Blackford Beef

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#snow and #arthursseat

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Nothing like snow to bring out the joy of life especially when you don’t need to get to work in it.  The boys couldn’t contain their excitement as we agreed to go up blackford hill.  It was a two cups of tea breakfast just to get the body moving and awake. Our boots magically appeared all lined up at the door.  A realisation from the youngest that if he kept himself busy, at the same time as aiding the cause then we would get out there quicker.

Yesterday had been a good day in the kitchen.  I’d turned my perusing and pondering into reality.  

From Kitchen Diaries iii

  • Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cheesecake
  • Aubergine gratin
  • Slow roasted beef ribs
  • Focaccia

Notes to self:  Start the cheese cake the day before needed.  Less of a faff than first thought and it’s a keeper.  Just delicious and does get better with age.

Aubergine just loves olive oil! It’s very thirsty.

The beef ribs were massive, they caught with in the first hour, resulting in tin foil (our inherited oven does  have heat spots and not very good at regulating the temperature). Did I say the ribs were massive, more than enough meat.  I ended up stripping the bones rather than presenting on a plate and we had more than enough for two meals.
All three served as a meal worked well.

Don’t pretend you will only eat half the bread and save the other for the next! Just won’t happen.

Leave Overnight

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Next time read the recipe! #cooking

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A homey Saturday, with January in full force outside and that means full on cave dwelling.  I’ve got a few jobs to do like curtain rail hanging and some cooking plans.  I’ve been organised enough to get my ingredients into the big shop so all that was left to do was look at timings.  I’m never this organised and then I read…..leave to cool then transfer to fridge overnight.  Flipping heck…….recipes that tantalise the taste buds should come with an international symbol that gives you some measure, some indication that your in for a rough ride if you start at tea time! 

Beef Ribs

Holding true to my goal of challenging my cooking habits and trying to mix things up in the kitchen I’m trying the rib recipe in diaries number iii this weekend.

This makes me nervous on so many levels…..

  1. My oven experience at the moment is either on or off.  Great for cremations not so good for slow cooking.
  2. Our butcher is great, but I’ve never seen beef ribs in the display cabinet.
  3. I’ve been given free reign for Saturday night tea…..but have I been given the off piste free reign that this is taking us?
  4. The recipe calls for marination, that means up front preparation, and that means thinking ahead!

One of those rare nights when I’m on duty for pickup of both boys from their respective points of education with a tight timescale of getting one to their music lesson.  If I add on 5 mins I can squeeze in the butcher.  Knowing full well our butchers is open early doors and closed sharp.

We got there around 16:45, to find all the trays gleaming and empty….bad times I thought.  The butcher beckoned us in, ‘what you after?’.  A couple of sausages for the boys tea, no problem….anything else.  Do you have any beef ribs?  A long shot going through my mind and the dread of some rebuke.   Only in the freezer and they are £2 each.   Stunned, the price seemed fine, what did ‘each’ mean.  As he opened up the freezer and got a glimpse, too late to say no now that he’d gone to the trouble…..definitely looked like it would cover the 8 I needed.  At £4 I knew I’d got a steal, and covered the main ingredient……I left with a smile and two frozen rib bricks.

As I got the bricks home and thought about the practicalities, realisation sunk in, the recipe asked for short ribs.  No way we’re these babies going to fit in a zip lock bag!    The hunt for a container ensued and success was found in using a large cake Tupperware box.

The marinade was pretty easy and filled the kitchen with a lovely aroma, given the size of the ribs though, not sure it was enough.  Committed to the cause though, I applied it last night and gave it a turn over this morning ……….and that is where we leave this adventure for now!

An Apple a Day

 

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#resolutions going to try for an apple a day

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A plain and simple new years resolution for me…..I’m going to try and eat an apple a day!

I’m quite a fussy fruit eater at heart and this year I want to make better in-roads into having a healthy diet.

I’m told that:

  • Apples are rich in vitamin c
  • They have enzymes that help digest protein
  • A soluable fibre, again good for digestion
  • Rich in beta-carotene, iron and pectin

The Wikipedia entry for Apples is amazing!