Some dishes can have you slavering like a hungry wolf stood over the still warm carcass of a freshly killed deer at the merest thought of them, and then howling at the moon in frustration, as you impatiently wait for them to finish cooking.
This is such a dish.
Beef and Vegetable Soup
Dateline: A miserable Monday in February, just after Valentines Day, and quite a while before Easter.
Wet. Cold. Sky like a crumpled, tatty, gray bin liner.
A soup day, in other words.
Thai beef and mushroom curry
Sometimes, with a frequency roughly on a par with total solar eclipses, or the appearance of February the 29th, our local supermarket will surprise us.
Every now and then, to your complete and utter amazement, they will have every item on your shopping list in stock.
This is our family’s version of an old school beef stew, which has evolved over many years of trial and error, tasting, refinement, and experimentation.
Garlic and Herb Vinaigrette Marinated Steaks
As with my earlier post about Sesame Seed Crusted Steaks, this is another recipe, albeit somewhat tweaked, from the book that Mrs. Paleovirtus got as a birthday present from Paleovirtus Jr, detailing many and varied ways of doing wonderful things to a good old slab of cow.
Sesame crusted sirloin steaks
We narrowly avoided a disaster, and an embarrassing one at that.
It happens every year. Mrs. Paleovirtus’ birthday, coming so soon after Christmas as it does, catches us by surprise, and yet again we thoroughly forget to co-ordinate the present buying.
We (Paleovirtus Jr. and I) came this close (does thumb and first finger thing to indicate a Very Small Thing Indeed) to getting her the same thing.
Chinese braised beef
This dish is yet another old favourite that for some unfathomable reason fell out of favour.
I can’t for the life of me think why. When it comes to box-ticking, or reckoning up merit points, it’s streets ahead of anything even vaguely similar.