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Roast Beast and Yorkshire Pudding

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Rare roast beef with Yorkshire pudding is one of my very favorite meals of all time. Heck, we’ll even have it for no apparent reason! Happy today day! Here are a few tricks to making a delicious beast.

Yorkshire pudding though incredibly simple ingredients-wise takes a couple of tricks. Trick 1: Start with warm ingredients and beat them to frothy. Cold eggs and milk will not work properly. Once the batter is beaten, refrigerate for at least an hour covered. (This allows the flour to do its gluten thing with the egg.) Remove from the fridge just about when you put the beef in so that there is time for the batter to slowly warm. Trick 2: cook it under the beast.

On the beef front, start with a standing rib roast. Don’t get it tied, rolled, or cut from the bone. The ribs provide lots of flavor.

Season the beast simply with an entire head of garlic, peeled with cloves sometimes cut lengthwise then inserted into the beef with a paring knife and a finger. Liberally apply lots of pepper and some salt.

Pop it in an oven preheated to 550. Immediately turn it down to 350. Plan to cook the beast 17 minutes per pound and no more.

Beef roasting at 350 (about 90 minutes in)

Beef roasting at 350 (about 90 minutes in)

Before adding the Yorkshire batter, turn the oven up to 400 and beat the batter to froth one more time. Remove some of the drippings below the beef to make gravy with (put into cast iron skillet). Add half a stick of butter under the roast to compensate. Then pour the batter around the beef.

The batter will rise if all is well.

Yorkshire on the rise under the beef

Yorkshire on the rise under the beef

Remove the beef on time, and check the temperature. Let the beef rest for 15 minutes.

Finished cooking and now resting. Rest your beef before carving!

Finished cooking and now resting. Rest your beef before carving!

Yorkshire with beast removed.  The drippings are ultra delicious.

Yorkshire with beast removed. The drippings are ultra delicious.

Serve to family and friends with a nice Cab.

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Et voilà.

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Why aren’t those chickens laying any eggs?

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Are the days too short?

Are the days too short?

Is it the weather?

Is it the weather?

Nope - somebody's been a'snackin!

Nope – somebody’s been a’snackin!

Farmer Craig’s Spread (Greenview Farm): No Okra In Sight

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One of these things is not like the other

One of these things is not like the other

I drove my awful Chevy Cruze rental car (who makes these things?!) down to visit farmer Craig’s organic vegetable farm operation in Rhode Island. The place is called Greenview Farm. Craig is a dear old college friend who started farming full time 20 years ago and never looked back. He has about 20 acres in cultivation now, rotating crops, building up the soil, and generally leaving the land in way better shape than it started in. His produce has a reputation for excellence and his business is thriving.

Impressive. Craig and Emily are utterly dedicated to what they’re doing. The addition of three monkeys to the equation is leading to the usual loving chaos.

Farmer Craig, aka Mr Okra aka Dr Feelgood

Farmer Craig, aka Mr Okra aka Dr Feelgood

The first greenhouse is about to get a new floor

The first greenhouse is about to get a new floor

Amazing to see this on November 18!

Amazing to see this on November 18!

Hearty broccoli.  Mine never looks this good.

Hearty broccoli. Mine never looks this good.

Yeah, I know, Kale.

Yeah, I know, Kale.

Gorgeous rich topsoil

Gorgeous rich topsoil

Cover crop of oats and peas will be plowed under in the Spring

Cover crop of oats and peas will be plowed under in the Spring

Winter crops still going

Winter crops still going

Keep em covered

Keep em covered

Seats two hippies

Seats two hippies

On The VERGE! Dubai – biggest, tallest, glassiest!

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First – go to the biggest MALL and don’t buy anything. oh, some Converse Allstar tennis shoes. buy those.

ahhhhhhhhhh!

ahhhhhhhhhh!

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Now to the Tallest Building on Earth..You pay a lot, You get a lot.

Video a history of tallest buildings – as you rise 125 floors in 1.46 minutes.

You have arrived – 148 floors!

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Dubai

Dubai

From the inside

From the inside. Son in glass.

Reflective Selfie

Reflective Selfie

Have a coffee and a baclava *at the window* while you sit 148 floors up!

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Back to the sweetest hotel in Abu Dhabi – Traders..

Traders hotel lobby

Traders hotel lobby

final dinner - beach and shisha.

final dinner – beach and shisha.

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Dubee Dubee Dubee Dubaiaiaiai.

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Yes, it’s big and new!

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Questions?

Questions?

If visiting this excellent city, you must not miss the old part – Deira Creek, and the Souks. Real people selling real stuff.

Like Golden vests..

Like Golden vests..

heading to spice souk.

heading to spice souk.

Riding the Dhow across the Deira.

Son in wood.

Son in wood.

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locals and tourists use the service.

locals and tourists use the service.

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Arabian Coast, Wadi Bani Khalid, Misfat Al Abrein – Oman

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Toes in the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman

Toes in the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman

Seabird

Seabird

hermit crab incognito.

hermit crab incognito.

stone and coral.

stone and coral.

Limestone Sinkhole  – from bikinis to burkas in this spot.
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Wadi – cool, clear, nearly empty.

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Son in Sandstone.

Son in Sandstone.

Al Abrein – Mountain Village. “Stoned me just like Jelly Roll..”DSCN0101

Ceramic pots hung in windows to keep water cool.

Ceramic pots hung in windows to keep water cool.

men wash in mountain stream.

men wash in mountain stream.

Oman? yes, Oman – Desert, day 1

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Along the road are houses seemingly in impossible places – sand sand sand. But the government provides land to anyone who wants a spot. citizens build their own houses. government provides water. The Sultan is good here.DSCN0003

At the desert's edge.

At the desert’s edge.


At the Bedouin Camp 20kil into the sand we stop. While they have modified their existence, they do raise goats and camels and live on this giant farm of sand.
Bedouin village

Bedouin village


Camel ride? but of course! Up up we went to see the sun set.DSCN0025
Son on camel.

Son on camel.

Son in sand.

Son in sand.

bad ass.

bad ass.


Sky Blue Sky, satellites are out tonight..

Sky Blue Sky, satellites are out tonight..


Speaking of satellites this photo, authentic indeed..
Amazing Shot - and he's on his cell phone!!

Amazing Shot – and he’s on his cell phone!!

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Morning arrives. our hut. Electricity is overrated.
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The Mess Hall

The Mess Hall

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