I managed to walk Ben 3 times yesterday without getting rained upon, after getting back from the last one I had no sooner shut the door when down it came. The wind was positively Arctic and very strong, Ben was most reluctant to go out later but needs must and all that.
I did a little trip to see Mr T this morning and picked up a bargain or 2. All is now safely stowed away and the cupboards are groaning nicely.
The sun is streaming down today although the wind is much the same as yesterday. Washing is duly blowing on the twirly whirly, the vacuum has had an outing and all the debris has been sorted.
Dinner is in the slow cooker and was based on the RTC beef that I could not resist buying this morning.
Here it is ready to go in to the preheated slow cooker, some dishes are just so much better for being started on the stove top.
Here is the recipe, just in case someone would like to try it.
1 Tbsp veg oil
the beef as above
2 Tbsp plain flour
1 Red onion peeled and sliced
3 Cloves of garlic peeled and sliced
2 Tsp dried ground ginger
2 Tsp smoked Paprika
2 Peppers, deseeded and sliced
I also added a few lonely carrots that were lurking in the fridge
1 Tin chopped tomatoes
1 Tin kidney beans rinsed and drained
2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp Brown sugar
2 Tbsp Red wine vinegar
1 sachet sweet chilli sauce
salt and pepper
100ml Beef stock, I made my own but a stock cube would do.
Dice the beef and toss in the flour, brown in the veg oil in batches, Add the onions and garlic to the pan and put all the browned beef back in. Cook slowly for around 10 minutes, stirring so it does not catch, add the beef stock and bring to the boil, make sure to stir all the little bits off the bottom of the pan. Add the rest of the ingredients and bring back to the boil, stirring. Tip into a preheated slow cooker and cook 6 hrs on low. It should be so tender that it melts around the fork. I will serve this with steamed green veg, it goes well with potatoes, pasta or rice if you are hungry.
I think that the ingredients came to around £2. 80, Half a cabbage will cost 25p and half a head of broccoli is also 25p so dinner for 3 will be £3.80. A bit more than I would like to spend, if I add carbohydrate it would feed 4 at a cost of around £4.25. I want to have a pudding, Apple Something with custard, probably Eve's Pudding as it is a favourite. The apples are from the garden and a 2 egg sponge with a pint of custard would come out at around £1 50, and would serve 4-6 depending on how
greedy hungry you are.
This would work with pork shoulder but I would use a white bean and probably add some celery, use white onion and chicken stock and a chopped apple.
Reasons to be grateful.
1. Dinner done and dusted.
2. Washing done and dried.
4. Steve Irwin recording for me to watch later.
5. My copy of "Love Patchwork and Quilting" to read.
The magazine came yesterday but I was too uncomfortable to settle down and read. I did skim through it and found a cushion that I just have to have, so I have it all cut out and ready to sew. This months edition is chock full of wonderful things to make, even more so than usual, and that is no mean feat.
I have carried on sorting and removing items from the cottage and have 2 baskets full of "stuff" to take to the CS. I could be a lot more ruthless but there are some things that I can not part with just yet.
I am off to check that the kitchen is put to rights then out with Ben, I am looking forward to walking in sunshine.