I’ve been having the flu for almost a week, and it certainly helps when loosing weight. It took almost 2 kilo of my current weight and seems to have put a big dent in my appetite, which actually was something I needed anyways.
So currently I’ve put the amount of dinner I use almost in half and it seems to be working, I’ve got a full feeling after having dinner and I’m not trying to eat as much as I can. Now that I’m feeling better again I can also start to exercise again, to help the weight loss effort. Sometimes a little sickness is the help one needs ;).
Today I walked with Cindy my wife as the weather was really gorgeous as there was no wind and the sky was blue with hardly any clouds. It should be somewhat alarming of course because if this weather keeps up, it’s just to warm. I’ve seen birds already preparing their nests, which they normally tend to do at the end of this month.
On the plus side of course it made it possible for us to go for a 12K walk, which apart from that it is healthy also means that we’ve got time to talk which is an added plus. After getting back, I made some fresh pasta which not only tastes very good, but also the process of making you’re own pasta for me is a joy, you get dirty hands and with just two basic ingredients you make a very tasteful pasta with a much better bite than the usual dried pasta. (And apart from that it just costs me 5 more minutes overall than using pasta out of a package).
Today was again a nice day good for coocking and I called my Dad for the recipe of a regional recipe which is sour meat which is especially tasty together with fries. It involes a lot of ingredients for which I don’t actually know the name, but I’ll give it a try:
- Beef in chunks
- Dutch Appelstroop (which is some kind of condensed apple sirup)
- Juniper berries
- Laurel Leaves
- Ginger Bread
Put water and vinegar together untill you get some kind of sour water, but not to sour and put the meat in there together with the cloves, juniper berries and the laurel leaves and put it in the fridge for at least 12 hours.
Start the cooking with the cutting the onions and heat some butter in the pan and fry the onions until they are really brownish and have become relatively sweet. Get the beef out of the marinade and put some extra butter and cook the meat till it is nice and brown. And add the water to it and just let it cook for at least two hours and then add the apple stuff until it’s somewhat sour and sweet and again stir and let it cook for some time.
One hour before you serve it, at some ginger bread to bind the sauce and stir good. Serve it with some fries and enjoy it.
The last weeks when we were at home has been really relaxing. Last saterday we decided to clean up the cellar and start using it for storing our food, as the cupboards in the kitchen where getting rather full. (this because my wife never throws away food!!). As I already knew, the cellar was full of spiders so we first had to remove them (actually I had to remove them). And then my wife cleaned it up and started moving stuff into the cellar and lo behold, we know have cupboards which are rather empty and we can find stuff again.
On Sunday I made fresh spaghetti and bolognaise sauce and it tasted very good. Lately I’ve been using the sundays for slow cooking, taking recepis which take at least more than three hours and have the house filled with the smells of what I’m cooking. And as i prepared the bolognaise sauce at 13:00 hours and we started dinner at 19:00, the sauce was as expected very nice. Possibly this was also contributed by the home made spaghetti which just always beats the dried one you can feth at the grocery store.
So tell me what are you’re favorite slow cooking recepis?