Thursday, 31 December 2009

My 2010 food resolutions

Your average New Year's resolutions are way too general and lame. You know the kind of I want to lose weight, I want to earn more money, I want more time for myself, bla bla bla.... Resolutions regarding all things food, however, are much more detailled...and achievable. At least in my humble mind. So here they are, my food resolutions for 2010:
  1. Stick with this blog - I've started it. I've told people about it. Now I bloody hell make sure I stick it out.... AND post regularly and informatively.

  2. Sort out my spices - the state of my spice rack... well... let's put it that way, I'm pretty sure more than half is way past the use-by-date. So out with the old and in with some new ones. And I'll have to think of better storage solutions as well.

Monday, 28 December 2009

Leftover roast beef sandwiches

So my family barely managed to finish half of the 3.4 kg roast beef on Christmas day...which may have something to do with the fact that many stuffed themselves with assorted starter bites. But what to do with the huge amount of leftover meat? That's right....Roast beef sandwiches. What else?

My special version also includes leftover cranberry sauce and gravy:

The Christmas roast

Now that you know the background of my quest for a Christmas roast rib of beef, here's the final product and the recipe to go with it:

Saturday, 26 December 2009

Roast rib of beef - Was ist das?

I want a proper roast rib of beef for Christmas. Easy, right? Just order the cut at your favorite butcher, right? WRONG. For the past three years the Viennese butcher landscape has denied me my wish. Why? Apparently that specific cut of meat, the fore rib or Hochrippe (in  German), is not very popular in Austria (should someone know the reason behind, please share, I only got shrugs when I asked).
What seems to have complicated my quest is that I insisted on the cut being french trimmed - i.e. beautified by exposing the ribs and removing any fat, skin or meat from them.