Peppery Beef Roast

Pot roasts are typically using the tougher cuts of beef – a chuck roast or shoulder roast – which have the most flavour.

There is just something about having a  hearty roast to serve for dinner. Who can resist that?



about 1 kg quality beef

olive oil

15 ml crushed, fresh garlic

15 ml fresh cracked pepper



I’ve used a joint of silverside  here . The meat has to be rested after cooking for at least 15 min to a  half an hour. The timings below are just a guide, as they can differ depending on the type of oven you have or the size of the joint.

To prepare your beef:

Use a thick-bottomed covered pot (oven-proof if you intend to cook in oven), just large enough to hold roast and vegetables. Heat 2 Tbsp of oil on medium high heat (hot enough to sear the meat). Pat the roast dry with paper towels. Sprinkle and rub salt, pepper, and garlic all over the meat. Brown roast in pot, all over, several minutes on each side. Don’t move the roast while a side is browning, or it won’t brown well.

Add the potatoes, onions and carrots to the meat. Add 1/2 cup of red wine or beef stock, cover and bring to simmer.  Then put in the oven,  for about  75 minutes.

Remove the vegetables and place back into the oven, uncovered. Brown the roast for about another 15 min. Take the roast out and let it rest.


Use the juices in the pot to make a gravy.


I served it with green beans and cauliflower.

Classic Car Show

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
vintage car is, in the most general sense, an old automobile, and in the narrower senses of car enthusiasts and collectors, it is a car from the period of 1919 to 1930. Such enthusiasts have categorization schemes for ages of cars that enforce distinctions between antique cars, vintage cars, classic cars, and so on. The classification criteria vary, but consensus within any country is often maintained by major car clubs.
Today we had the privilege to attend a classic car show for the first time. What more could we ask for : a beautiful backdrop and almost 800 cars to see.
 I just  love old cars!   So much time, money and effort goes into making them look amazing.

Strawberry Curd

Fruit curd
Fruit curd is a dessert spread and topping usually made with lemon, lime, orange or raspberry. Specific types of fruit curd are named after the central curd in them. Wikipedia
I found a lot of recipes for fruit curds and decided to try it too.


 (I adapted  this recipe from

500g strawberries, washed, hulled & halved

150g white granulated sugar

60g salted butter, roughly chopped

2 large eggs, beaten

Zest and 2 teaspoons lemon juice

In a food processor, puree the strawberries and  zest and juice until very smooth.


Beat the eggs and add them to the mixture. Add the sugar and the butter en stir well. Cook in the microwave for one minute intervals, stirring after each minute until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon. Remove from the microwave, and pour into small sterile jars.
Store in sterilized jars in the refrigerator for  two to four weeks weeks.