Light meals cookbook, 93pp.
by Kim MacDonald
Treasure Press, London, 1971
Cooking on page 32
This is a cookbook that I will release into the wild. I’d never cooked from it until I gave myself the page-32 challenge, and I’ll most likely never cook from it again.
I paid $1.50 for it at a secondhand bookstall. The recipes are very simple, so maybe it would serve a junior or newbie cook well, but it’s not for me. At least the page-32 challenge made me look through it carefully.
Cold baked silverside of beef
5–6 lb. silverside of beef or top sirloin roast (salted)
1 clove of garlic crushed
1 bay leaf
8 fl oz beer or red wine
Soak the beef in cold water for at least 2 hours before baking it.
Place the beef in a large ovenproof casserole or pot-roaster.
Peel the carrots and onions, cut into chunky pieces and add to the casserole. Add the crushed garlic, bay leaf, peppercorns, cloves, beer or wine and sufficient cold water to cover the beef.
Cover and cook in a moderately slow oven for 3–4 hours or until tender. Test with a skewer or a fork, it should come out easily if the meat is cooked.
Remove the beef and place in a large bowl. Put a plate or a board on top and a heavy weight. Leave to stand overnight if possible.
Serve beef cold with a fruit chutney, tomato salad and green salad.
Note: The stock may be used to make a delicious chilled soup.
How it played out
I used a 3-pound silverside of beef, and the full amount of all other ingredients (using beer rather than wine). Also cut the cooking time in half.
I haven’t made corned silverside for ages and was really looking forward to this. Sadly, the meat turned out really dry and with very little flavour. The broth was bland too, so I tossed it. Luckily, the cardamom mustard and the two page-32 dishes I made to serve on the side—escalavida (Spanish-roasted vegetables) and bean sprout and sesame salad—were fantastic.
This has been my first disappointing page-32 recipe. Don’t bother saving or recommending it. Just send commiserations! 😦
As an aside, the recipe on page 16 looks suspicious—grapes with mushrooms, yoghurt and sugar? Strange. Not game to look at page 64. 🙂