2021 - Get your Resolutions Ready!!!
Happy 2021 Everyone!
For the most part we have survived a year of being grounded, both political sides protesting and associated destruction of property by both, and here we sit, shaking our heads saying WTF was that.
So now we move the year another year forward and set our Resolutions. We’re going to tell everyone in our world how magnificent we will become this year. We’re busting out of our cocoon. The world hasn’t seen our unwavering power that we are prepared to unleash. Why this year, well last year had obstacles (you see a pattern yet?). Surprise Sparky, there are always obstacles.
Instead try the old adage “..don’t tell the world what you intend to do, show it”. Many years we have great intentions, we tell everyone about them, and that is as far as it goes. I propose that we talk less. We us too many words and yet say little. Let us all stop that.
So what about my resolution?
I do not make them and have no use for Yearly Resolutions. Instead, I Resolve to use my energy and skills in a way that will better my life and those around me (pets included). I Resolve to be the best version of me that I can be, and perhaps everyday that might be a little better than prior day.
Also we are set to welcome in the year of the Ox on February 12th, 2021, so here is an Oxtail soup that you can make to get ready to usher in all parts of 2021.
Chef Joe’s Oxtail Soup
2 lbs Oxtail – trimmed and cut into 1-1 ½” pcs
3 Tbs Olive Oil
1 ½ C Flour – for dredging
2 Ea White Onions – Medium Dice
3 Ea Carrots – Peeled, and Medium Dice
4 Ea Celery Ribs – Medium Dice
3 Tbs Tomato Paste
2 Tbs Thyme
5 Ea Cloves Garlic – Smashed and Rough Chopped
½ C Red Wine – Heavier the tannin the better
6 C Chicken Stock or Bone Broth
1) Pat Dry the Oxtail, Salt and Pepper each side and dredge in flour, shaking off excess.
2) Heat a Heavy Pot over high until you see wisps of smoke.
3) Swirl in the Oil and reduce heat to Medium. You want the heat high enough to fry the Oxtail but not burn it, so you may go between Medium and High during this process.
4) Brown all sides of the Oxtail. Cook in batches if needed. Once brown remove Oxtail onto a plate.
5) Once Browned, Add Onions, Carrot, Celery and Garlic. Sautee for about 2 minutes until Fragrant.
6) Add in Thyme and Tomato Paste and mix until the Tomato Paste is heated through.
7) Add in the wine and bring to a strong simmer and let it reduce by half.
8) Add in Stock or Bone Broth and Oxtails, then bring to a simmer.
9) Simmer for about 2 ½ - 3 hours until the meat willingly falls off the bone.
10) Remove Oxtail so you can separate the Meat from the Bone. Throw away the bones.
11) Rough chop the Oxtail meat and return to the pot.
12) Adjust flavor with Salt and Fresh Cracked pepper.
13) Serve with Toasted Bread, Naan, or even Rice.