Friday, February 5, 2010


Ron's cousin Susan once went to me and said, "When do you find the time to do all that cooking?" Well Sue, the truth of the matter is I am just like any other person in our age group, I go through my phases of , "cooking up a storm", and then my dry spells, when it's easier just opening a can of soup and have a sandwich, or ordering in a pizza. Lately there has been more of the latter as I found myself in a bit of a funk with a sinus infection, that got cured, but today seems to be returning!
So, what you see above you is a meal that I prepared a while ago ( in November, that I had saved for just such an occasion as this, when I knew I wouldn't have the energy or inclination to cook and photograph all at the same time, after all I too am only human).
I'm not making any excuses, but frankly, some celebrations do not need to be blogged about all the time as I too want to enjoy the occasion and not always run around with a camera taking pictures, so when I do cook and am reasonably pleased with the outcome I do photograph and save these entries for a later blogging date date. This blog is an important part of me, but there is more to my life than blogging and I don't want it to become a chore but something I do that gives me pleasure. After all, you can pick up any food magazine and see better pictures and more detailed instructions than my abridged version, or for that matter more interesting meals to prepare. But, if you don't mind dropping by and looking, and hopefully getting some ideas from my blog than do continue to drop by and leave a comment on the blog.

I had mentioned some time ago that I had received a cookbook in the fall from BloggerAid Changing the Face of Famine , and find myself using this wonderful book as my go to book for some inspiration and seasonal cooking. This Braised Short Rib recipe is from their Fall section but could easily qualify as a winter comfort food.
These ribs made a beautiful succulent meal, perfect for a cool wintry evening. Season generously.

In a large skillet heat 3 T. oil over medium heat. Add the short ribs in batches and brown repeating until all ribs are done.Transfer to a plate.

In the same skillet add a little more oil and saute the celery, onion, carrots and garlic. About 5 minutes. Remove from skillet.

Add wine, port and vinegar to the skillet, stirring to scrape up the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Bring to a boil and cook until reduced by half about 10 minutes.

Add everything to a dutch oven and....

Add the beef stock.

The stock should cover the ribs, cover with a lid and simmer .
Bake until tender about 2 hours at 35o degrees. When done remove ribs and further reduce the sauce by 3 quarters , about another 23 minutes. You can garnish the ribs with some more salt, pepper and some gremolata. or serve with some nice mashed potatoes or mashed apples and parsnip.
about 7 lbs of beef short ribs
salt and freshly cracked pepper
1/4 cup olive oil (separated)
2 cups chopped onions
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup chopped celery
3 garlic cloves
2 dried bay leaves
21/2 cups of hearty red wine
1 1/2 cups of port
2 T. balsamic vinegar
6 cups of beef stock.
from EARTH TO TABLE Seasonal Recipes from an Organic Farm by Jeff Crump and
Bettina Schurmann.


Velva said...

Just divine!!! I am so glad that you saved this short rib recipe from Nov. This is so perfect right now with the weather.

As for blogging...I have to remind myself that I own my blog, it does not own me :-) Like you, I get so much pleasure but, life happens and some days there is just not enough hours in the day, or I just plain don't feel like it.

I hope that you have kicked that sinus infection.


Anonymous said...

this really looks delcious and our winter is far from over...seeing that it is also one of my husbnad's favourite meals, it will have to find a way to our table! And yes, we all go through those dry spells, b ut that is OK. It is part of life. And blogging.. it can become very powerful if we aren't careful and instead of bein the fun it should be, it can rule(and ruin) our lives.