9/3/15 Carnitas in the Crock Pot

For dinner tonight I made Carnitas in the crock pot again. I used a pretty hefty package of chuck roast to cook. I am so thankful for even having a large package of meat to make in the freezer, I was trying to save one for the beginning of the month and I am glad that I managed to save it.

I put it into the crock pot at 10 am this morning, its about 3 pm now and it’s almost ready to pull apart, I think we are having a early good dinner tonight. I went out and had to buy some bulk chili seasonings to season the meat and some corn tortillas and limes.

It was not that much for those items; 3 limes for 50 cents, a large package of corn tortillas for 3.50 and the seasonings for 50 cents. I have plenty of seasonings leftover after seasoning the meat and I know we are not eating the whole package of tortillas tonight. We always seem to love snacking on them with butter anyways.

When the chuck roast was halfway cooking I added more seasonings. When it was fall apart ready at 4 pm I drained the grease and pulled the meat apart. It was still a little under seasoned so I added more chili seasonings, and a punch of salt, and that made it better. I set the crock pot on low until I was ready with the tortillas.

I heated up the tortillas one at a time in my large cast iron skillet and kept them warm in my #KitchenHack cake-pan warmer. I also cut a few limes for garnish. Dinner was really good and I had quite a few tacos. We have plenty for leftovers for lunch and maybe dinner tonight and its really easy to heat up the leftover because I left them in the crock pot container, I just covered it in the fridge.

Speaking of the crock pot lid, I just had a kitchen disaster then a miracle happen to me the other day. Disaster being that I broke my 1970 vintage crock pot lid, in the sink doing dishes. Miracle is that we went to the thrift store a week later and found the exact same one, in the kitchen section of the store for only a dollar! I was so happy, and that is the only reason that I was able to cook the Carnitas because I had my crock pot working!

Until next time in the boho kitchen, I am sorry that I do not have any photos of Carnitas but since my internet was down, I could not send or receive any.

6/27/15 Crock Pot Beef and Broccoli

Today I made broccolli and beef in the crock pot. I actually had an obsessive compulsive cleaning day and making something in the crock pot enabled me to clean all day. I woke up to a mountain of dishes and a really dirty kitchen. We have been fighting roaches for the last few months and had to have a really good cleaning day to keep them at bay.

I did the dishes, scrubbing the sink as I went. I redid all around my kitchen sink and rearranged some things to look and be better. I actually fit my metal dish rack into the second side of my sink so that I never have an overwhelming mountain in each side and so that the dishes can drain into the sink and not my counter. It used to make a lake on my counter and drip over the sides to the floor and now that problem is fixed.

I pulled out the electric stove, ensuring that I would get each and every dust bunny and dead roach and stray popcorn kernel that was hiding behind it. I was really OCD, and luckily it was all worth it. I bleach cleaned the whole kitchen, even behind the stove. Even though you may not see it, stray food behind furniture such as the stove really keeps the bugs alive. So clean it as often as you can to ensure less bugs in your home.

I scrubbed the floor clean and even moved everything off my kitchen tile, so its easier to keep clean. I had a mini table on the tile next to the sink in the kitchen before and now its moved to the living room. I organized all my cookbooks unto it. And even created a little mini pantry with some baskets of apples and onions and potato on my mini table.

Now to share some cooking, While I was scrubbing the floor and behind the stove, I asked my husband to slice up the chuck roast small and thin, for beef and broccoli. He sliced it up perfect, mentioning he was really happy to help me and expressing that he would love to help me cook some more. I said “Good, cause we are buying larger cuts of meat from now on, and you can help me butcher them.”

He put the sliced beef into the crock pot. As I finished cleaning I figured out in my head what else we would have with the beef. I figured out that I could use the rest of my cabbage, some eggplant, some bell pepper and bok choy to make some amazing steamed veggies. So I did. And it turned out great, I chopped all those veggies into a casserole dish and covered it, put some water in it for steam and baked until they were all mushy.

steamed veggies
steamed veggies

The beef was extremely easy, so easy that I am not going to share how I made it, cause I used someone else’s recipe. So I will just share a link to the recipe for you. It turned out really good and I cooked on high for about 5 hrs, and mixed in the steamed broccoli that I just so happened to make yesterday into it.

beef and broccoli
beef and broccoli

Here is the recipe link.

http://www.tablefortwoblog.com/take-out-fake-out-beef-broc…/

And here is the pictures of our dinner.

dinner plates
dinner plates
daddys plate
daddys plate

I am really happy that I cleaned yesterday, its like waking up to a different apartment when it is clean. I am amazed that I did so much and even managed to do the bathroom as well, all the tile in my apt is sparkling clean. My husband was trying to be nice but he said when I was cleaning the bathroom that the it was so clean it looked like the Taj Mahal.. yea thanks hon..