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Cooking Attempt: Pot Roast / Stew?
I made a meager attempt at Pot Roast in the crock pot last night. I think I got it mixed up with Beef Stew so it may be some mix of the two, using roast beef and seasonings yet liquidy like beef stew? I'm not sure; none of the recipes were very clear on everything. I added potatoes and carrots to the pot and filled it up with water (neither were covered by the recipe I found; all they recommended for liquids was 3/4 cup wine). That's in addition to the 3.4 lbs of beef roast rump, 1 onion (White? Yellow? Red? I went with yellow), 2 garlic cloves, and a few teaspoons of thyme, rosemary, pepper, and salt. The only thing I have left is to make some gravy out of the liquid.

It seems to have turned out okay. The flavor is very subtle and possibly weak, but it is there. The roast is falling apart now, mmm. The potatoes and carrots are holding their form but very soft.

I made this for my co-worker and his wife. They had their baby yesterday (last night) so I figured they would appreciate a meal that was already prepared and ready to be eaten (plus spices? Heh). Once I hear back from them I'll be dropping it off at their place.

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sisyphus238 From: sisyphus238 Date: October 10th, 2009 05:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't sell yourself short. Sounds like you did everything right — most especially the thoughtfulness.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: October 10th, 2009 05:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I'm trying.

Because the baby wasn't born until late last night they won't be getting out of the hospital until tomorrow morning. I've put the crock pot in the fridge for now but some time today I'll need to get proper containers to store it.
sisyphus238 From: sisyphus238 Date: October 10th, 2009 06:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
The good thing about Pot Roast or stew is that it gets better over time.
ellixis From: ellixis Date: October 10th, 2009 06:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
They'll appreciate it, I can assure you of that. Very thoughtful of you indeed.
From: better_angel Date: October 11th, 2009 12:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Why don't I have co-workers like you??? :-)

zimzat From: zimzat Date: October 14th, 2009 03:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Your partner is pregnant??? I'll be right over with a meal! ;-)

I try. To be honest I don't know what to do if I don't have egoistic motives. It could be as simple and straight forward as fulfilling my beliefs of fulfilling basic human requirements (food, water, shelter), or something much deeper relating to my hopes or wishes. Even if I know I can't get my ultimate goal I'll still go through with the idea.

Or that's just what I tell myself so I don't feel vulnerable for doing something nice? heh
legolastn From: legolastn Date: October 11th, 2009 12:41 am (UTC) (Link)
I think the main difference between a Pot Roast and a stew is how the ingredients are cooked and served, rather than the amount of liquid. You usually cook Pot Roast whole and with relatively large chunks of veggies, and when you are ready to serve you just break up the meat (or take it out and carve it up) and then dip out the meat/potatoes/carrots/onions and perhaps pour some of the juice/gravy over it. Sounds like everything came out about right.
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