When mighty Roast Beef was the Englishman’s food
It ennobled our brains and enriched our blood.
Our soldiers were brave and our courtiers were good
Oh the Roast Beef of old England and old English Roast Beef
I dont know whether Henry Fielding, who wrote the above piece of shiite - thanks Google - believed in the occult; I certainly don’t but the mystery of what has happened to my iPhone lead remains unsolved, and so I can only assume one of the many ghosts that haunt the Isle of Wight, lost his and came in last night to lift mine. Apologies once again for no piccies for now.
I have had some amazing bargains from Waitrose’s reduced counter, but this was one of the best. An absolutely fabulous piece of boned forerib, well marbled and aged, reduced from £10.70 to a measly £1.92 !
We took it over to Carolines parents this evening as they would enjoy it and roasted it on a bed of onions til it was done. We then let is rest for 10 minutes while Caroline prepared some gravy. I am more a jus sort of person but it was quite good.
We served it with boiled Jersey Royal potatoes and a wonderful green salad that Bill, as she is known, Caroline’s mother , had prepared. We also remembered the horseradish sauce! Ha…my favourite.
The beef was slightly pink where it needed to be and tasted wonderful. I carved it slightly too thick so there was a suggestion it was a little tough….hmm…my fault again! As winter has returned to the island it went down very well!
As we had bought the beef they went to the ends of the earth with the wine, and we opened a bottle of 1996 Château Barbé Premieres Cote de Blaye (which despite its fancy name is not a grand Cru!) which they had been given by their millionaire son-in-law (I am a HUGE disappointment to them and they must live in hope Caroline wakes up one day and realises her mistake…we’re not married so there is time!!) for Christmas. I have to say it was very, very good.
For pud I had a small sliver of pear tart and some Lidl ice-cream….the others had a much larger helping…they are all pigs!
Previous dinner posts from Peter
- Another culinary highlight ... but of a different kind. - May 17th, 2013
- A saturday evening in .... - April 20th, 2013
- Fish pie followed by Peter's Tiramisu ! - March 19th, 2013
- Borough Market, London - March 2nd, 2013
- “There were Angels dining at the Ritz .... and the motor was parked in Berkeley Square” - January 26th, 2013