Slow Cooker Beef and Cabbage; time

I like my slow cooker.

I like being able to do the prep work in the afternoon and have dinner ready with no fuss on the days I have French class in the morning and French conversation in the evening.

I like having the main course cooking nicely so I can spend more time on the starter on the week-ends. (We eat more simply during the week.)

So far we both have been very happy with everything I’ve made (except for that soup……)

But the appearance / photos of most of the dishes…. Blah!

So we’ll just concentrate on the taste….

This was good – and a dash of something hot was just the right finish: sambal oelek for mon mari, green Tabasco for me.

Slow Cooker Beef and Cabbage

Total time: 7 hours

Ingredients:

  • 12oz (360gr) ground beef
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 rib celery, chopped
  • 2 cups Savoy cabbage, roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups (12oz, 360ml) beef stock
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp marjoram
  • 1 tbs cornstarch (maizena) dissolved in 2 tbs water
  • 1/3 cup Greek or plain yogurt

Beef and Cabbage

 

Instructions:

  • Heat oil in a medium skillet.
  • Add beef and sauté, breaking it up as it browns.
  • In a small bowl combine stock, ketchup, Worcestershire, paprika and herbs
  • Put carrot, onion, celery, garlic and 1 1/2 cups cabbage in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  • Top with beef, then the remaining 1 1/2 cups cabbage.
  • Pour the stock mixture over the top, cover and cook on low for 6 hours.
  • Add the cornstarch mixture, stir well, cover and turn up to high. Cook for 30 minutes longer.
  • Stir in the yogurt and serve.

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What’s the kerfuffle about daylight saving time?

Twice each year one has to, ever so slightly, inconvenience oneself by an hour.

When compared to all the nights / days / hours spent playing games or watching Netflix or just staying too long at the fair it seems pretty insignificant.

For me it’s the best of both worlds: I get the long, light evenings in summer when I can be outside to enjoy them and the sun is up before lunch in the winter so I don’t waste the entire day sleeping.

To be honest, where I live in the time zone, not having daylight saving time would be okay…. I would still have daylight until 9:00 in the evening at the height of summer.

On the other hand, having daylight saving time year-round would be horrid. In the middle of winter it would still be pitch dark at 9:15 in the morning.  And the later sunset would be wasted during the cold, wet, gray winter months.

Time is real…. It’s the fourth dimension (spacetime)

Clocks, and other methods of tracking the passage of time, are human social constructs.

So,,, quit fussing about the clock.

You are not losing or gaining time…. The time is still there.

Make the most of it.

Wouldn’t it be nice if it were all really that simple?

Last update on March 13, 2016

2 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Beef and Cabbage; time”

  1. Unfortunately for me, I am a terrible sleeper often only getting three to four hours of sleep. Because of that, DST really affects me and it takes a good month before my rhythm gets straightened out. I hate DST.

    I’m going to try this recipe! It looks great and we love cabbage here so that’s a good thing. While I agree that photogenically, crock pots aren’t the best, you can’t beat the flavor most of the time. Or how it takes a less tender cut of meat and turns it into something magical.

  2. nightsmusic, I’m a terrible sleeper, too – I wake-up a dozen times a night… My best time for thinking lol (might as well look on the positive) I also like being more relaxed at dinnertime – with the slow cooker. But the photos? meh….

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