Tag Archives: roast beef

roast beef lunch

17 Apr

london 3.23pm 10c cloudy easter monday 2017

simon went at lunch time today to the kennington tesco to buy my milk powder (2) and oats (2) and sultanas (2) like i ask him to yesterday when he found out it was closed. its nice of him. and he bought back stuff to make a roast beef, yorkshire pudding, potatoes and veg.

nothing like a lazy day like today to have a roast dinner. so delicious. and he cooked the beef so quickly too, pink in the middle, it cooked quicker than the potatoes in fact.

well now i got such a lot of milk powder etc, i guess i shall have to finish them off before i implement my strategy of having my coffee black. so i shall delay that and continue with white coffee. though i might just use less milk powder and make it last longer. i think that might be the better strategy.

anyone who finds costs have escalated and what they buy have got more expensive, the strategy might be to use less of it.

i do know that if things are cheap, i tend to use a lot more of it. it is only human really. but using less of it does not make much difference to the taste of it. and might be healthier too, if u cut down the intake of some of those foods.

he cooks that roast beef with so little fuss.and so quickly too, the whole thing was finished in half an hour.  i usually hear people spending hours cooking these things, and getting flustered about it. he says his mum is guilty of it. overcooking the beef, and the veg. he says it is not necessary really. i would say not only not necessary, it is wrong. 

one thing though, this is not the case with chicken or turkey. you do need to make it cook long enough to cook the bird right through and so it will need time. and a bigger bird will take longer than a smaller one.

today my friend john woke up with a bad back. he went to a night club last night, and was ok when he got back. he thought he would be able to escape that bad back from recurring, but he was wrong. he had been putting hot and cold compresses on it and it seems to work. until now, when it is clear it had not worked. i dont know if he had been doing the stretching exercise i told him about. 

and it was so bad that he had to call and cancel the trip he was supposed to make to grantham, to see some friends. his tickets by rail will be wasted but cannot be helped i guess. better to find out now that the back is bad, rather than to go and then find out. at least he can rest in my flat and not have to keep travelling which he will have to do if he had taken the train as planned.

i wonder how others spend this day. they have allready 3days of break from work, this extra day must feel like a treat. haha.

it is quite a cloudy day, and threaten to rain. so not a nice day to go for a walk.  i think most will go indoors to see art , like in a museum. the tate britain near me is open today. so perhaps today is a culture day.

the snooker is on live on tv now, so for those like simon, that will take up most of their day.

 added. milkpowder 340mg £1.88. oats 1kg 75p, sultanas 500mg 89p. it is quite difficult to find out how much suger there is inside the milkpowder. 200ml has 10mg of suger. but how much is 200ml. it does not sound like a lot. but check this out… 100mg has 49mg suger. (10 teaspoonsfull)now that is better as a guide. half of the weight is suger!! dont believe me? click on that link. it really brings home to me just how much suger there is in there.  if i can be fooled, and i thought i really know these things… how much more easy for plenty others to be completely bamboozled.

i am definitely going to use very little. i wish i did not ask simon to buy two. it will take me ages to finish them. 

no white christmas this year haha.

18 Dec

london 10.31pm 13.4C friday 2015

simon just came back from his mum’s . he works shifts , working 3-4days and taking the same amount of days off. so he goes back to his mum’s house. she wants him to do that, to look after the house, and make it appear someone is living there , this is because she herself do not live there. she lives with her boyfriend. haha. i know modern families have all kinds of connections that are miles away from the traditional mother ,father, children, grandparents all living under the same roof.

he came back craving roast beef, so he is now in the kitchen roasting it. luckily i still got some of the potatoes and carrots that i bought cheap from tesco. so he can use that for the beef he brought back with him. i know it is late time to be roasting beef, haha. by the time it is ready it will be midnite. and he would be having a big meal just before going to bed. or maybe not, if he intends to stay up late which he might do. we both dont keep to normal hours of eating and sleeping. he does it because of his shift work, i do it because i dont work and so i can haha.

(added. 11pm. it is cooked and we are eating it. amazing it was so quick, but then beef is medium rare and so takes less time to cook and the potatoes and carrots are parboiled before hand. so in one hour u can finish the cooking. very delicious too. beef should be eaten medium rare, as it is tender. simon was saying his mother likes it fully cooked and he said it was real difficult to eat that as it was so tough. i think the gravy out of a tin is very nice too. this is one time when it is really nicer than making it from the dripping. and so easy to do too. just add hot water. haha. )

though i dont normally eat late at night. i did tonight but that was because his roast beef was too delicious to resist. haha.

normally  i can resist all the food ads i see in the tv which can make anyone hungry just looking at them. that is something i have noticed, so many food ads on tv. i am sure plenty of people must be influenced to open the crisps, or biscuits or snack on food just by seeing all those food ads on tv.

i see a tesco advert in today’s times newspaper (they are going for a higher class of readers) for the 39p veg.  so they have extended the cheap veg to another week. i guess because all the other supermarkets are doing the same. with lidl even doing one better , 29p.

what i noticed is that the meat section do not have a lot of reductions. for that i think we have to wait till after christmas, or new year.

here in uk, people go back for christmas to spend time with the parents. (it is like chinese new year for the chinese, or hari raya for the malays )so the bus and trains are now expensive. no cheap bargain fares. megabus is now about £9 -£15 per trip.

and christmas day is £28 on national express. who travels on christmas day? i am surprised they have any bus driver wanting to do that shift. haha. and they are saying there will be traffic jams on the motorways.

hope there wont be any road deaths. that is why among many other reasons why i dont like travelling around this time. so many others rushing home, the chances of accidents are much higher. so you are paying a lot of money to die. seems silly to me.

i shall enjoy staying apart from it all and just watch them stressing themselves out.