I am having constant visions of Loki running around causing trickery here and there.
Like driving 150 miles (one-way) for a doctor's appointment to have the receptionist tell you there was "an issue" and they would have to reschedule (even though you had talked to them the day before).
Or making your French Friday's with Dorie meal and realizing that instead of making boeuf à la mode, the week's scheduled recipe, you come to the realization that you had just made boeuf à la ficelle.
Beef tenderloin on a string is not the same thing pot roast. (Just in case you didn't know that)
Yeah, my life has kind of been like that the past couple of weeks.
I am not so egotistical to truly believe that the universe has it in for me, but I have indulged in a few moments of self-pity and allowed those thoughts to run rampant.
Anyhoo...while the rest of the group enjoyed "one great pot roast", I poached tenderloin in a beef broth.
This was a recipe that really didn't interest me until I heard Dorie talk about it during an interview with Lynn Rossetto Kaspar on The Splendid Table podcast. After that, I was totally intrigued...
Essentially, you make a beef broth, cook vegetables (leeks, carrots, potatoes, parsnips, shallots) in it, then poach hunks of beef tenderloin. If you cheat on making the broth (like I totally did), this is a pretty simple, company-worthy Sunday supper.
We served ours with this oh-so-easy garlic-cheese flatbread, which was perfect for sopping up the broth from the bowl.
It was delicious.
One note - I did have to sell off my eldest child in order to afford the beef for this dish. So, when this recipe does finally come around on the docket, you may want to mentally prepare for that part of it... The sacrifices we make...
P.S. Below are a few random shots from Seattle. (The big mountain on the second picture is Ranier, of course...)
P.P.S. Just in case anyone is wondering, no real children were sold in the making of this post. She is safe and sound at college... (Well, as safe and sound as one can be at college...)