Osso Bucco Parcels

Osso Bucco Parcels

Osso Bucco Parcels

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Osso Bucco, shin cut into “chops”, is just about my favourite cut of beef. The rich, meaty flavour lends itself to heavy, richly spiced dishes .. which is why it is sold as “gravy beef” once cut from the bone. Braised with the bone, swimming in a thick, aromatic sauce and accompanied by garlic foccacia, it is the ultimate Winter warmer.

I really enjoy the silky texture that marrow brings to the dish. No surprise then, to learn that it forms the basis for many of the dishes I prepare to celebrate Yule (Midwinter).

You don’t remember me, do you?

Sad Panda

Sad Panda

It was the phone call every parent dreads. I was settling down to a hot cuppa and a chat with my afternoon client when I was interupted by my phone ringing. It was Angel’s school principal.

“There’s been an accident ..”

Cheating at Cheating

Beloved posted my “Cheating at Spaghetti and Meatballs” on one of his forums. How odd. I’d have thought something more exotic, something to show off my culinary prowess would be my entrance onto the public stage. While the feedback was mostly positive; I am going to exercise my prerogative and wave the flag in defense of Casa de Chaos. Here is my reply and my thoughts on cheating at cheating.

Feel free to skip this post if it doesn’t involve you 🙂

Beef Burgundy

Beef Burgundy

Beef Burgundy

Midwinter’s Night was an unusually sedate affair this year, breaking bread with “my” daughters. Which did not prevent me pulling out all the stops. Scribbler had requested a favourite dish, seconded by Artist, with Angel chiming in the chorus in the name of solidarity. How could I refuse??

One of the most important ingredients in this dish is a good, gutsy red wine .. one that will blend and enhance the beef flavour without overwhelming it. A jaunt to my local bottle-shop rewarded me with a very nice Cabernet Merlot .. which I decided to taste test. I mean .. if it’s not good enough to drink, it’s not good enough to cook with; right? I poured a glass and sipped it slowly and appreciatively. As I sat down to update a blog post an hour or two later, I poured another glass .. a second opinion is a valuable thing; right?

Gloria’s Sausage ‘n Beans

Sausages and Beans

Sausages and Beans

This is a recipe given to me by my late much-lamented ex-Mother-in-Law. It’s a cheap, easy, tasty dish that should ring a bell with many Baby-Boomers. It’s also very versatile, adapting easily to various sausages and seasonings according to flavour preferences or dietary needs. The version pictured was cooked with spicy Polish Sausage (Kransky). Below, I have included my lower fat variation using chevapchichi.

I hope it does this lovely Lady justice.