But I told you I hated it the last time you made it!

Corned Beef with the rest.

So the title of this post is what my daughter said to me last night when I placed the platter on the table in front of her.

She was starving and the look of horror on her face turned my smile upside down!

You see I was convinced that she loved this the last time I made it and I had a picture in my my head of the two of us eating corned beef and mustard rolls for lunch the next day – apparently not!

I had made this especially for her! – ok – maybe I made it for me so I could enjoy a corned beef, mustard & horseradish roll for lunch on Monday.

She had a huge bacon sanga, HP sauce with potatoes and carrots on the side!

I didn’t just stud an onion with cloves but added whole garam masala spices to the stock which gave it the most amazing flavor as well as making our tongues slightly numb from the star anise – awesome Winter days ahead!

Ok, now I need to ask a favour. I need awesome ideas for slow cooked weekend Winter food from you out there in blogland.

Send me your ideas for good old fashioned hearty food…please….

Signing off – have taken the day off work to catch up on things I can never get done during the week – can’t wait for corned beef roll for lunch.


  • 1½ kg Corned beef Silverside
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • 10 whole black peppercorns
  • garam masala – whole spices
  • little fat carrots
  • small cute potatoes (cut in half)
  • Big fat round onion studded with cloves
  • sauerkraut
  • horseradish


Place corned beef and flavouring ingredients in a large saucepan. Cover with cold water.

Bring slowly to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer gently over low heat for 2 1/2 hours or until beef is tender.

Add potatoes and carrots and continue to cook for another 30 mins or so.

Remove beef from pan and carve against the grain and serve with veg, sauerkraut, mustard and horseradish – die happy!



my plate with white sauce

my plate with white sauce


Oink Balls are the bomb!

Pork  Meatballs

I love pork!

I re typed this first sentence so many times…first it was “I like a good pork”..then…”I could be porked every night and never get tired of it”…finally I came up with “my butcher gives good pork”…but it all sounded a bit crass so I will stick with “I love pork!”

I want to know one thing from bloggers out there…how many of you buy meat from a local butcher or market or wholesaler and how many of you buy meat from the supermarket? I don’t think I’m a food snob (actually, maybe I am) but I just don’t see how anyone can justify buying meat from the supermarket in those awful cling wrapped containers.

I guess I love shopping for food and don’t mind spending my Saturday driving from place to place in order to purchase my favourite food items from my favourite places. If I have to drive half an hour just to buy my favourite cheese, I will. I’m busy just like everyone else  but Saturday is my food day, unless I’m on school holidays, then everyday is a food day with one trip out to a winery with friends guaranteed.

Get to know your butcher people! Don’t give more money to those fuckers at the stupidmarket! Coles and Woolworths bloody brands everywhere forcing people to buy their shitty products…so tired of it!!!

If someone can tell me where I can buy toilet paper and cleaning products without having to go into a supermarket, please tell me, and don’t say bloody COSTCO because I’m not giving them my money either!

OK! On a lighter note…

I love my butcher and he minced up some wonderful pork, veal, chicken and beef for me this morning and this made me soooooo happy! Did I mention that I love my butcher?

I used the pork mince to make these tasty meatballs tonight and they were so…well…tasty! With herbes from the garden and a little bit of mashed potato and mustard in the pork balls and cooked in a fresh tomato, onion and garlic sauce, I was feeling pretty self righteous!

A great meal with not one cent of my hard earned money going to these horrible stupidmarkets!

Eat well and fight on!


Nothing Special!

Steak with fried Gnocchi

A lot of people post about great food they have had at a great place or about something new they have tried at home and don’t get me wrong, I do that too.

But tonight I’m too stuffed to be fancy. Last nights’ Parent/Teacher Interviews did me in. Having a 70th birthday party to go to straight after this talk fest with parents that finished at 7pm didn’t help. Today I dragged my arse into work looking haggard and after having spoken to 70 parents was not in a talkative mood…difficult when you are a teacher… apparently communication is a key part of my job!

I wanted to be curled up on my couch in my pjs watching the hail come down but I was teaching my Year 7 English class…well, not really teaching as every single kid had their faces plastered to the window watching the hail storm…not much teaching going on. I had no interest in the storm and so just sat in my not too comfy chair and thought about my dinner…steak, fried gnocchi and creamy mustard stuff poured over the top!

I love gnocchi done this way and I like my steak rare and usually like it cooked on a grill but tonight I wanted it just like my mother used to make – fried in a pan on high heat in loads of wonderful butter. My work here is done!

Later tonight I’m going to brew me some strong coffee and finish off that cake I brought home for myself from the birthday party last night – a sponge cake soused in frangelico, filled with nutella and topped with icing sugar – life is much better now!