Thursday, November 07, 2013

On cart-averse kids, the importance of analog, and the best pot roast recipe EVER

It's not easy shopping with two kids. Shopping carts aren't geared to two kids. Especially not this kid:

Yep, he perches like this the entire duration of most any shopping visit.
Today, feeling under the weather, I wanted to pick something that would be simple enough to make tomorrow morning if the cold still lingered, but still felt like comfort food. So I went to my recently discovered but tried and true: Slow cooked balsamic pot roast. Just the thought of it made me smile. I grew up on chicken kardhai with hand tossed roti which is yummy and all but pot roast? That's exotic goodness I can't get enough of. So I walked over to the meat aisle. Picked up the pot roast and then, because I wasn't sure what other ingredients I might need, I clicked my smart phone. Tapped on Pinterest. And scrolled to the link. The link to yummy goodness.

And then I clicked on the link. And saw this:

Baby Ford?! How about me? This mother staring at her smart phone in the middle of the meat aisle while people maneuver around her, surely shaking their heads and tweeting about the horrible mom on her phone ignoring her kids and OMG did you see the baby in the cart??

So I picked up the ingredients and hoped I could youtube a hypnosis course to remember the amount of each ingredient to include. But then, when I got home, I struck gold! You see, I keep a recipe journal where I hand-write my favorite online recipes that I don't want to ever lose. I thought it was a silly precaution because the internet is forever! but in a case of overabundant precaution I copied them down nonetheless. And this recipe? It was the last recipe I had recorded.

So ultimately, this post is about two things: a) sharing with you a delicious, easy, amazing recipe that takes ten minutes to prep and lends itself well to tacos the next day and which for some reason has gone in hiding on the internet b) digital is all wonderful and revolutionary and yaddayadda but if you love a recipe you found online, don't just bookmark it, or pin it, type it up, e-mail it to yourself, or better yet write it down in your favorite beat up moleskine.

  • 3-4 pounds chuck roast
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tspn salt
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbspn soy sauce
  • 1/4 tspn crushed red pepper flakes [to taste]
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • red potatoes, rinsed
  • Braise pot roast in oil on frying pan.
  • Whisk all ingredients and toss in all potatoes.
  • Slow cook low 8 hours.
  • Mash potatoes, stir with salt, pepper, butter and milk and eat.
Hope you enjoy it. If you try it, please do share! Any tried and true and easy recipes in your repertoire?


Marie said...

This recipe sounds delicious! I am going to try it on Sunday!! Thank you for sharing.

mystic-soul said...

One time, when my son was 3 or 4,flipped over from cart at Toys R Us, as I just turned around to see some toys. Fortunately, no damage happened - but guilt stayed for long time.

Aisha said...

Marie, please do share how it turns out!

Mystic, oh no!!!!! how awful. I usually ergo M because of this fear. He is fearless so I'm afraid for both of us.

The Hijabi Musings said...

It bet this balsamic pot roast would taste super yummy just looking on the pinned pic. Nice blog.


Life | Above | Zero ! said...

im reading this post n its almost 2 am n now im feeling hungry :D

iamstacey said...

Oh my gosh that sounds amazing! I wanna go home right now and check to see if I have a pot roast in the freezer!

Musa is hilarious! Davie won't sit in the cart, either. She wants to push it - NO STOPPING! So if I take her, I have to be ready to shop FAST!

Sprogblogger said...

OMG. Finally made the pot roast. BEST. POT ROAST. EVER.
Bar none.
Will be putting this on the 'every month if the temp is below 50*' rotation.
YUM!!! (And thank you for sharing!)

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