I was tired of eating the same things every week - sometimes multiple times within a week for the sake of convenience or laziness.
So last night to celebrate the new year - I decided to try my hand at a moose roast.
A friend/neighbour gifted me with a chunk of moose from her father's hunting group and I immediately got excited about the possibilities of what to do with it.
The Hubster swears I said "chocolate mousse" when I tossed it to him after swapping presents with my friend!
Please note - I have 0 professional cooking experience and am not educated in fancy-pants cooking. I rely on the internet, cook books and guess with measurements!
I'm going to a home economics vocational school soon - but it's nothing incredibly fancy! I'll be sure to keep you guys updated on my culinary skills I learn from there!
- I took the moose roast out to thaw the night before.
- I started the dough in the bread machine (my favourite machine in the kitchen right now!). Recipe from good ol' Betty Crocker.
- I opted to just make plain dinner rolls this time instead of garlic cheesy ones instead!
- The morning of - actually - closer to 11am - I heated a frying pan and added 2 minced cloves of garlic and 1 small onion peeled and quartered into the pan with EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) and tossed in the roast as well to brown on all sides.
- I tossed the moose roast into the slow cooker and included the lightly fried onions and garlic, favourite spices (i.e. pepper, onion spice mix, dried parsley) and added some fresh cut rosemary and chives.
- I rarely have fresh herbs on hand - I'm usually a bagged dried herbs and spices kind of person! But I had it for something else on hand - so why not?
- I added a mug full of red wine (0,4dl) and drizzled a bit more olive oil and a splash of water and turned it on "LOW" for 5 hours.
- I flipped the meat only once to ensure the top part wouldn't dry out.
- I also baked the dinner rolls at some point!
- I mixed flour into the drippings in the slow cooker with a silicone whisk and made a gravy - it was lumpy AF - but still edible.
I ended up crashing for a nap some point during the day and it was too late to try making mashed potatoes - so I opted for rice with a jelly bullion blob in the rice cooker (Tupperware one - my life saver) and green beans.
So there you have it! I've never cooked with moose meat before (other than already pre-shaved and toss it in a stew from the frozen section) - and was happy with the result of the meal.
Tonight I'm making moose burgers with ground moose meat I got from the frozen section of the store (friends made them last week for us and I had to try it!) and will update you with my results/attempt in a few days! (Or sooner if I manage!)
PS You might see me writing on another blog in joint efforts with another friend who's interested in tackling the same NY Resolutions! :)
2 Hookers 2 Kitchens - still a lot of work to be done - but don't fret if you see duplicate (or mostly duplicate) blog posts here and there!)