H. and I have now lived almost 7 months in north London, and we love our little corner of this massive and sometimes overwhelming city. The one main downside of living where we do is that we do not have a large supermarket near us (although have recently ‘discovered’ a closer Sainbury’s than the one in Camden we’d been trekking to for big shops). Because of this, we have started doing some of our shopping — especially for pantry items, i.e. not fresh food — online. This may seem weird to some/many of you, but it is extremely popular here in the UK, and, believe it or not, it is cheaper to get food delivered than 2×2 bus rides. I recently discovered that Ocado has a bespoke butcher service, delivered right to your door – who knew? I decided to give it a go and ordered Aberdeen Angus beef brisket as a test. It came perfectly wrapped and was very fresh.
Originally we were going to roast the beef per Martha’s recipe. However because we only have one oven rack, we decided to braise it on the stovetop and save the oven for roasting the vegetables. This worked extremely well (I have to give credit to H. for the idea and finding the recipe!). We modified Mario Batali’s recipe and braised it canned chopped tomatoes, red wine, onions, carrots, and seasoning.
I got the idea for the cauliflower salad from my friend M.’s post here. It was so good I made it again the next day for lunch – absolutely delicious. I could have eaten all of the cauliflower right out of the oven. She had it with lamb but it also paired very well with the beef.
This was a delicious meal that last us leftovers for the next day too. The long braise meant the meat was juicy and SO flavourful. I’d never braised beef in tomatoes before but this is my new go-to method – delicious.