Originally Posted by pdswife
Beef and tomato sounds great.
Can you please post the recipe?
yeah if you like, it`s nothing fancy though, I`m only a home cook
the part that takes the longest is the beef, I buy a couple of Large beef Brisket "joints" put those in a large pot with bay, garlic, chilis, paprica, whole black pepper corns and a couple of large onions (dont bother taking the skin off if they`re clean) just slice them as is. then I top the whole thing up with Beer enough to cover the meat by half inch.
let that simmer for a few hours (3 to 4 is about good depending on the amount of meat).
let it cool enough to take the meat out Very carefully and drain it, leave it to go room temp, then pop it in a plastic bag and stick it in the fridge overnight.
this makes the meat more stable to cut, cut this meat into slices across the grain, then put these slices (enough for 2 good sandwitches) in a bag and freeze them.
take them out when ever you want beef sandwiches OR a soup :)
with the stock you cooked the beef in, strain that off into a meat tin or sauce pan and reduce down, enough that when cold it will Gel, after that put it in the fridge and gel, then cut into 4 slices and bag each one for the freezer as a Stock.
for the soup, take out 1 stock bag and a beef slice bag.
dice up an onion and a glove of garlic and frech chili peppers(optional), and cook this of until translucent in butter, add your stock and Tomato juice (an Italian guy grow toms on the land next to mine and makes his own juice, so I use that) but a carton of V8 or plain tom juice is just fine too, add the beef slices and simmer, the beef Will fall apart if you cut across the grain, salt to taste.
it`s bare bones simple, and about as far removed from complex as it gets, you can add whatever herbs/spices you think will go nicely with it too.
if you like it thicker, crush up some rice and add a little of that durring cooking.
once you have all the earlier stuff done (the meat ect...), it`s simply convenience cooking