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PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2011 7:04 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Duck and beef this Christmas for us.

This year we've invited someone who has had a bit of a bad couple of years, her marriage fell apart due to her husbands violence and drinking, then a new relationship she had went sour when the guy started bullying her son (although we've only had one side of that story), and now she's losing her house just before Christmas.  She's managed to get a council house near where we live and she is moving in next week, but of course it wont be a 'home' for a few months yet.

Anyway, we invited her to Christmas dinner, and she said out of all her friends and family, we're the only people to have offered her any real help (I am also helping her move home etc).  One thing though, when we were talking of the dinner itself she said her seven year old is a fussy eater so she'll bring him some sausage rolls to eat on Christmas day  

I wont say anything but bugger me, it's a bit bad when you let a seven year old dictate his diet like that isn't it?  I mean as a parent you're supposed to make sure your child gets all their nutritional needs whether the child is overly happy about it or not.  All kids would happily live on a diet of chocolate, sweets and pop if you let them, but if you let them (to me) you are being a bad parent are you not?
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2011 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Even someone on downsizer.net where people aught to know better asked recently what to do about a kid who was happy to eat cake and biscuits but would not eat "proper" food, I kept out of the thread though people did give the obvious advice, but ffs isn't is obvious? I really don't get it with people sometimes

One of our best Christmas days was when we invited a friend who had some Japanese students we didn't know staying. I'd like to do that again, but it falls a little foul of me being a bit of a control freak, we don't get enough time with our kids now they are students, and its so easy to give people such a good time that they are in no hurry to bog off and let us have our own Christmas. So I only want to invite extras that won't outstay their welcome.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2012 7:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Last night was home made beef stew with home made dumplings and it was lovely.
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Tonight it's pasta with chilli minced beef. I've been at work all day so can't wait to get home and start cooking.

Tomatoes, onions, garlic for the main part of the sauce, to which I'll add fresh chillies, chilli flakes and cayenne pepper. I'll make more than is needed as I tend to eat a lot of it while making it and getting the heat balance right   Then I'll brown some British steak mince, add the sauce, cook the pasta and enjoy.
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The wife ain't well and can't eat So I'm having a play starting with:

http://www.channel4.com/4food/rec...enthal/triple-cooked-chips-recipe
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BBQ tonight. Sausages, burgers, pork chops, lamb kebabs, pork kebabs, onions, beef tomatoes, peppers and plenty of cold beer.

Oh and our 4 cats who will no doubt be hanging around outside wanting to join in eating with us
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2012 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Last night I had 2 (English) rump steaks with garlic butter and nothing else. I could have gone for sirloin, fillet or rib eye but at the moment I'm liking rump.

I got the steaks out of the fridge and let them cool to room temp, then quite heavily seasoned with freshly ground black pepper and Maldon smoked salt flakes. No oil in the pan, I heat the pan up for a few minutes until it's very hot, then the steaks go in and then do not move them about. Approx 1 1/2 mins I turned them and let them fry for another 1 1/2 mins, then transfered to a warm plate and let to rest. At this point I normally add a few glugs of real ale to the pan, deglaze and reduce to make a sauce, but I added some garlic butter instead for a change, melted in the pan and picked up the rest of the flavours and then poured over the rare steaks and enjoyed immensely.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2012 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice

I'm always torn with Rump, there are a dozen things more economical, healthier and very  tasty things you can do with it, other than the traditional steak... but sometimes a traditional steak is too tempting.
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I'm always torn with Rump, there are a dozen things more economical, healthier and very  tasty things you can do with it, other than the traditional steak

Give us some examples Admin and I'll try them out. I'm always on the look out for new recipies
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2012 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well

One would be a very posh spag bol type thing.
Two would be steak tartare
three - twelve would be Chinese. Dice thinly meaning you really need very little, and stir fry with varying ingredients e.g. at its most basic steak, mushrooms, noodles with oyster sauce to flavour.
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I'm cooking to very vague recipes that I'm practically making up as I go along, some Persian Lamb and Chicken
It will probably be quite special, but as far as I'm concerned the point is I'm cooking, this is probably only the second time since the start of August  
I have done quite a few chunks of work today and will probably end up doing a little more, but there was a small feeling last week that between 4 people running sys admin we were just about getting more work done than was coming in.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 1:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It'll soon be Christmas dinner time and what better place to talk about it than on the nets number 1 food thread  

I'm a beef lover and the wife and kids like their chicken. I've had my way the past couple of Christmas's so it looks like it's chicken this year (and then chicken sandwiches every day for work for a week...).
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We usually have two meats Christms dinner, this year it's just us, so just duck.  We have a big family dinner Boxing Day this year so we'll have two meats then, maybe another duck and lamb possibly.
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We have two Christmases this year, one with extended family, then 27th/28th will be the "real" xmas with stockings and presents as both the kids will have made it home then.

They may both be over 21 and living away from home, but are insistent that the rituals are followed  

Meal wise it's going to be Turkey with all the trimmings both times. In fact that's part of the ritual (my kids vehemently deny being autistic) but we can't possibly open presents until the Turkeys in the oven, so I think we'd be stuck if we went for Lamb  

Actually for us Turkey is a big part of things as we only ever have Turkey at xmas. So whilst I don't think it would be my favourite meat normally it is something to look forward too, and even the cooking is part of it as whilst me and my wife both cook, this is one of the few times we really both get in on the act as we do do just so many trimmings
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do like Turkey, but in our house I am the only one, so we can't do it.

The meals are one of the best things about the whole festive season for me. I love it.


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