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I’m not sure when it was that I realized I was frugal; I’d always known my parents were, especially my father.  In fact, in my youth, I remember it being the bane of my teen-aged existence when I wanted to buy some exorbitantly priced piece of clothing  that was the latest fashion statement at the time.   A part-time job followed shortly after this time. Continue reading

My long affair with braising

It was quite a while into my life before I came to really like meat.  As a child, I wasn’t a big fan, although we ate it almost daily at home.  Sure, I liked the processed stuff such as ham or wieners  filled with sodium and nitrates, but  a roast or a steak was not something that I relished.  Even now, I could live fairly happily without these, were it not for braising.

My first exposure to the joys of braising came with my mother’s braised short ribs.  Always succulent, her luscious tomato-y concoction took all that was unpleasant about meat, to me at least, and hid it in a delicious, flavourful sauce that softened the meat into tender strands that melted in the mouth. Short ribs day was a special day and one in which there was no struggle to finish everything on the plate. Continue reading