On May 14, Andrew and I threw a little party at our apartment to share our homebrew with friends. We had a cavalcade of one-liter bottles chilled and ready for consumption by the time people arrived, courtesy of a gigantic plastic tub that we lugged into the kitchen and filled with ice. Half were filled with an IPA and the other half were full of amber ale. All photos here were taken by my friend Akito, photographer extraordinaire.
We had a table full of food, including a caramelized sweet onion and bacon dip, radish/boursin/chive tartines, a spicy cheddar cheese ball, a red potato salad with young red onions/scallions/radishes, and asparagus with a hazelnut pesto. But I thought it might also be fun to do a white pizza with ramps. I bought the dough pre-made and let it rise all day long while I was getting everything else ready.
Decking out the pizza was as simple as adding olive oil, salt, pepper, mozzarella and Parmesan. Plus ramps.
After about ten minutes in the oven at 400 degrees, it was ready to be sliced and served.
For dessert I made strawberry rhubarb ice cream and a root beer/Valrhona chocolate cake.
Andrew and I are already talking about the next party. We have two new batches of homebrew ready for drinking in July---a Trappist-style Belgian strong dark ale and a porter. And mead!