Yes, I know I shouldn’t have, but I couldn’t resist that title.
And it is true….
They’re not wearing anything and they are Blondes!
Blondes being the local beef cattle…. and the sun was shining.
In the Vendee the cattle were Charolais.
The local farmer just let them out into this pasture, cows, newly-born calves and bulls, and they appeared to be thoroughly enjoying themselves.
Basking in the sun.
And after they enjoy a summer in the sun…..
In my opinion, the beef here is wonderful for braises and slow-cooking, but for the barbecue we like the veal.
It’s ‘country’ veal, which is grass fed, and butchered at an older age. It’s the color of lamb or pork and very tender. We prefer it medium rare, and lightly flavored.
Veal Chops with Herbs, Lemon and Garlic
Preparation and cooking time: 35 minutes
- 2 veal chops, preferably center- cut and an inch thick
- 2 tbs fresh lemon juice
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2 tbs snipped fresh marjoram or oregano
- Sea salt
- Mince garlic.
- Snip herbs.
- Whisk olive oil, lemon juice, herbs and garlic.
- Spoon over chops and allow to marinate for 20 – 30 minutes.
- Grill chops on barbecue for 3 – 5 minutes per side, depending on how thick and how done you want them or broil about the same amount of time.
- Brush once with any reserved marinade.
- Sprinkle with a bit of sea salt, grind some pepper and serve.
Work continues on the dining room. Now that the wallpaper is off, the walls appear to be in pretty good shape – just a bit of patching and work on the seams.
Of course a new floor needs to be laid and wiring done. We like more than one outlet in a room.
On the outside, the potager is doing well. I continue to add string and twine to the top of the fence and put the little wooden fence around the bottom wherever the bunnies try digging.
And I continue to hope everything gets big before the bunnies get hungry. For some reason they only munch on young plants.
The gates are done for the new fence. Guapa is guarding the gate to the new herb garden.
Looks are deceiving.
Since the fince has been finished, Bonnie has not escaped…. But Guapa has, 3 times.
It seems she has a nose for finding the little nooks and crannies where mon mari forgot to finish attaching the fasteners. We think it’s all secure now.