I am in the process of trying to clear out my freezer and dig out some things that have been in there a while and need to be cooked, you know what I mean, things that get pushed to the back, drop into cracks or you just can't be bothered to cook because of the preparation involved. This weekend out came a lump of beef with the label Beef Bolar Blade Roast. To be honest I wasn't entirely sure what that was. The man turned his nose up and said "sounds like cheap stewing steak to me". I still hesitated - the word "Roast" threw me, but not wanting to roast it and it be tough and get the "I told you so" looks, I thought maybe a pot roast might do the trick. I looked through a few of my books before Beef Pot Roast Provencal took my fancy (sounds much better than Bolar Blade!) in Leanne Kitchen's book "The Butcher"! (It always makes me smile when people's names are synonymous with their profession).
So, a quick scan of the ingredients confirmed I had everything (if not exactly - I could improvise) and as this was going to take at least two hours to cook I needed to get my skates on (and the air-conditioner). The meat had defrosted the night before so I was good to go.
3 tomatoes skins removed (I used a tin of crushed tomatoes)
2 tbsp olive oil
2 kg rolled beef brisket ( mine obviously was Bolar Blade and not quite 2 Kg)
3 cups beef stock
1 cup red wine
3 tbsp brandy - no brandy in the house used Bundaberg Rum
2 onions quartered
3 cloves of garlic crushed
2 bay leaves
handful of parsley chopped
2 tbsp thyme
6 small carrots chopped
2 tbsp plain flour
Heat olive oil in a deep heavy-based saucepan or pan. Add the beef and cook over med-high heat turning to brown all over.
It was obvious my pan was not going to be deep enough to take my lump of meat so I buterflied it down the middle to open it up enabling it to lay flat in my pan.
When sealed on all sides add tomatoes, stock, wine, rum/brandy, onion, garlic, bay leaves, parsley and thyme.
Cover and bring to a simmer.
Cook over low heat for 1 1/2 hours.
Add carrots and cook for a further 30 mins.
Remove beef to a plate and cover with foil to rest for 10 mins.
Put flour in a small bowl and stir in enough water to make a smooth paste.
Add the paste to the pan - stirring constantly over medium heat until it thickens - then cook for 3 mins.The beef is then ready to carve although mine was so tender it practically fell apart and drizzled with the gravy it was yummy.
The real reason for wanting to make a roast was my $2.50 charity shop find on Friday!
I dropped in a bag of unwanted stuff and had a quick look at the china and glasswear.
I have had an eye out for a yorkshire pudding tin as mine had gone astray years ago (or poached by daughters) and have found them very difficult to find so I was quite excited when I saw this practically new tin and I just had to buy it.
So while the beef was cooking I mixed up the flour, milk and egg batter for the puds.
Greased the tray with lard and put it into the oven on high until the tray was smoking.
|Batter mix = 125g plain flour, 2 eggs, 250ml milk, |
good pinch of salt, mix until smooth consistency
pour into hot pudding tray, bake till brown and crisp.
The house smelt unbelievably good, the man was satisfied, what more could I ask for!
Now what to make with the leftovers..........