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Sunday day of rest?

sunday rest day

Sometimes these sayings make us smile with irony don’t they. Sunday back to school tomorrow or Tuesday in South Australia so parent swill be running around getting things ready for the beginning of the week. School bags may be being cleaned out of last terms rubbish,  notes and in some cases mouldy lunches in lunch boxes.

Are you planning lunches or playing it by chance, went shopping yesterday for the required items? what do you send? If anyone has any great suggestions send them in and we’ll publish them. My daughter didn’t like to eat so she in primary school had lettuce sandwiches, they consisted of 2 pieces of white bread, margarine, cut up lettuce and that was all. She never ate vegemite spread so that made simple sandwiches hard.

Sunday night dinner? that’s always a rush as well, for going back to school one can’t go past a good hearty spaghetti bolognaise, most of you would have a great recipe. You can use beef, lamb or pork mince, head to the butcher in your area even in the supermarket the quality of these meats in Australia is great. We love our beef mince here, it’s grass-fed, healthy and gluten free.

spaghetti bol

The pasta is great for kids and for those scared of carbs, you only need 100 grams per serve, add the sauce and sprinkle with parmesan. To get the kids involved in helping , do some garlic bread, cut a long french stick or small rolls or even sliced bread, place some soft butter or margarine in a bowl with some minced garlic, spread the butter on both sides of the bread or rolls wrap in al foil and place in oven for 30 minutes. With sliced bread I place it directly on the grill plate and grill each side rather than bake. Cut and serve.

Understanding Beef Cuts

We love our beef, we are a grass-fed accredited farm that works hard to produce natural grasses for the cattle to eat so that our meat is of highest quality for you to purchase.  We daily check our cattle and in times of drought will feed our hay (if it’s not grown on the farm and we need to purchase it in we check the hay score and content). We hand rear orphans and currently in our house yard, I have 5 female Calves and 1 male, Jeremy is th only one left still getting milk supplement daily to assist his growing.

When you go to the place to purchase your beef do you know what it is you are getting before you buy? Do you add the cut and recipe to your shopping list or are you like me and get there and look at what’s available and then plan a meal around your purchase? or do you look for the cheapest cut and purchase that? there is nothing wrong with cheap cuts as we know in Australia, we have the best food sources in the world and the ‘cheap cuts’ would offer a family great value. I always think of Rump steak here when I think Cheap cuts, or mince as they are very versatile meats to cook with and can be spread over many plates.

A packet of 2 rump steaks can be split into 4 or 5 good portion slices of meat, a Thai beef Salad, steak sandwich or many other meals. 500 grams of Mince can be easily made into Spaghetti Bolognaise (a much-loved family favourite), Shepherd’s pie, meat balls, hamburgers, or spicy mince and much more besides.

Australia is very lucky to be able to provide meat in all regions, supermarkets at an affordable price.

Rump is so versatile, it can be roasted (if it’s not carved into steak), This is what you would buy if buying in bulk.

2100 D-rump                                  rump steak

The rump steak is known as the eater’s steak. Most restaurants will have 300gm Rump on the menu and as you can see they will buy the large D-Rump and cut to specification. This is full of flavour and can be tough if over cooked. It comes from the backside and it’s best to buy rump 5cm (2in) thick, flash-fry, then slice into ribbons. But it needs to cook a little longer as it isn’t easy to eat too rare – around three minutes each side (depending on size).

These steaks are good for pan frying, stir frying and grilling. It is best served medium as it can be tough if cooked well done,  this will also take out most of the flavour. When i cook Rump, I try to keep it a little pink and or wrap in Al foil so that it sits in it’s own juice prior to serving.

where my cut comes from

 

 

 

 

Meat for Meals

We are looking today for the ‘fast food’ the quick meal option to feed our families. In most households the end of the day is not welcome relief from work, it is sometimes fuller than a days work. There are children, homework, study, book work, housework to name but a few ‘work’ things ones does when they come home from ‘work’. For most people it doesn’t stop, no longer are families depicted by a male figure with his feet up, paper in hand and with a pipe in his mouth, the ‘lady’ of the house dressed in refinery, lipstick on and smiling and no sign of children those days (thankfully) are gone.

There is always something to do and food choices to make, nights are about sustenance given to families by way of the evening meal and in most cases lunches the next day. Here is where all this running around and getting home from work doesn’t mean stopping, it means someone in the house needs to make a meal decision.

