Cook The Books

So I have jumped on the “cook the books” bandwagon started by Oh Briggsy and Grow and Resist , and ordered this months book “The Mile End”

Well it took me until almost the end of the month to get myself together and test some of the recipes but here is how they turned out.

I regretfully do not have the means to smoke meat (a space and equipment issue) so I settled on the beef on weck recipe. I roasted the beef on Tuesday and I must say it was super easy! The T-man declared it the best roast beef we have made yet!  Any other roast beef I have made we either  cooked it rotisserie style or roasted it, but cooking the beef at 500 degrees and then leaving it in the oven to finish and cool resulted in a perfectly rare roast beef. Luckily we had purchased a small deli slice a couple years ago and it was easily sliced into thin deli slices!

Now on to the Weck, well i didn’t actually have caraway seeds so i guess what I actually made was Beef on kaiser rolls, but let me tell you those kaiser rolls were perfect! I did have a hard time following the instructions when it came to forming the rolls but they were delicious and that is what really matters. I will definitely be making these for future sandwiches!

Unfortunately I could not find horseradish root and settled on making the pickled red onions instead. They came out great and I will definitely be garnishing away with these babies for some time to come.

Overall I was impressed with the few recipes I did try and based on other reviews I will be making the cinnamon rolls ASAP!

The finished product Delicious!

The finished product Delicious!

Working On My Green Thumb

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Getting ready to plant

As spring is here and I am ever eager to have some fresh basil to devour with my mozzarella, I have planted my window garden. I am determined to not let my lack of yard space keep me from enjoying delicious herbs and fresh tomatoes. While my parents visited I dragged my mother and father to Home Depot to pick up some planting supplies along with several plants and seeds.

My mother and I then proceeded to complete the quick task of planting my window garden. I had done a few plants last year, and my landlord generously loaned me several of her unused window boxes to plant in. I was determined to plant even more this year. I am a huge fan of patio sized tomato plants (the one I had last year was highly successful) so i purchased another one this year along with a patio sized cherry tomato plant.

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not too shabby eh?

I also had success last year with jalapeno and banana pepper plants so those were repeated this year also. I also kept my rosemary plant over winter so that stayed. New this year was oregano, mint, cilantro, dill, and of course basil!

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Seriously this thing is outa control!

My mom doesn’t seem to have faith that my plants will get enough sun due to location or enough water due to my neglectful nature! But so far so good, my mint is going crazy and my cherry tomato plant is slowly becoming a tower!

Can’t wait to start harvesting tomatoes and basil to eat with my cheese.

Happy Planting!

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So far so good…MOM!