Today Katy and Annie called in for a coffee (Katy) and a romp on the mat with the babies (Annie). Annie is now able to get up on all fours like she is about to crawl, but it doesnt last long and she flops back down to the floor. She is increasingly intrigued by the babies, wanting to hang out with them and touch them. Here she is pinning Lido down. Its hard to believe she is only a month or so older, the prematurity of the twins makes them so much tinier.
Justin loathes the term Boil Up. In fact I think he dislikes Boil Up itself, the traditional Boil Up that is. Normally a cross between a soup and a stew, with meat, watercress, veges etc, but today I cooked Corned Beef (Silverside) in Ginger Beer. Since I added the veges to the pot too it then becomes a sort of Boil Up.
The idea of the Boil Up is a one pot meal, with the veges taking on the flavour of the meat. This proved to be a really easy dinner to do. I prepared it and got it cooking while the babies were all in their high chairs at five o’clock. It was ready by 7pm, at which time we removed the meat and vegetables and added some silverbeet for flavorsome greens.
I bought a 1kg Corned Silverside piece, $10.71
Add to a pot and cover with one bottle (1.5 litre) of Ginger Beer. I have also read that this works equally well with Ginger Ale and Orange Juice, or Ginger Ale and cut oranges.
Bring to boil, then simmer for 1.5-2 hours.
Add vegetables (butternut pumpkin, potatoes, kumara) to the pot for the final hour.
Lastly remove the cooked meat and veg and reboil the stock to quickly cook the spinach/ silverbeet or cress.
We used the Edmonds recipe. But we substituted Mustard Powder for 1 TBSP of wholegrain mustard and 1 TBSP of dijon mustard. It tasted and looked a lot better in my opinion, if you have prepared mustard.
Beat 1 egg with @ TBSP sugar. Add to sauce pan, and add 1 TBSP flour, and some mustard (recipe calls for 2 tsp dry mustard, but we used 1 TBSP of wholegrain mustard and 1 TBSP of dijon mustard)… Stir in slowly 1 cup of the corned beef stock, and a quarter cup of malt vinegar. Cook low until sauce thickens. Season with salt and pepper.
Just like grandma used to make ay!
Tonight Anton won Settlers of Catan. Since Anton made the first move (ore, sheep, wheat), Justin predicted he would win. But I (Lou) took an early lead securing the Longest Road and cutting off both Justin and Anton to extra wheat. However since I had mainly road building capabilities I could not capitalize with hotels. Which Anton could. The highlight for me, was building a hotel from only timber (2 for one timber).
We also founded a New Tradition tonight. The WINNER gets to autograph the back of a card with their name, date and winning score. There was some debate as to what extra info should be recorded, but of course most of this is in the stats book – which is now my Moleskin Diary.