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Today for our dinner we had one of the ready meals that had been sent to us via Pipers Farm, the Daube of Red Ruby Beef from their Ready Meal Range. From their page:
We take joints of rolled & tied Beef shin & cook them slowly for 20 hours until they are tender. We then make a rich sauce using Brandy, reduced red wine, our own homemade Beef jus & Beef stock infused with cinnamon, juniper, orange zest, peel & bay leaves which we allow to simmer gently. Finally we combine the Shin with sauce, adding onions, crisp bacon lardons. kalamata olives, carrots & chopped parsley.
There were two portions which was just enough for us. It was convenient and very easy to use. I just simply dropped the handy single portion pouches into some boiling water and then simmered them for 20 minutes. Easy peasy, lemon squeasy. The hardest part was getting it out of the bag, but I managed to do it with the aid of some tongs and my kitchen scissors.
The portions were quite ample in size, in fact I couldn't finish mine. (Mitzie didn't mind because that meant she got to taste it too.) The beef was tender and flavourful, as was the sauce. I loved the saltiness of the kalamata olives, which went very well with the beef and offset the sweetness of the prunes. If I had anything negative to say about it at all, it would be that I found the meat to be a little bit fatty, but then shin can be somewhat fatty, and I would have preferred the lardons to be crisped before baking. Todd didn't mind any of that . . . it's just me being a bit finicky. Other than those two things we both really really enjoyed. I served it with some steamed long grain and wild rice. It retails at £4.50 per serving which is really quite reasonable, and as with all of their products, it comes with a money back guarantee if you are not satisfied.
In The Cottage today, Chicken with Rice Soup. Perfect for when you are feeling a bit under the weather. (Note to all you people celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday. You can also make this soup using your turkey carcass.)