Oxtail Soup


IMG_5318 The first time we went in to pick up beef from the butcher, he asked if we’d like the licker, the flicker, or the ticker.  We stood looking at him like a couple of newbies.  I’m not sure if he actually rolled his eyes, but probably somewhere in his head he was.

The tongue, the tail, or the heart.  Not having had much experience with any of them, we opted for the least embarassing, and said, “yes please.”

So started my fascination with slow braising of the most intensely flavoured muscle meat that a beef animal has to offer.  These aren’t actually organs, they are constantly used muscles, tough because of their use.  They pump, lick, help to swallow, and flick away flies.

The more a muscle is used, the more flavour it has.  The trick is how to get that flavour in an accessible way. In other words, without much chewing!

This soup is one of my all time favourites.  I think I was first introduced to it in a red & white labelled can.  Now it is made once or twice a year (there’s only one tail per animal).  Cook the meat, creating the stock, one day; put together the soup the next.  Take your time, no one is expecting you to rush while making a pot of soup.  Continue reading

Senegalese Soup

IMG_3247Just said good-bye to our guests after a fun-filled Easter weekend.  The sun is shining, it’s t-shirt weather and we have hundreds of daffodils blooming.  Perfect weather for walks, photography and sitting outside visiting.  We had a summerlike lunch on the porch yesterday, with bowls of Senegalese soup, and warm, delicious cornbread.  I think that when we eat out of doors we tend to linger longer, as we nibble and visit.  Three of our four visitors are extremely gluten intolerant, so go with the flow; we simply had a GF weekend.

I’ve made this soup many times, always with great reviews, people asking for seconds, and the recipe passed on.  The combination of apples and curry is a lovely pairing, and makes this a very pleasing soup, as well, not only is it vegetarian, but easily gluten free.

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