We are experiencing frigid Arctic weather.... Daytime temperatures on Sunday -20C. It was a bright day with blue sky and sunshine but oh my so cold......This morning checked and it is -27..
Out comes the crockpot......
First up, a simple boneless beef short rib soup with caramelized onions, peas and potatoes , touch of garlic....
This makes enough for 4
1 1/2 lb. short ribs dredged in flour ,salt and pepper browned til golden in saute pan with 1 TBSP. oil.
Remove, put in crock pot , Caramelize 3 cups of onions thinly cut takes about 20 minutes add to beef.
Cover beef and onion with beef stock (I used Campbells 900ml. beef broth) 1 bay leaf , 1/2 cup celery leaves, 1 elephant garlic cut in thin slices,salt and pepper to taste. Start on high until bubbling then turn down to low for 4 hours. At the 4 hour mark add 3 large potatoes cut in smallish cubes , add frozen peas about 1 cup about 2 hours before you want to eat this soup..
Option one could add some barley about 1/2 cup..just did not have in cupboard and wasn't going back outside again.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1 tsp. salt
1/3 cup butter, cold, cut into chunks
1 heaping cup grated old cheddar cheese
1 spring onion cut in small pieces
2/3 cups milk
1/2 cup cheddar cheese grated.
Preheat oven to 375° F.
Add , 1 cup grated cheddar cheese stir to coat cheese with flour then add milk. Stir together til binds together in a ball..
Score into squares. No waste this way and a softer biscuit.
The pantry has bits and pieces of leftovers from Christmas baking,so threw together a kitchen sink muffin based on honey bran muffin filled with leftover macadamia nuts, fresh cranberries and dried cherries....
1 cup all purpose flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
1 cup bran
½ cup honey or molasses
1/4 cup cooking oil
½ cup milk
1/2 cup nuts(used macadamia)
1/2 cup dried fruit( combo of frozen cranberries and dried cherries)
Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes. Makes 12 muffins.
As if this wasn't enough while rooting around in the pantry there was half a box of rice krispies and 3\4 bag of mini marshmallows what else could I do except rice krispie squares.....
By the way more snow is forecast for later today....
Only 6 to 8 more weeks of winter. Groan........I know I am whining.