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My First Sunday Roast

I recently got a lot of flack from my favorite UK pals because my FIRST Sunday Roast was “non-traditional.” You guys, I slowly cooked a tough piece of sale-meat until it was melty and flaky and delicious. This is as traditional as I get! So, for now, let’s agree to agree that we’re all better off after The Blues vs The Reds War. The Blues sometimes serve egg noodles with pot roast and The Reds eat Yorkshire pudding every Sunday, whatever that is.

Anyway, I took pictures while I prepared dinner, look!

First cook some finely chopped veggies until they are tender.

First cook some finely chopped veggies until they are tender.

Don't just bung it into the slow cooker! Sear your meat!

Don’t just bung it into the slow cooker! Sear your meat!

Boil some wine until it turns into a syrup (with meat and veggie flavors in it).

Pour wine syrup and boiling beef broth (or water) over meat and veggies.

What can you do in 9 hours? I wrote, shopped, played with kid, and worried the meat would never become tender.

All done! It was tender. I did a dance that resembled a deer frolicking in the woods. It made my daughter laugh at with me.

Carrots and parsnips are almost finished roasting. Egg noodles are nearly finished too!

When meat was resting, I poured the liquid from the slow cooker into a bowl using a strainer. I pressed the veggies into the strainer to squeeze all of the deliciousness out. Graaaaavy!

Almost forgot to take a pic! I had already started eating. Sorry!

BTW, see the package! Egg noodles go with pot roast, ya Reds!

Also, this is how you do lunch leftovers the next day.


Favorite Fall Things: Stew!

Today felt like fall, so I abandoned my child in the wild (turned TV on and provided her with a snack) while I prepped our first fall stew.

I got the recipe from a slow cooker cookbook I found at a half-price bookstore. And in a rare turn of events, I followed the recipe (aside from adding barley, wine, and seasoning near the end of the cook time because the stew had no flavor whatsoever).

How to make flavorless beef stew in your slow cooker:

Step One: Put child in highchair and provide him/her/it with apples and graham crackers. Doling out two ultra-treats in one snack may help you handle your guilt while simultaneously handling bloody meat chunks. Turn on TV and change channel from ESPN to child-appropriate programming.

“You go cook, ma! I’ll watch this magic screen of evil.”

Step Two: Layer bottom of slow cooker with potatoes and carrots. Gorgeous!

Hearty stew foundation

Step Three: Flour bloody stew meat (that butcher already cut and trimmed) and brown it.

Chunks of floured meat!

Step Four: Add browned meat to slow cooker. Free child from high chair after she is sufficiently snacked and TV’ed out.

This, here, is meat stew!

Step Five: Chop up onion and celery and mix up with meat, being careful not to disturb the carrots and potatoes below. “Tuck in” parsley and bay leaf…and sing them a lullaby.

Mixed and tucked!

Step Six: Pour about 2 cups of “seasoned” beef broth over the sexy meat and veggie medley. Set the slow cooker on High for 5 hours (because you decided to change the order of this week’s meal-plan at 10:00 AM this morning, leaving no time for a proper 9-hour slow-cook at the Low temp setting).

Imagine if you were high for 5 hours!

Step Seven: Leave frozen peas out to thaw and place the package of instant barley (that you accidentally bought at Trader Joe’s that one time) next to slow cooker so you remember to add them in the last 20 minutes of cooking.

Cold peas

Step Eight: Serve with with whatever you’d like… bread, rice, buttered egg noodles, and/or a bottle of red wine. Dig in!

So…I forgot to take a pic of the plated stew and it looks like vomit in tupperware.

Have you started cooking any fall treats?