Unconventional menu planning

@Fleura (7197)
United Kingdom
October 5, 2017 6:54am CST
I hate shopping, so usually I like to plan meals for at least the next few days so I know I won’t need to do it again too soon. It’s difficult at the moment though as my partner is away a lot but at short notice, so not knowing who and how many I’ll be cooking for makes a difference. I like a good variety but if it’s just me and the girls there’s no point making something too exotic only for them to go ‘Yuk!’ The last few days we managed with groceries from the village shop and stores from the freezer, so I could avoid a big shopping trip. Yesterday though I had to bite the bullet and go to the supermarket as we needed a couple of things I just couldn’t get elsewhere. I also needed something from the pharmacy, and there is a separate pharmacy counter within the store. I hate doing nothing so I had a book in my bag, and when I had to wait at the pharmacy counter I snatched the chance to read a page or two. My current book is about travelling Britain’s restored canals on a narrowboat, but it also incorporates a few of the author’s favourite recipes, and as it happened I turned the page and there was his recipe for a traditional-style boatman’s stew. I glanced over it and noticed he was most insistent it must be made with shin of beef, no other cut would produce the required depth of flavour. I don’t remember ever seeing shin of beef at the supermarket before, normally stewing steak is what’s on offer, but strangely, as I went on with my shopping, I rounded the corner into the meat aisle and found that the staff had just marked down several items and guess what – on the first shelf I looked at there was a stack of packs of diced shin of beef! Well that was my meal plan decided for the next couple of days, we all like a tasty meaty stew so it should go down well and we can either eat it a couple of days running or freeze some for a quick meal another day – or even both, depending on how many of us are here to eat it. Not my usual method of menu-planning but it seemed it was meant to be! All rights reserved. © Text and image copyright Fleur 2017.
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@MALUSE (43661)
• Uzbekistan
5 Oct 17
shin of beef -- I've just learnt a new term!
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@Fleura (7197)
• United Kingdom
5 Oct 17
Here's a picture of the cuts of beef But of course they are not the same everywhere - are they different in Germany?
Use our handy Cuts of Beef guide to help you find your way around the butchers counter. Get the best match for your recipe and your budget.
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@MALUSE (43661)
• Uzbekistan
5 Oct 17
@Fleura I think the cuts are the same everywhere as the animal is the same. Only the terms differ. Quite a lot to learn for an apprentice butcher!
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@Fleura (7197)
• United Kingdom
5 Oct 17
@MALUSE often the names differ, as you say, but in some cases the cuts are different too, as in Britain and America (like most things!)
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@RasmaSandra (19842)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
5 Oct 17
Lucky you and the beef. Here in Latvia beef is expensive and the last thing you would choose. Even if you cook it or stew it most likely you will get your teeth in but not out. I miss having beef stew and I miss steak.
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@Fleura (7197)
• United Kingdom
5 Oct 17
What sort of meat is usually eaten there? And what sort of farming goes on in the country?
@RasmaSandra (19842)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
6 Oct 17
@Fleura there is plenty of meet available only not all of it is of good quality even though it is mostly from animals raised in Latvia. Goodness know what they feed them. Chicken is always a good bet and occasionally pork. Being on my own I stick to things like chicken nuggets. About farming here is a link
RIGA - Latvia has a rich history in agriculture and farming. Before the beginning of World War II, i
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@gauti2483 (595)
• India
5 Oct 17
Why are you hate shopping?
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@Fleura (7197)
• United Kingdom
5 Oct 17
It's just so tedious! And if I have to drive there, the traffic is often a problem too.
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• India
5 Oct 17
@Fleura Whenthere is no traffic then you should to go for shopping
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@MALUSE (43661)
• Uzbekistan
5 Oct 17
@Fleura I don't like shopping, either, although I walk to the shops and have no probs with traffic. @gauti2483 Why do you *like* shopping?
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@Shellyann36 (11273)
• United States
5 Oct 17
That is quite the coincidence! You will have to let us know how it turned out.
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@Fleura (7197)
• United Kingdom
5 Oct 17
It was very tasty, thanks!
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@Shellyann36 (11273)
• United States
7 Oct 17
@Fleura Glad to hear that. I really need to get my act together in the kitchen.
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@LadyDuck (177220)
• Switzerland
5 Oct 17
I buy this cut all the time, not diced I buy the whole piece with the bone attached, because the bone marrow gives a delicious flavour to the sauces.
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@Fleura (7197)
• United Kingdom
5 Oct 17
I rarely buy joints of meat, only for special occasions really, but I think (not certain though) that since the BSE/ mad cow disease scare butchers are prohibited from selling cuts that include the bone. Not sure of the logic of this but certainly mad cow disease seems to have faded from the headlines...
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@LadyDuck (177220)
• Switzerland
6 Oct 17
@Fleura The selling of bones was prohibited until about 2 years ago, no more now.
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• United States
5 Oct 17
I'll be looking forward to hearing how your stew came out with that shin meat. I think it's pretty funny how you came upon your recipe from your book
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@Fleura (7197)
• United Kingdom
5 Oct 17
It was quite the coincidence! And the stew was very tasty too, and a little unusual because it was made with mixed spice.
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• United States
5 Oct 17
@Fleura glad your stew was a success and it's always nice to find a new recipe for an old traditional meal
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@TheHorse (72525)
• Walnut Creek, California
6 Oct 17
Um, how was it?
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@Fleura (7197)
• United Kingdom
6 Oct 17
It was tasty, very tender and a little bit different to the usual beef stew.
@pradab (465)
• India
6 Oct 17
Hope you tell us in your next discussion how it turned out
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@Fleura (7197)
• United Kingdom
6 Oct 17
It was tasty thank you!
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@KrauseHome (35517)
• United States
5 Oct 17
That is always nice when you find something in a book, etc that you want to try for the first time, and am able to find the ingredients you need, and Happy with the way it turned out.
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@Fleura (7197)
• United Kingdom
6 Oct 17
Yes it was a pleasant surprise!
5 Oct 17
Some things are just meant to be. :)
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@Fleura (7197)
• United Kingdom
6 Oct 17
Serendipity!
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@Corbin5 (116530)
• United States
5 Oct 17
That book really came in handy when it came to planning a meal!
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@Fleura (7197)
• United Kingdom
5 Oct 17
Yes I really didn't expect that!
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• Eugene, Oregon
7 Oct 17
That is a new one on me as well. I am glad you found the cut called for.
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