Lifestyle & Parenting


October 19, 2012

Superstar chef Vikram Vij took a moment out of his busy schedule to chat
with us about the new Pilsner Urquell Perfect Pairing Cookbook.

Beer’s the new wine, people. You heard it here first.

Herewith, five question (in five minutes). And go!

1. I think many home cooks are used to the idea of wine as a cooking
staple, but what does beer bring to a dish that makes it unique?

VV: Beer can be used in lots of light batter of flour for great tasting
Fish and Chips. [Editor’s note: YUM]

2. Sometimes when using a cookbook, one can find mid-recipe that they
are short on this or out of that. What’s the best way to course correct
on a dish that may be going awry?

VV: Cooking is not supposed to
be exact, so what ever spices one has, they should cook and enjoy
however it turns out.

3. When you cook at home, do you allow
for a lot of freedom, or prefer a more structured system in the kitchen?

VV: I usually cook very whimsical, I never follow any structure but I
cook with a lot of passion.

4. Beer seems to be rivalling wine
for a spot at dinner parties. What’s your favourite dish to pair with

VV: I would definitely have some curry or spicy dishes
with a nice delicious beer.

5. If unexpected guests show up
and you want to make something quick and hot, what’s your go-to casual

VV: Rice and beans and a nice salad.

There will be live tastings and book signings across the country…

Saturday, October 27 Summerhill LCBO (10 Scrivener Square)
11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Friday, November 2 Bayview Village LCBO (2901 Bayview
Avenue) 2 p.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday, November 3 Bloor West LCBO (2180
Bloor Street West) 12 p.m.-4 p.m.

Thursday, October 25 Legacy Liquor Store (1622 Manitoba
Street) 4 p.m.-7 p.m.
Thursday, November 1 Legacy Liquor Store (1622
Manitoba Street) 4 p.m.-7 p.m.
Friday, November 2nd BC Liquor Store
39th and Cambie (5555 Cambie Street) 4 p.m.8 p.m.

Thursday, November 1st Willow Park (10801 Bonaventure Drive
SW) 7 p.m.-9 p.m.


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