Well Beach Cottage ladies, thanks so much for the Cavoodle love…Barley is doing very well and has his first trip to the vets today…plus the house training is going better than we thought, oh & he slept much better last night, more soon on what we did!
I tell you what though, thank the heavens above for my crock pot / slow cooker, man I lurve that thing…I know I have bored you before on here how it changed my life when we had our third little bambino, it seems it’s true with a puppy too.
Yesterday, by late morning I was feeling pretty sleep-deprived and I had the puppy to look after, plus sport for one of my kiddos has kicked up a gear for National competing which in reality for me means more driving, the boys were out in the water too and so I knew if there wasn’t to be that horrid time in the evening when everyone is about eating the table or anything that doesn’t move, I had better get the dinner done and so very dusted, otherwise I knew there could be the very distinct possibility of broomstick riding…an no-one needs that in their life, I can tell you!
Enter the humble beef roast, (it was meant to be Crock Pot Lasagne, according to the Beach Cottage Meal Plan but this is even easier than that) who, my friends, is a regular around here and comes out to play for a mid-week meal, a weekend when I can’t be bothered to do a roast and has on occasion fed the odd friend or two with a little bit of foofing…plus was a very regular partner here in Beach Cottage Land when Mr Beach Cottage had just started the business, because, quite frankly, it’s good value and stretches.
This is Surfer Boy Roast / Stew then ;-) just ticks all the boxes …it’s Dump & Go, it’s tasty, it uses ingredients that are super accessible and super affordable and when being eaten by hungry little surfer dudes, it makes you look like you’ve put lots of effort in, when in actual fact, you did some unwrapping & sprinkling and went back to cuddling a puppy ;-)
I have been asked repeatedly lately, from friends and blog readers about the crock pot and so I have decided to start blogging my one-pot crock pot / slow cooker meals…and have, for want of a better term, aptly named these recipes Surfer Boy Recipes…. those meals that you can throw in your crock pot or slow cooker or start at the beginning of the day or on the stove when you get in and have dinner sorted and ready if, like me, you have a busy lifestyle for whatever reason…working full-time, with littlies and no sleep, or like me with kiddos that are busy and often ravenous boys when they get in at various different times of the evening…
In this old cottage, there are five very healthy appetites here, indeed two of my kiddos, one just because of pure size (tall & growing by the day) and the other because of sporting commitments, eat a larger dinner than I do and so over the years I have experimented a lot with feeding these masses, and for me, nothing really beats the one-pot meal, prepared and often thrown in in the middle of day…to be ready and waiting when one walks in the door several hours later.
I have tried, read and sought out many a recipe for use in this slow-cooked way, not always in my slow cooker / crockpot but nearly always all in one pan.
This one actually started off as a recipe for Mexican beef (will blog that soon) but has over the years amalgamated more into this.
actually this amalgamates into that…you cook two of the beef on the first day and on the second day you turn it all Mexican with spices and sauces and chili
So I first made this from that forum I used to belong to, it was actually on the group that talked about bulk cooking for the freezer, which I still do often now….this recipe was a way of slow cooking beef and then using it for Mexican recipes
It called for a ‘beef roast’ and in those days in England (this forum was from the States) I wasn’t actually sure what that was….a beef roast to me meant an English Roast Beef dinner, with Yorkshire Puddings, with a very nice cut of beef, thank you very much…I lerant though that a beef roast is a cheaper, fatty cut of meat that’s purrfect for slow cooking…
…and as I started to use it and love the results I tried different ways of using it…yes it’s the cheapest cut of beef but the results are, if treated correctly, outstanding.
I wanted more though than the pot roast crockpot recipes that I came across, some where you slung a ready-made bbq sauce or can of soup over your meat and so one Sunday, we had sport on the beach planned nearly all day, with the older one out in the surf, I knew it was to be a long day and our regular Sunday roast would be thrown out the window because after being out in the coastal air and sun all day I would be too tired
In the morning, in that little beauty that sits on my bench top working hard for her keep all day while I sit around reading blogs ;-) I threw in my beef roast, over it I poured some wine, ran out to the garden, picked a huge bunch of herbs, added a good dose of dried ones for good measure, slung in garlic by the dozen and hoping for the best, added some home made stock for good measure.
And we came home to the most wonderful smell, indeed we could smell it on the driveway wafting down the street, and really, this Surfer Boy beef has been with us ever since
Beach Cottage Surfer Boy Recipes
Easy Beef Roast
1 x beef roast
1 x large handful fresh mixed herbs chopped
1 x tsp dried herbs
1 cups red wine
2 onions, finely chopped
2 cups carrots
2 cups mushrooms
3 cloves garlic
salt & pepper
1/2 cup beef stock
1. place onions in bottom of pan or crock pot/slow cooker
2. add beef roast
3. pour over wine, stock, herbs, garlic & season well with salt & pepper
4. add carrots & mushrooms
5. cook all day on low or high 4 hours
6. about 15 mins before you want to eat slice the beef & pop it back into the pot
7. if you want a thicker gravy add teaspoon of flour to cold water & add to the pot
*serve with watercress & French bread for no-fuss meal
Beach Cottage Recipe Notes : *you can add thinly sliced potatoes * if you don’t have fresh herbs dried is fine
*this is better the longer you can cook it – if in slow cooker /crock pot, low all day, if on stove top or oven 4 hours *any root vegetable works well here
* a can of mushrooms doesn’t hurt if you don’t have fresh
*I use whatever herbs are plentiful in the garden…that usually means Parsley, oregano, marjoram & rosemary
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You may not have a surfer boy in your house, you may not have any boys in your house at all but make this.
You’ll thank me
See you later Beach Cottage girls & boys…
I have a puppy to see to ;-)
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