This guy cuts and talks fast, but you can always back it up to listen again. Now, remember, your local butcher may not be familiar with all these cuts. Names for various pieces can vary from region to region and country to country as well. Also, this guy doesn’t mention ground beef. Some of that stuff he set aside will likely be ground, but also you can choose any or all of the beef to be ground. That will make expensive ground beef, but it will also be the highest quality ever! For more information about buying from your neighbor, read my earlier post.
‘British shoppers’ addiction to new clothes is putting the future of the planet at risk.’
As a nation, British shoppers buy more new clothes than any nation in Europe, with people buying twice as many items of clothing as they did a decade ago.
‘Fast Fashion’ – the reproduction of highly fashionable clothes at high speed and low cost – has far-reaching effects in terms of plastic pollution. Discarded clothes are piling up in landfill sites (government figures indicate that three in five garments end in landfill or incinerators within a year) and wildlife in our rivers and seas is eating synthetic fibres dislodged in the wash.
The Government Environmental Audit Committee recently announced plans to work closely with major fashion chains to reduce plastic waste and encourage recycling, and could call on the fashion industry to create a demand for longer life garments, along with a ban on dumping clothes in landfill. These are two key actions where increasing usage of natural fibres (such as wool) can make a real difference.
So why is wool a better choice?
Wool is recyclable
Products made out of synthetic fibres can take up to 40 years to degrade, while wool – a natural fibre – degrades in a fraction of that time. This is because wool is made of keratin, a natural protein similar to the protein that makes up human hair, which can be broken down naturally without causing an environmental hazard.
Wool will also reduce waste to landfill as it decomposes in soil in a matter of months or years, slowly releasing valuable nutrients back into the earth.
Wool lasts longer
Wool is an incredibly complex natural fibre, providing many attributes that plastic fibres just can’t match. Its natural crimp and elasticity endures constant wear and compression, and its bulk resists crushing and matting, helping it withstand continuous wear.
Wool needs less washing
Wool naturally absorbs moisture when the atmosphere is damp, and releases it when the atmosphere is dry, supporting less frequent, lower impact washing, which in turn prolongs the lifetime of garments. A simple airing is often enough to refresh woollen garments – simply hang them outside on a dry day for a couple of hours.
Were settling in for a long string of cold days, so time to catch up on those indoor jobs. So today, i’m turning a couple packages of home raised grass finished frozen oxtail into delicious and versatile food. After unwrapping and placing the thawed beef oxtail pieces in a large pot, cover with water, bring to a boil, then simmer for 3-4 hours. When tender, let cool then pull off the meat pieces. The bones and extra fat i feed to our laying hens. Chickens are omnivores, so it’s not a bad thing, but i never feed chicken back to chicken. Chicken bones are fed to the dog.
Ideas for the meat: baleadas, quesadillas, roast beef salad, roast beef sandwich (using broth to make gravy), barbecued pulled beef, beef topping for fresh salad, or make vegetable beef soup with the broth or just plain broth if you or a loved one is under the weather.
September’s meal for Refuge Ministries, Mexico, Missouri was an old favorite of ours which was published in the Centennial Baptist Church cookbook shared by Frankie Levingston, the mom of my dear high school chum, Sharie Levingston.
1 lb ground beef (i use our home raised fully grass-finished beef)
2 cups pasta
3 cups chopped tomatoes or 1-15 oz can sauce
1/2 cups chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped peppers (we prefer green beans, okra, or such)
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1 cup cubed cheese (use your favorite)
Prepare pasta as per package instructions, drain, set aside. While pasta is boiling, brown ground beef in a large skillet with chopped onions, add tomatoes or sauce, with optional vegetables. Stir to just mixed, then add pasta. Mix carefully then sprinkle about 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese over top along with the cubed cheese. Replace lid and put on low heat until cheese starts to melt. Serve over bed of lettuce if desired.
Prep time: 25 minutes
Author: Frankie Levingston, Centennial Baptist Church (Mexico, MO) cookbook.
My photos show this recipe multiplied by 10 to prepare enough for the Refuge plus have some meals to deliver to friends and neighbors who are recovering from surgeries.
Hope you enjoy preparing and serving this easy, inexpensive, and tasty dish.
I basically followed this recipe from Chef Edward Lee sans the fish sauce, where do you get that anyway? Ivis and i never had opportunity to go fishing this summer, so there are no fish in the freezer from which to obtain fish sauce. In place of soy sauce, i use Bragg’s Liquid Aminos. Additionally, i just sliced the brussels sprouts rather than shredding. No coriander or chili flakes (my husband is allergic to chili) and i used lemon juice in place of lime and red wine was substituted for the vinegar. Don’t let the lack of ingredients keep you from trying nifty recipes. Many can be eliminated or substituted and the dish will be just as great, not to mention your own creation. Go for it!!
Grassfed lamb is one of the most delicious and healthiest meats around. These chops were raised on a farm just north of us: Golden Circle Farms, Unionville, MO and are available for purchase in vacuum packed, USDA inspected packaging. Best way to contact Tom and Laurie Salter is by phone for now: 361-318-7745. Know your farmer to discover the cleanest and healthiest food for your family.
Sometimes a stumbled upon recipe in a catalogue or magazine or flyer really resonates with your family and it becomes part of the regular menu lineup. This casserole is one such that i found probably 20 years ago. The beauty of it, is that it is easily modified to accommodate your own tastes and whatever you have on hand (within reason of course!)
The original recipe is pictured way below, but the one i made yesterday included my home raised green beans and home grown grass finished ground beef. For chopping the vegetables i use a mini food chopper and even chop the green beans if i’m preparing for Sunday’s meal with Allen’s 98-year-old Aunt June. She has lost her teeth and can’t keep track of dentures – so it is what it is.
Family sized version:
2 lbs grass-finished ground beef
1 medium sized onion – chopped
3 medium sized carrots – chopped
1-2 cups Asian long pole green beans – chopped
1 24 oz jar of Eden Organic tomatoes (normally i use my home raised tomatoes, but i’ve already run out!) Eden’s brand is excellent, but, honestly, to open them, i either need my stout son, Dallas, to do it, or i go get my long handled Channel Lock pliers. It’s really ridiculous.
2 cups of your favourite cheese, divided – 1 1/2 cups to stir into veggie/beef mix, 1/2 cup to top off the casserole. Or stir in 2 cups of cheese to melt – whatever your choice!
Brown the ground beef in a 4 quart pot and add all the vegetables, including the tomato sauce, throw in maybe a tablespoon of salt (check your tomato sauce – it may already have salt in it – i try to use straight tomatoes) and a teaspoon of black pepper -whatever suits ya, and let it simmer for 20 minutes or so. Add 1 1/2 cups of your favourite cheese and stir to melt.
Once the mix is ready, pour into a 9×13 inch pan, level it off, then top with biscuits. I make my own, but you can buy some to use. Then sprinkle about a cup of shredded cheese on top. Then add a sprinkling of parsley, basil, or oregano if you like.
Bake in a preheated oven of 375 F for about 28 minutes until cheese is melted and biscuits are golden brown. This makes 6-8 servings. Takes about an hour to make and bake, but if there are leftovers, it’s still a time saver. What does it cost? that will totally depend on the quality of ingredients you purchase.