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Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Recipe of Deck - Superbowl Sunday Sauerbraten Roast



This is what you'll need for ingredients

2 cups water
1 cup cider vinegar
1 cup red wine vinegar
1 medium onion, chopped
1 large carrot, chopped
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon kosher salt, additional for seasoning meat
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 bay leaves
6 whole cloves
12 juniper berries
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 (3 1/2 to 4-pound) bottom round
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/3 cup sugar
18 dark old-fashioned gingersnaps (about 5 ounces), crushed
1/2 cup seedless raisins, optional

In a medium saucepan measure out 

Start with one cup of apple cider vinegar

And 1 cup of red wine vinegar 

Mustard seeds can be found at most regular grocery stores

1 teaspoon mustard seeds

Aah bay leaves, don't even bother if you don't have these little beauties

Whole cloves

And the veggies, use good carrots not those stubby flavourless ones.

Juniper berries were a little tougher to find but The Cookbook Company always comes through. Williams and Sonoma has them too.


Bring the marinade to a boil and simmer for 25 minutes, them cool.

Salt and pepper your roast really well before you sear it off. This is probably the most important step you have in this recipe because searing the roast builds a ton of flavour and helps keep the meat really moist during slow roasting.

Oh yeah!

This is the weird part of this recipe, usually you would pop the roast in the oven on low for 4 hours to finish cooking. With Sauerbraten you marinade the partially cooked roast in your cooled marinade for three days!

Add 1/4 cup of sugar after you combine the roast and marinade

After 3 days I popped it in the oven at 325 degrees marinade and all for 4 hours. Take the roast out and wrap in foil to keep hot.

Then strain your cooked marinade


Strained marinade

There's another fun part to this recipe, you use pulverised Ginger Snaps to thicken the marinade into a gravy

I use Anna's Ginger Thins

Whizz them up or smash them

Whisk into the gravy and you are ready to serve, oh and I skipped the raisins just because.

Yes it took three days to make, but can you tell my the gleam in my eye if it was worth it?

Thursday, 8 January 2015

"Have a good life brother."

'Banksy' signed the print of a flower thrower with a distinctive autograph (pictured) and gave it to the helpful schoolboy telling him to 'have a good life'

A school boy in England riding on the train bent down and helped a gentleman pick up his paints when he dropped his bag. The man called himself, "Robin Banks" a gave the helpful boy this signed Banksy print in return. He followed by saying it was worth about £20,000 and to have a good life brother. Awesome! 

Cheers to good manners! Cheers to kindness! And cheers to rewarding good behaviour! Oh and the The Queen and to Banksy! 
CHEERS!


Ben Azarya (pictured with the print) 14, was given the print with a distinctive autograph by a man who introduced himself as Robin Banks- a name linked to Banksy

Monday, 15 December 2014