Forgot to publish this earlier – did this one a couple weeks ago!
Felt like doing something a bit different & out of my wheelhouse taste wise. Recipe called for a beef brisket, but damn that piece of meat is super expensive & wasn’t small enough. I should have thought ahead & went to my local butcher & checked with them, alas, I am quite lazy & did not.
Hmmm, apricots with meat. This is where it gets iffy for me, but I know a lot of folks enjoy the sweet & savory. Really trying to expand my palette & attempt new items in my cooking.
1 large onion, sliced into wedges
2 parsnips, chopped
2 lbs boneless beef brisket (too expensive so I just used a pot roast)
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
salt & freshly ground black pepper
1 cup dry red wine
1/2 cup beef broth
2 tablespoons honey
1 cup whole dried apricot
Add the onion & parsnips to crock (I never add the veggies to the bottom, they just get too mushy & I usually add at about 1/2 way thru time wise, but didn’t this time).
Mix coriander, cumin, cinnamon, garlic & nutmeg together then rub into the meat. Place meat in the crock. Mix the wine, broth & honey together & pour over the meat & veggies.
Add the apricots around the meat & on top of the veggies.
Set on LOW for 6hrs.
Well… not too bad, but as mentioned not my thing. The parsnips, onion & apricots made a nice side to the meat. Weird, usually when I cook the meat in some liquid the meat just falls apart, but this time it was a tad dry – good taste to meat though.
Not sure I’d make it again, yet is always fun to experiment & try something new.
Got game hens on a whim while I was at the grocery – they were super cheap & I remember my folks making them. Plus, they’re like mini-chickens or something & that makes them funny. At first, was going to just do normal random herbs & do these little bastards – but, no. Cannot make it easy on myself – must.make.difficult.
Actually, it really wasn’t too tough except for the buying of the herbs/spices. WTF? Luckily at Whole Foods they have a take what you need spice bin that saved me a good 20-30 bucks (although I did lick the jar once said spice was taken just cause no one was looking). Who the hell has cardamom on hand or dried chile de arbol. If it is one thing that I’m learning about adventurous cooking is that you have to expect spending some $.
Ok I lied, cutting these things in 1/2 was odd – the crunching of the carcass was a bit unnerving.
Hen staging concept via: josefiend – credit where it is due is my moto, if I had a moto…
So here is the lowdown:
3 tablespoons vinegar
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 tblspn fresh ginger
1 tblspn curry powder
1 tblspn ground cumin
1/4 tblspn ground cardamom
1/4 tblspn ground hot pepper (flakes)
1 tblspn mustard seeds (I used hot dijon mustard sauce cause forgot this one)
2 tblspn olive oil
1 cup tomato sauce
1 small onion, chopped
3 boneless skinless chicken breast halves, quartered
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
2 game hens (split in 1/2 – this is the funniest part cause you get to hear their little spines cracking while cutting thru them!)
blend the first 9 items in blender or food processor
put blended stuff in large bowl
add tomato & onion to bowl & stir that shit up
add game hen halves one at time in bowl & coat liberally (have always wanted to use that term)
put 1/2 of remainder blended stuff in crock – add hen halves – then put rest of stuff on top of hens
cook on HI for 4 hrs
End result – pretty damn delicious & nice spice combo. Don’t do enough Indian style cooking so a bit challenging to get the timing right.
Spicy Stewed Potatoes & Spinach in Buttermilk (aloo chaas, there it is – foodie talk). Was expecting more out of this for as much trouble as it was, but cook & learn. Side was good, yet was expecting it to be spicier.
Naan bread (should have thrown it in oven in foil for 10 mins but forgot – terrible host that I am)
Enjoyed extended lunch w/ great group of friends & talking football (why are the jerseys cut differently, that dude has strong looking arms & exactly what a 2 point conversion is).
Overall fun cooking experience, but expect to work a bit at this one.