Gourmet Sunday

The skies over Bayside are grey.  Yesterday was relatively a sunny day but it was chilly, so when we woke up to a gloomy sky above, we thought it was best to just stay home and chill.

Breakfast was rather plain because I was out of eggs.  Thank God I still had some eggbeaters which was sufficient to make scrambled eggs for Alan and his mom.  My mom and I had oatmeal instead.

I’ve had some cut up ox-tail in the freezer for a while, so by 10AM, just before hitting the grocery, I asked mom to tenderize it.  By 12:30, it was all cooked and ready.  No, it wasn’t for kare-kare.  I’ve had two encounters with ox-tail stew in a different variety I thought I’d try experimenting.

I sauteed a good 1/4 cup of crushed garlic in 2 tablespoons of olive oil and half a stick of butter.  When the garlic started to brown, I threw in 8 ozs of sliced mushrooms which I seasoned with just a few dashes of salt and pepper.  When the mushrooms started to wilt (around 3 minutes), I added 1/4 cup of frozen mixed vegetables.  (I  would’ve added some baby carrots but I was out.)  Before the frozen vegetables could completely thaw, I added a 26 oz can of Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup, but instead of adding an equal amount of water as indicated in the can, I added just a little over half a cup.  When the stew started to boil, I added the ox tail and 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce.  (My choice is Lea & Perrins).  Note:  This recipe will produce enough sauce for a kilo or 2 lbs of ox tail sans the skin.

Alan does not fancy eating ox tail so I sauteed a cut of boneless angus chuck enough to brown the sides, then I cut it into 2×2 slices and tossed them in with the stew.  It was yummy!!!

I just rested a bit in bed but never quite got to napping — and then I was up making some banana nutella crepes.  Even the stepson liked it..!  Shades of memories of Paris.. *SIGH* 

I’m thinking about whether or not I still have the energy to pull another off for dinner.  I have some pork baby back ribs which I just got this morning, or I can ask Alan to get pizza.  I’m inclined to do the ribs, but I have an hour and a half to decide anyway. 




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