Feeding your family like our own

Archive for May, 2012

Happy Mothers Day

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I am a Mom, no big proclamation I know, there are millions of us out there. But with Mother’s day upon us, I know that all the dads and kids out there are going to be trying to figure out some special tribute to “Mom”.

Take a hint from “Moms” and do what we do when we want to make you feel special, or celebrate you or comfort you…. We feed you

Now there is an easy way to feed Mom and make her feel special. It requires little imagination (I’m giving you the hints so it’s doesn’t count for thinking of this all by yourself) it does require dough… not the kind you make in the kitchen but rather the kind that you put 40 hours in to get. Yes, more simply said you can take Mom out for dinner. There are some amazing places locally that serve up our sumptuous meat products. From Cowbell www.cowbellrestaurant.ca in Toronto who offers outstanding casual dining and a weekend brunch that has me drooling as I type to Marben www.marbenrestaurant.com who serves up among other things, Dennis’ Roast Beef (yep that’s our own Dennis) a euphoric, melt in your mouth “Mom never cooked like this” dish. There’s Pie www.eatmypie.ca in Barrie that the kids will love as well as Mom or you can visit our website for more of our friends who love to cook with Dingo meats.

If the kids are too little or you’re celebrating more then one Mom at the table this year and organizing an outing to eat is too much then think about ordering in. Cravings www.cravingsfinefood.ca or Oscars www.oscarsrestaurant.ca  both in Barrie offer catering for small and large groups as well as quick and simple “take home“. Any of the above will impress Mom and show how special you know she is.

BUT, if you have the time and energy and you plan a little you can surprise Mom by bringing her home after a fun day out to a wonderful dinner lovingly prepared by her family.  What? How? You may ask. Well first grab yourself a roast… we’re at the Evergreen Brickworks www.ebw.evergreen.ca this weekend so we can help.  There are a ton of options and price points and sizes so you can find one to fit your family. 

The benefit of a roast is, besides prep they really need little attention so you can work on side dishes when the roast is cooking and if your organized you can even make part of it ahead of time. I’ll be making my famous potato salad (famous in my circle anyways) but you can serve a beautiful roasted or mashed potato. I’m also grilling my favourite! Fresh asparagus (just coming into season) but choose your family favourites really because EVERYTHING goes well with a roast.

 Now below is my recipe, but you can cook a roast in as many different ways as there are roasts, from the BBQ to the oven to the slow cooker. So if mine doesn’t suit you please ask us or your butcher the best method of cooking.

Invest a little time, a little money and a lot of love and mom will have no doubts about how important she is to you… and well Dad, Fathers Day is not far off J

For cooking on the BBQ with or without a rotisserie visit http://www.beefinfo.org/?ID=17&ArticleID=72&SecID=6 I follow 4C the 3 burner method. Super easy and melt in your mouth

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Ingredients

Beef roast to suit your family

Rub

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon salt

 Mix all ingredients together and spoon over beef and rub in. You do not need to use the entire rub, simply store unused portion in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

 

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Feeding the Sicko’s

I sat down last week with intentions of writing a smartly worded Blog that would inspire you to join us in choosing healthy meat options for your family meals, But after a week with a house full of sickos the Blog I started remains unfinished. And as I struggle with exhaustion from kiddo’s up during the night and the demands of still busy days I know deep down inside my body is struggling to fight off some sinister bug as well.  And so today out of exhaustion and frustration I am sitting down to write about how I feed my not-so-healthy family healthy food.

Eating healthy at any point involves planning and preparing however in the long run I really believe the costs are not that much different  than feeding your family “Big Box” style and the taste, well there is nothing like home-made with good ingredients. The real investment is your time, that being said spending time with your family cooking and eating should be deemed a valuable investment.

So getting back to my week of cleaning up…stuff, and wiping down feverish kids… there is really nothing that can be done to avoid the plagues that run rampant in our schools and work environments other than giving your body the resources it needs to battle these viral beasts, and while I do try my best the busy world sometimes forces me to choose options that if I was prepared I might not have chosen.  However when my babies are sick I go “old school” (sadly anything that doesn’t require the convenience of a microwave and come served in a plastic dish is considered “old school” these days) as I said I go “old school” .  My kids are big soup eaters and that never rings more true than when they are sick. The requests start almost immediately for their favourites.

Homemade soup is easy though if not a little time intensive but with a slow cooker anything is possible.  The recipes I have always used were inspired by a cookbook “Nourishing Traditions” by Sally Fallon and I love this one because it doesn’t use tomato paste. If you use your slow cooker it is still time intensive but it doesn’t require a lot of your time and having made this for years I am less fussy about the straining end of it but do take the time to skim, it makes all the difference to the taste. When I have the time I do prefer the stovetop method only because I can make more stock in one batch. The secret is making it whenever you have left over bones and then just freezing it so you have it on hand. But you can grab bones very inexpensively from your local butcher or give us a call.

Simple Beef broth

• 4 pounds of beef marrow, knuckle bones, bits of leftover beef

• 3 pounds meaty rib or neck bones

• 4 or more quarts cold water

• 1/4 cup vinegar

• 3 onions, chopped

• 3 carrots coarsely chopped (I omit this if I don’t have any on hand)

• 3 celery sticks, chopped (I omit this if I don’t have any on hand)

Preparation:

1. Place all of your bones that have meaty bits on them on a large cookie sheet (with sides) or roasting pan and brown in the oven at 350 degrees until well-browned (30-60 minutes usually).

2. Meanwhile, throw all of your non-meaty marrow bones into a slow cooker or stockpot; add the water, vinegar and vegetables. Let sit while the other bones are browning.

3. Add the browned bones to the pot, deglaze your roasting pan with hot water and get up all of the brown bits; pour this liquid into the pot. Add additional water if needed to cover the bones.

4. Bring to a boil and remove the scum/foam that rises to the top. No need to remove the floating fat. Reduce heat and simmer for at least 12 hours and as long as 72 hours. The longer you cook the stock, the more rich and flavorful it will be.

5. After you simmer for 12-72 hours, I strain off the broth and pour it into ice cube trays or larger sealable containers to freeze. Once frozen I pop the cubes into freezer bags and they are ready for when I need them in the future.

Once you have broth, be it beef, chicken or vegetable you can make any soup out there. A favourite in my house anytime is http://allrecipes.com/recipe/chinese-spicy-hot-and-sour-soup I have never ever followed the recipe exactly. ”tiger lily buds” really?  For my version visit us at http://www.facebook.com/dingofarms and look in notes. When the sicko’s want this one I eliminate everything but the seasoning ingredients so its still a broth but the spicy pop helps clear stuffy heads.

So here is the teaser…you were expecting some fab pictures of yummy beef broth being prepared and delicious Hot and Spicy soup being lovingly made for my sicko’s but nope. I am still clinging to my health and my go to food to fight off bugs is good old steak, yep you read that right. Beef is a major contributor of healthy protein, zinc, vitamin B12, vitamin B6, iron and niacin and when served with a side of healthy greens (mines a spinach salad) beef can help your body fight most of the viral villains out there. Or chose a yummy beef based soup to help get your feet back under you and your body on the road to recovery.