I'm back and none the worse for wear! Had a GREAT birthday. Jimmy bought me a wonderful bottle of wine, Casillero del Diablo carmenere '09. Sweet enough for me and full bodied enough for him. He grilled a rib steak to perfection and I made bruschetta with ingredients from our garden. Some virgin somewhere must have been sacrificed because we had four perfectly ripe tomatoes! Mother earth also offered up two red shallots, delicate sweet basil and creamy baby white potatoes for the occasion. Our after dinner conversation was interesting and inspired. I think I have mentioned before that Jimmy is very concerned with the coming Zombie Apocalypse. He sat back after dinner and stated that we would continue to dine well after the apocalypse since we have learned to cook using only garden ingredients. He suggested that I begin adding Zombie apocalypse recipes to this blog. I don't see any conflict as most of the recipes we have been using are grocery store free. We did come to the conclusion that many of the foods we will consume post apocalypse will require a dutch oven, So if you share Jimmy's concern, one should be acquired before the ZA as they will be at a premium after it starts ( up to a year's supply of flour or a months supply of ammunition in trade). He also recommends a cast iron skillet with a cast iron lid for biscuit making (and it can be used as a weapon in case of Zombie attack during meal prep) We opted for the easiest dutch oven meal to start with.
So without further ado here is the
Zombie Apocalypse day 4
Herb braised roast
To be cooked over whatever heat source you have available
You will need for this:
Your favorite herbs
one roast (should be thawed by now as the electricity has been off for two days)
cooking oil (use sparingly as we are now into rationing)
tubers (potatoes,carrots, turnips)
a green vegetable (preferably a brassica for iron and vitamin content)
Maybe an onion or garlic for further flavoring
Put oil, herbs, onion and garlic in dutch oven over high heat
Add roast and lightly sear on all sides
Add cleaned and prepared tubers on and around roast, reduce heat to 325 degrees to 350 degrees
Place lid on securely
Go out and fight Zombies for about 2 1/2 hours
When you return add, clean, prepared green vegetables to dutch oven
Allow to to cook for a further 20 minutes or so while you secure the perimeter and get cleaned up.
Enjoy a satisfying meal and then get a good nights sleep cuz you will need it tomorrow.
best thing about this recipe is that leads straight into the meal for day 5
Cut roast into small pieces, add more tubers and green vegetables, cover it all with water, place lid on tightly , put over very low heat and go out and kill Zombies .... When you get home, you will have a fine, hearty stew to dine on!
Adopting an artisan lifestyle now will increase your chances of surviving the Zombie Apocalypses.
So says Jimmy!
So let it written! So let it be done!