Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Coke cuisine

We went out for lunch to the Waterside Bistro in Haddington today. There was this must-have item on the menu : Ayrshire gammon in Coca-Cola sauce. Yup, you read that right. Number one fizzy drink in the world, (but only just in Scotland) used as a marinade for a dish. Of course I went for it. And let me tell you it was delicious. It's like a very rich gravy, but slightly sweet. Like a sweet and sour sauce you might get in a chinese meal.
It's definitely a first for me. I've never heard of a chef using coke in a recipe before. But it works.


Mr Eugenides said...

I don't know if you cook, but you might be interested to see this.

Never tried it; always planned to.

Deacon Barry said...

That looks like it. Thanks for the link. I am now a convert.

Bohemian Road Nurse... said...

And then there's "Chicken Ketcha-Cola". You mix Coca-Cola and a big bottle of Ketchup together, and use it to cook a chicken in (like a barbecue sauce) either in the oven or a slow-cooker. It's really good.

Interrobang said...

I was going to say, they do that kind of thing a lot in the southeastern US, home of sweet potatoes cooked in a brown sugar, butter, and marshmallow sauce. Apparently people already beat me to providing recipes. (Yuck.)

Deacon Barry said...

I am so going to try that Chicken Ketcha-cola.
Then I'm going to go for the ultimate taste sensation:
Deep fried Mars bar in a Ketcha-cola sauce served with Interrobang's sweet potatoes.