Mad Scientist at Work…

Japanese BeefEveryone has that friend – the one who might be just a little bit crazy? Well for me, that friend is James. And he’s commonly referred to as the Mad Scientist of the group, for his random thoughts that he puts into action. This time around, he was sent a photo from a friend of his of some delicious looking concoction, and he said, let’s make that! Well, the deliciousness you see above is what the result was! At the top, is a mix of baby bell peppers, onions and garlic with spice and a little bit of apple cider vinegar. The middle is a chuck roast, cut thin, seared and broiled after being marinated with spices, garlic, red wine and a spicy pepper oil. A simple coleslaw is at the bottom and at the bottom on the right is a shitake onion blend that was tangy and delicious. I would offer the recipe, but to be honest – I was more of a sous chef than having anything to do with the actual preparation. In the end – this didn’t really look like the dish that was the inspiration, but it was still ridiculously delicious! 

On a side note, have you ever seen those infomercials where they so very much over react that you just look at them and shake your head in disbelief? I saw one of those today, for this new bag that “bakes” potatoes in your microwave in just four minutes! Because 45 minutes in the oven is just too much. This is not the first mini infomercial that I’ve seen that drove me nuts. What are your thoughts?

 

Crockpot Pot Roast

Let me just start off by saying that this was soooo good! The meat was just falling apart after I took it out,

The pot roast as I was cutting it and it was falling apart from being so tender.

and everything was perfectly seasoned and the gravy was perfect! But, it’s definitely not as good as mom’s. There’s just something about mom’s cooking that I can’t duplicate.

We’ve had that cut of meat in the freezer for a while, so it didn’t have the same taste as it could have, but oh my goodness it was good. One thing I didn’t realize is that the meat shrinks considerably. It’s a good thing that I didn’t have more people trying to eat!

So I used red potatoes, carrots, onions, garlic, the roast, and a can of cream of mushroom soup. It’s really that simple. Oh, and of course a crockpot. I’m sure that a pot with a lid would have worked just as well. It’s a good thing that I have a helpful roommate who is willing to turn off the crockpot for me while I’m at work.

Perfect comfort food.

All put together.