It is the start of January, crisp and cold, dark and quiet, and each day dawns in a whisper and not a shout. Leaves are silent, only turning in mock movement when touched by a gust of bitter wind. It reminds me that life is still tucked-in deeply behind bark, soil and rocks, slumbering with the solstice, and not as eager as I to wake up.
As I worship the bended warmth of the afternoon sun, I feel the horizon pulling her behind imaginary borders, whisking it away to shine upon southern shores and reprimanding me for my yearnings.
But there is something else brewing in my life that feels more like spring, and I feel it more keenly than ever. I am restless and tired at the same time; bold and also afraid, like two notes in a minor key that together create harmony.
As you read this blog you will see it's more about reflection than recipe, more about filling your mind than your belly. But shouldn't everything we do nourish us? Are we not here to be joyful and share that with others? I can think of nothing that blends those ideals more than writing and cooking. And something warm like this Paprika Rubbed Pot Roast contains all the best of what food should be.
As you spend more time reflecting during this time of year, I will hope that while you nourish your body, you never forget to nourish your soul.
Paprika Rubbed Pot Roast Braised in Apple Juice
By Camine Pappas/January 2014
1/5 lbs stew meat in large chunks
1 very large russet potato cut into large chunks
4 medium carrots
1/3 yellow onion large diced
3 T good, light olive oil
3 C plus of regular applie juice
1 bottle light beer (or beer of your choice)
2 parts paprika
1/2 part onion powder
1/2 part parsley flakes
1 part oregano
1/2 part dried basil
1/4 part dried sage
generous salt and pepper
Rub olive oil on meat and place in crock pot, and then apply rub. I ended up with about 2 T rub after blending the ingredients. Add vegetables and stir to coat them with the oil and paprika rub. Apply a little more salt and pepper. Fill 3/4 up to the top of the mix mixture with the apple juice. Add the bottle of beer. Stir lightly. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours. When you remove lid, lower temp to warm for 5 minutes. Then add 1.5 T corn starch blended with 3 T water. Just stir in the warm liquid, return to WARM setting and stir until it thickens.
Serve over rice, noodles, or toasted bread. Garnish with dried tarragon flakes.
Recipe and Photo ©Copyright, Camine Pappas, 2014. All rights reserved.
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My name is Camine Pappas and I love to create beautiful and delicious food that anyone can make. My signature style centers around a love for combining things in a way you might not expect as I work to find a hidden combination of colors, textures and flavors from the things that are in my pantry and/or easy to obtain.