Friday, June 11, 2010

Cafe World Challenge Week 14

I'm writing this with the World Cup opening game about to start. My team, Bafana Bafana (South Africa) are taking on Mexico. So I will try to keep this quick, if you don't mind.

This week I only made the one Cafe World dish, Homestyle Pot Roast.

Homestyle Pot Roast

I'll skip all the chatter and just give the recipe.

Pot Roast - I used 2.2 kg Blade Roast, but suitable cuts are usually labelled or ask your butcher.
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp paprika
2 tsp fines herbes (or your favourite dried blend)
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 Tbsp olive oil
beef broth or chicken broth
1tsp beef bouillon granules/powder
2 yellow onions, cut into wedges
4 garlic cloves, minced
3 large carrots cut into 1 inch pieces
3 large red potatoes cut into 1 inch pieces
1/2 cup red wine
2 tbsp cornstarch

Preheat oven to 350 F (180C)
Combine dried spices & herbs and rub onto roast.
Heat oil in a large oven-proof pan over medium high heat. Brown roast on all sides, remove and set aside.
Stir in 3/4 cup broth and deglaze by scraping up any of the meat bits stuck to the pan. Mix in bouillon. Return roast to pan and arrange onion and garlic on top.
Cover and bake in preheated oven for 2 hours.
Remove from oven. Lift out roast and place onion underneath, add potatoes and carrot. Then add enough broth and/or water to nearly cover the vegetables. Place roast on top (make sure the meat isn't in the liquid)
Cook covered for 1 hour more. Remove roast and let stand for 10 minutes.
Remove vegetables and keep warm while preparing the gravy.
Gravy: Place roasting pan with juices over medium high heat. Add wine, scarping up browned bits of meat. Bring to a boil. Mix cornstarch with 2 Tbsp water to form a paste. Gradually add the paste stirring constantly , until thickened to desired consistency.
Serve meat with vegetables on a platter with gravy on the side.

My husband likes horseradish on his meat. So I cut up some fresh horseradish and placed in my blender with a little water. When it was fine enough I added a little white wine vinegar and he liked it. Just be careful!! The fumes that comes off fresh chopped horseradish is painful to the eyes.

I took a break from writing to go sing my National Anthem and can now go watch the game.

Cafe World Cookbook addition

One more addition this week. Not my favourite....Corndogs, maybe there's a more healthy version I could make?? For the non-North Americans, it is a hotdog sausage coated in a corn batter and fried, it has a popsicle stick through it for easier eating.

Next Up: Once idea!! I must get sit down and do some planning this weekend.

Progress: 29/67

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