Cooking is one of the most therapeutic things you can do. Nothing beats the calming effect of making something that nourishes both the body and mind. So, if you’re a newbie in the kitchen and you want to try your hand at cooking, here are some easy-to-follow recipes you can do at home:
Irish spiced beef
Tracing its roots in Ireland, the Irish spiced beef is an exciting recipe that you can whip up for special occasions. With its rich flavour and aroma, this dish makes for a hearty main course. You can pair it with rice or enjoy it on its own if you wish.
- 1 fresh beef brisket (6 pounds)
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 3/4 cup coarse sea salt
- 1/4 cup chopped onion
- 4 bay leaves, crushed
- 3 teaspoons pepper
- 2 teaspoons dried rosemary, crushed
- 2 teaspoons dried thyme
- 1-1/2 teaspoons ground allspice
- 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
- 4 medium onions, sliced
- 4 medium carrots, sliced
- 2 celery ribs, sliced
- 2 cups stout or beef broth
- Optional: Rye bread, Swiss cheese slices and Dijon mustard
- Place the beef in a wide baking pan and then rub it with brown sugar. Once done, refrigerate it and then keep it covered for 24 hours.
- In a small bowl, mix all your ingredients such as salt, chopped onion, bay leaves, and seasonings. Once done, take the beef and cover it with the contents you mixed in the bowl. Leave it refrigerated for 3 days before cooking.
- Once you’re ready to cook the beef, preheat your oven to 325 and place the beef, onions, carrots, and celery. Add water and until it reaches half the brisket. Cook for at least an hour or so until the beef is tender. Once done, cut it diagonally and serve with rice or plate on its own.
English rhubarb crumble
If you’re a fan of rhubarb and custard sauce, the English rhubarb crumble is a delicious you can learn in no time. Whether it’s for a special occasion or you just want to treat yourself, the English rhubarb crumble is a versatile dish you can enjoy:
- 8 cups chopped fresh or frozen rhubarb
- 1-1/4 cups sugar, divided
- 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup quick-cooking oats
- 1 cup cold butter
- CUSTARD SAUCE:
- 6 large egg yolks
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1-1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
- In a saucepan, mix the rhubarb and ¾ cup of sugar. Place the pan in medium heat and stir occasionally to achieve consistency. Once the rhubarb is tender, you can now pour the content into a greased baking dish.
- Inside the baking dish, combine the flour, brown sugar and oats and sprinkle it over the rhubarb. Bake for 30 minutes at 400 degrees.
- While the rhubarb is baking, take another saucepan and whisk together eggs and sugar until it achieves a creamy consistency. Cook in low heat and then stir until smooth. Once your rhubarb is done, take it out of the oven and drizzle it with the cream you made. This dish is best served cold so refrigerate for a few hours.