What does one cook when they are busy, sometimes it is much easier to pull in and purchase ready cooked meals but are they really satisfying? Over my time being married to a farmer I have come to appreciate a good cut of meat and well cooked meal. Our meat is pasture fed so it is lean, tasty and delicious, but even with my freezer full of meat I do sometimes ask, what do you feel like for dinner? The response I get is “anything as long as I am with you” a reference back to our courting days where I made a comment that he never commented on my meals. To be honest though I did tell him “I don’t cook” which he took as “I can’t cook” so when I would arrive at the farm (300km drive) I would be greeted with a drink and a meal. Which was great he is a good chef, but then like everything else it becomes the same so I started to cook.

Now it is 85% my responsibility and he can tell when I have had enough as I won’t cook, but going back to simple easy meals for families and busy evenings has become the monotonous decisions of what to cook in the evening. I have started a program where I am cooking with the contents of the pantry and not replacing it as I go. We have a big pantry and I can never find anything in it.

Meat is a great form of protein and is gluten-free, fat-free and abides by the heart foundation requirements for low GI. These are all the things we are looking for in our diets, if we eat a 150g lean piece of meat in our main meal then we have ticked all of the boxes. I always do green things steamed, potato of some kind, gravy or a mustard condiment to add taste. This  sounds so simple doesn’t it but some days it is far from it, it is an effort to defrost, cook to the right temperature, boil without burning the bottom of the saucepan – we currently have 4 dogs with 6 saucepans dog food bowls from attempts at rice and forgotten ‘mashed potatoes’.

Rump is a good cut for a family meal, just don’t over cook it otherwise it can be too tough, fillet is the steak to eat but can expensive when looking to feed the family but nice for a romantic meal for two, blade steak is also a fantastic cut and good for BBQ, BBQ meat is only for BBQ, it may be tough upon arrival to the butcher, supermarket and needs to be grilled to make it tender and edible. But in buying for BBQ buy good meats if you can as they will taste better and be tender.

We as agriculturalists who provide meat for human consumption are highly concentrated on sustainability and nutrition. We provide our animals with natural grasses to eat and limit any exposure to unnecessary humans and grow our crops to feed the stock. Our farming practices are humane, anti-biotic and growth hormone free. Meat science can demonstrate that beef from such grass-fed systems compared to intensive feedlots production systems contain elevated concentrations of vitamin A, vitamin E, increased levels of omega-3, a more desirable omega-3:omega-6 ratio, and increased levels of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), all with favorable biological effects on human health.

Meals are about sustenance, togetherness, comfort and time. Eating a piece of meat will provide children and adults with energy, alertness and satisfaction for longer periods of time, over something which can be shop bought and ‘fast’. Our foods standards are arguably the ‘golden standard’ of the world and are envied and copied by others. In reaching for that chocolate bar, think of the quick fix versus a slice of ham from the deli, the hunger pains will arrive sooner if you eat the chocolate along with the additional calories. Try a small skewer of lamb with a tzatziki dressing

moroccan lamb

Snacks with 100 Calories or less

Meats & Other Protein Foods

  • 2 ounces or 56 grams of lean roast beef or boiled ham
  • 4 ounces or 113 grams or turkey breast
  • 4 ounces or 113 grams smoked salmon
  • 3 ounces or 85 grams tuna (packed in water)
  • 2 ounces or 56 grams  tuna (packed in water) with 1 teaspoon low-fat mayonnaise added
  • 3 sardines packed in water
  • 3 thin slices of lunch meat 50 grams
  • 7 small shrimp
  • 1 chicken or turkey hot dog without the bun
  • 2 tofu dogs without the bun
  • 1 ounce or 28 grams beef jerky
  • 1 ounce or 28 grams  turkey pepperoni
  • 1 egg (hard-cooked, scrambled or fried)
  • ¾ cup egg substitute
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter – no biscuit or slice of bread
  • 4 tablespoons humus (chickpeas) – no biscuit or bread

Chocolates – check out the limitations –

  • ½ cup fat-free chocolate pudding
  • 15 chocolate covered raisins
  • 1 snack size candy bar
  • 4 Hershey® Kisses
  • 5 Ghirardelli® Milk Chocolate Drops
  • 2 Mrs. Fields® Decadent Chocolates
  • 2 slices Terry’s® Chocolate Orange
  • 4 Andes® Mints
  • 3 Nestle® After Eight Mints
  • 25 milk chocolate M&M’s®
  • 9 peanut M&M’s®
  • 1/5 Toblerone® bar
  • 9 Tootsie Roll Midgets®
  • 2 chocolate chip cookies (2-inch diameter)
  • 2 reduced-fat Oreo® cookies
  • 5 chocolate graham crackers
  • 1 Skinny Cow® Fat Free Fudge Bar
  • 1 Nestle Butterfinger® Stixx
  • 1 Whole Foods Market Two-Bite Brownie
  • 1 Healthy Choice® Mocha Fudge Swirl Bar