Although I am completely consumed with planting vegetables in the garden, watching berries develop by the day, and still do the occasional juicing, I’m also working on keeping up with the meat in the freezer.
So before you get the onslaught of garden posts (haha- lest you think 1 or 2 posts/month is an onslaught!) I’m going to throw out a few of our dinners as of late. These are all real time. No props or primping or going out of my way to edit much. Just some solid dinners to inspire you cause let’s face it- my blogging calendar sucks. I could have stretched these photos into months but ummmm… that’s not happening.
When you can buy meat in bulk locally, it is a chunk of change up front but still more economical with far superior quality. Last year we were fortunate, as I’ve mentioned, to purchase from Coffelt Farm located about 15 miles from us, a 1/4 of a cow along with a 1/2 of a pig, 1 lamb and a dozen chickens. We also purchased a second lamb from our neighbors. This has kept us fluid in proteins for the past year. We will be getting ready to purchase more starting the end of May. We have also finished one 10# case of salmon steaks, one 10# case of salmon filets and one 10# halibut filets.
The freezer actually has room for a pint of ice-cream. All went well except for one freezer partial meltdown but we all got the benefits of this Scallop Chowder.
We cruised through the steaks and chops and then had some fun with ribs (do I sound primal?)
and now we are left with large roasts- like the rump roast, (which this is not- and it took me about two hours of studying the photo to confirm this- note string tying up ROLLED boneless shoulder). Rump roasts and the LAMB SHOULDER I have here, work great on a work day when left in the slow cooker as do pork shoulders and butts which we have gone through already- Read pulled pork.
At first I thought I should be saving them for dinner parties. Dinner parties I do love to have but let’s be honest, they don’t happen every weekend.
So I just started cooking them up for our little family and invited Dad up.
I love to cook a roast on a Sunday.
The tradition of gathering for a Sunday meal may not have been my experience growing up but I liked what I read in books or saw in movies. My mom did try to get us to sit down for dinner. But I think in my mind the image was more the Walton’s or the Ingall’s and aside from all being of the human race, we had very little in common with either family. Oh and they are all fictional characters. But I’m getting off topic…
Sometimes we have a good bit of leftovers for work lunches and maybe even a stretch to a second dinner. And sometimes I thought, was I thinking that this would serve 6-8? We can chow down pretty good on our own in a night after a long day in the garden. And a lamb sandwich to boot- hell yeah.
Please serve with a couple cornichons aka gherkins aka those little mini pickles
and a little hard cider like this one from Seattle Cider Co
Stay tuned for loads of green posts and cute surprises to follow!