As you know from reading my blog, i really like Corriente cows. I’m nearly out of the purebred ones, but most of my replacements have a percentage of Corriente in them and that adds to the cross. It’s a slim profit raising Corrientes unless you can find a niche market. Also, they will not ‘finish’ like a beef cow, so are far too lean with next to no fat cover to make it profitable to butcher them. (However, the meat is absolutely outstanding and that is pretty much all we butcher for ourselves.) So they remain relegated to entertainment (rodeo).
Anyway, a short article came out in the most recent edition of Working Ranch and I’d like to share it with you.
As followers of my blog realise, I struggle mightily each late August through September with ragweed allergies. It’s been so since my middle child turned one year old in 1994. Oddly, of the three children, he is the only one who also suffers badly from same allergy. I’ve discovered this year that our home raised grassfinished beef broth either drank alone or with finely chopped onions and a pinch of powdered garlic really hits the spot.
On Sunday afternoon, i threw a thawed 4 ish lb sirloin roast into a small electric roaster. I must admit, i use this little roast unrelentingly, yet only paid $5 for the thing! It was at a church fundraising bazaar and that is the price marked on it. I did not like the noisy little fan on the air roaster, so it was simply removed and the holecovered with tape. Done and done.
Day 1: Sliced roast with smashed sweet potato and fresh salad. Not much more to say, very delicious, simple, and filling. Pictured here is one small smashed sweet potato and about 3.5 ounces of beef roast and a ubiquitous power salad.
Day 2 – Beef & Vegetable Soup – was planning something else, but my husband came up croupy and sick with a cold, so switched gears to make a cold buster soup. Mix the broth created when the roast was cooking with the cooking water from the sweet potato preparation for a nutritionally powerful base for adding sliced carrots, diced scrubbed potatoes with skins, finely chopped onion, minced garlic, sliced celery, then salt and pepper to taste. The broth is strong, but i added 2-3 oz of roast chopped into small pieces to this dish. All in all this yielded about 5 cups of deliciousness. Bring to slight boil, then simmer 20 minutes, but longer doesn’t hurt, just mind keeping on the lid so the moisture doesn’t get away. Feel free to add water for a thinner soup.
Day 3: Crumbled roast in Scrambled eggs (Egg Frittata)
This is my go to when i’m short on time for anything – don’t even need meat. Saute a finely chopped small onion in the saved fat drippings from cooking the roast. After a couple minutes, cut or chop fresh spinach into the skillet, stir those around until softened, then add as much crumbled roast as you want, then add eggs. This is one of the recipes where you can add as much or as little as you need to make the meal. Plus, dress it up even more with sliced fresh mushrooms, sliced black olives, shredded cheese. Or exchange the spinach with any leftover greens you have in the frig.
Day 4: Cubed roast beef with smashed potatoes and white sauce, steamed broccoli
Since i used all the broth for the sick day soup, white gravy made with milk will be a great substitute. Onions are for healing, so finely chopped and sauteed in the beef fat before adding flour and milk creates more robust and healthful gravy.
Day 5 – Roast Beef Salad – an old fashioned favourite
To squeeze out another power soup, use the cooking water from potatoes and steamed broccoli – chop onions, carrots, and the stems of the broccoli – add to the water and bring to a boil. Season with salt, pepper, and even parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme to boost flavour if you like. Although i seldom use rosemary or thyme simply because i don’t like them!
So, there’s a small example of roast flexibility, whatever it’s worth!
Encouraged by the wonderful recipe, Broccoli Mushroom Cheddar Quiche published by Cooking With A Wallflower last month, i pulled together what ingredients I had and then tweaked it a bit to meet our tastes, discovering along the way that despite adoring black olives, i did not like them in my recipe! Unfortunately, I did not have mushrooms and i think that those will be much preferred. BUT, here’s my recipe for today – easily tweakable for your own tastes.
Mix it all together with a fork and press mixture into a buttered 9-inch pie dish. Cook in a 350°F oven for 12 minutes.
Pie filling Yummies
1 cup cooked and crumbled home made beef sausage
2 cups broccoli florets (rinsed and patted dry)
2 or 3 dientes garlic, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup sliced black olives
4 large eggs
1 cup real milk
1 cup monterey jack cheese
1/2 cup cheddar cheese
Crumble and cook your homemade beef sausage in a saucepan with a lid. Once it’s done, remove with a slotted spoon leaving the drippings in the pan and add slice garlic. Saute those for a couple minutes, then add sliced olives and broccoli florets. Cover and let simmer just to steam the broccoli a bit. Don’t cook it until it gets soggy.
Mix the sausage back into the broccoli, etc. Pour off any excess moisture, but i didn’t have any. Dump the lot into your cooked pie shell. Spread the 1 cup of Monterey Jack cheese kind of over the top and mix in a bit maybe. Then whisk together the milk and eggs. Pour that over all the mixture, then top with the 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese.
Bake in a 350°F oven for 45 minutes. I stuck a toothpick in the middle right at 45 minutes and it was spot on perfect done. Let it stand maybe 15 minutes before slicing into 6-8 pieces. Serve warm.
Now, here’s an important note about the crust. Unless you want an extra thick crust, you’ll find that you have about 1/3 of it left over. Not wanting any to waste, i went ahead and buttered the end of this stone baking pan and spread it out and cooked it along with the quiche, but it’s only going to need cooking about 20 minutes! This makes really tasty crackers.
Heat milk to 160 degrees (about steaming)over medium heat. Add one cup hot milk to egg yolks, then blend into the remaining milk. Remain vigilant and/or whisk often to keep it from sticking and burning to the bottom of the pot. Add sugar (or honey) and spices, then reheat. This is great warm or cold.
As always, use organic, fresh, local whenever possible.
Jerry really likes this and it’s packed with calories and fat, which is important for him right now. He warms up a cup of eggnog if he has trouble falling asleep or for brekkie in the morning with his softened cereal.
1/2 teaspoon salt (use Real salt or something that is 100% salt – check the label)
3 tablespoons cold water
1 tablespoon tapioca flour (cassava)* or cornstarch
2 eggs slightly beaten (farm fresh from pastured hens is best)
Heat broth and salt to boiling. Mix cold water and tapioca flour; stir gradually into broth. Boil and stir 1 minutes. Slowly pour eggs into broth stirring constantly with fork, to form shreds of egg. Remove from heat; stir slowly once or twice.
You can also make this without thickening it with the tapioca flour or cornstarch if it needs to be absolutely thin liquid.
For best medicine, you need to find a local farmer from whom you can purchase healthy pasture raised spent hens or broilers. You may have to butcher them yourself. Cook them down bones and all, pull off the meat bits, then throw the bones and cartilage back into the water and simmer another hour or so. The goal is to get as much of the chondroitan out of the cartilage and minerals out of the bones and into your broth. Once done, strain out the bones and let the broth cool. Chicken fat is quite soft, so if you want to skim it off, you’ll eventually have to put it in the frig or other cool spot so that it will harden on the top of the broth so that you can remove it with a slotted spoon.
Buying chicken broth in the store is NOT the same product as what you are making here.
As always, find certified organic or organically raised ingredients.
This was a big hit with my father-in-law who is recovering from hernia surgery, is very weak, and really doesn’t have an appetite.
However, it’s quite good even if you aren’t sick or in recovery.
*my friend Francoirse raises cassava in DRC!
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