This Sri Lankan Dutch influenced dish for home made spicy meat balls is a favourite of ours. The recipe is easy to make with the aromatics combined with the mince meat. The spices elevate the meatballs to another level. Coated with breadcrumbs, fried and then finished off in a hot oven. Makes for a delicious… Continue reading Sri Lankan Dutch Meat Balls
Slow roasting and cooking pork spare ribs can be time consuming however, the results are worth it. Succulent meat comes off the bone, coated with a smokey flavoured marinade, mouthwatering and delicious. The ribs will be devoured, fingers licked and you and your friends will not be stopping at just a few. Be prepared to… Continue reading Twice Cooked Smokey Pork Spare Ribs
Slow cooked Lamb Shanks is a dish that welcomes the cooler weather and is food for the soul. The meat becomes tender and falls off the bone easily, the sauce coats the shank or the mashed potatoes generously so that you are able to enjoy all the goodness. The potato mash is a wonderful accompaniment… Continue reading Yummy Lamb Shanks Cooked in White Wine
I promised a friend that I would post the recipe for the filled Bull Horn Peppers. In this post I would also like to include a recipe for Crusted Chicken Breast served with a refreshing Cucumber Salad. My garden is abundant with Lebanese Cucumbers. The cucumbers have been growing well and we have been lovingly… Continue reading Filled Peppers, Crusted Chicken & Cucumber Salad
I cannot help but gravitate to cooking hearty and soul warming food especially when the weekend is upon us. This gorgeous dish is from the Lombardy region of Italy and you can use veal shins or the traditional beef shins. The recipe that I am sharing, I will be using the traditional cut of beef. I have used both cuts of meat in the past and they both work very well. However, the beef has more meat around the bone as opposed to the veal.
4 beef shins (with marrow bone)
1 onion (sliced)
1 clove garlic (chopped)
60 grams butter (unsalted)
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 glass dry white wine
1 cup vegetable stock
salt & freshly ground black pepper
1 carrot (diced)
2 sticks of celery (diced)
handful of parsley (chopped)
strip of lemon peel
flour (for dusting the meat)
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 1 1/2 hours
Serves: 4 people
- Lightly flour the four pieces of meat and place aside.
- In a pan large enough heat half the butter and oil.
- Add the meat to the pan and brown on both sides.
- Remove from the pan and place aside.
- Add the onion, saute for a few minutes, then add the garlic, carrot, celery and continue to cook for a further few minutes.
- When the onion, garlic, carrot and celery has softened and browned a little return the meat to the pan and add the white wine.
- Reduce the heat and allow to simmer gently.
- When the wine has evaporated, season with salt and pepper, continue to cook gently, adding a little stock at a time to the pan.
- Ensure that the meat does not stick to the pan.
- Add the chopped parsley and lemon peel halfway through the cooking process.
- Continue to cook gently until the meat is tender. Mix the remaining butter into the sauce and remove the lid towards the end of cooking to thicken.
- Before serving remove the lemon rind.
This dish goes very well with Risotto Milanese (saffron risotto) and gremolada, a mixture of chopped lemon rind, garlic and parsley.
I stumbled upon this recipe for Cevapcici which I shared a couple of years ago and thought I would post it once again. These little morsels are easy to prepare and a delight to devour. Cevapcici are tasty, fun to eat and can be served in many different ways. They found their way into the… Continue reading Cevapcici (Balkan Skinless Sausages)
During the cold winter months a good Cottage Pie or Shepherd’s Pie is a dish of pure comfort, heartiness and simplicity. With it’s meaty base, added diced vegetables, thick tomato sauce or a thick rich gravy and a topping of mashed potato, sweet potato, makes a delicious meal. Traditionally mashed potato was lovingly used in… Continue reading Cottage Pie (Shepherd’s Pie)
For many of you that are enjoying the summer sun and the wonderful fresh produce that this season brings, especially now. One can harvest fresh tomatoes, peppers and other vegetables from the garden and preserve them for the colder months or just enjoy them at present. I am re-posting this recipe for those who may… Continue reading Stuffed Peppers Easy Recipe
A cold Saturday night with no plans, just keeping warm, a dinner for two of a lovely grilled eye fillet and a few vegetable dishes and a fabulous glass of red. After dinner a relax on the couch and a movie. After a busy week, I wouldn’t want to do anything else. Cheers to those… Continue reading Grilled Steak with Mashed Potato, Asparagus & Peppers in Mustard Sauce
Making pies, whether they be savoury or sweet, can be a lovely time spent in the kitchen during the cold months. For many of us who are in the midst of winter and may I say, not liking it. There are a number of ways to pass the cold winter months. If you take pleasure… Continue reading Rustic Beef, Onion & Mushroom Pies