Me: You have to help me out, I need to take a few pictures of kids, snow and cooking.
Brother: Sure I just need to ask her mum if it is alright that you take pictures of her.
So off we went playing in the snow by the beach, while the base for the evenings dinner was simmering on the stove.
Slow cooking meats for stews is easy, just let everything simmer for a long time while you do other things, the result is flavourful and tender. This time I have used short ribs and a few vegetables to make a hearty meal to look forward to after a long day out in the cold.
This can also be the base for many other dishes, like pie or maybe pulled beef.
1,5 kg/3 lb short ribs
Butter for browning
1 medium onion cut in four
2 carrots cut in four
1 parley root cut in four
3-4 Bay leafs
1 tsp whole Peppercorns
1-2 tps salt
1-2 twig of rosemary
Brown ribs in butter in a pan.
Combine browned short ribs and the rest of the ingredients in a large pot. The water should barely cover all the ingredients.
Cook until it barely boils, turn down the heat to low, cover and leave for at least 5 hours.
Go do something else, clean the house or play.
When the meat is done and tender, take the pieces out and put them on a plate and cover.
Strain the liquid and save for later.
Pick out the vegetables, be carefull because they are very tender, rinse them off and put aside.
For the dish depicted on top I used the ingredients above plus:
2 cups carrot cubes
1 cup Celeriac cubes
1 cup Swede cubes
In a pot combine the root vegetables and cover with the broth you just made.
Bring to a boil and let it simmer untill the vegetables are tender.
I used the overcooked vegetables from the stock to thicken the broth, mash the vegetables before you add them to the pot with the root vegetables.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Add the short ribs in the pot to heat them up again
Clean and cut the green beans and saute them in a pan with butter and a twig of rosemary.
Eat this with some nice bread.
We had a little picnic by the beach close to the cabin and enjoyed some hot chai spiced cocoa and grilled some twist bread with herbs and cheese.
I took the pictures for my first ever feature in a magasine, a norwegian lifestyle magasine called Feelgood.