One of my missions as a mother was to get the kids cooking meals so that dinner was ready for when I got home from work. This often involved more planning and organising on my part and a few phone calls but eventually we had some written plans that they could follow with minimal input from me. When Alisha was a teenager she decided she was a vegetarian and wouldn’t eat meat unless it was chicken or corned beef!! I think she was as sick of mince and sausages as I was and luckily corned beef was often on special. This became a weekly meal – sadly Dianne got sick of corned beef and is still not that fond of it. You cant win as a parent. Cooking the meat in the crockpot all day ensures nice tender meat with great flavour and is a forgiving method if the rest of the meal preparation is running late. I would leave the correct amount of vegetables ready to prepare until they could work it out for themselves. Adjust the start times for the vegetables to suit your family meal times.
In the morning
Put the meat into the crockpot, cover with water and add –
- 2 Tablespoons Golden Syrup
- 1 Onion (cut in Half)
- 3 Peppercorns
- 3 Whole Cloves
- Put lid on crockpot
- Turn on to Auto (or Low if you do not have an Auto setting)
- Peel pototoes cut in ½ or ¼. Put in large pot, cover with water and add ½ teaspoon Salt then cover with lid.
- Peel carrots, chop into 4 or 6 bits. Place in medium sized pot, cover with cold water and ½ teaspoon Salt then cover with lid.
- Chop cabbage and put into Steamer. Sprinkle with salt & pepper
- Get rid of the scraps and wipe the benches.
- Set the table
- Turn on Potatoes and Carrots. When they boil turn them down to simmer.
- Make Mustard sauce
- 1 egg
- ¼ Cup Sugar
- 1 Tablespoon Flour
- 2 Tablespoons Vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Mustard powder
Mix together in a microwave safe jug them whisk in –
- 1 Cup of the liquid from the crockpot
Cook in microwave for 30 seconds at a time until thickened.
- Put the steamer of cabbage on top of the carrots and cover with lid.
- Slice the meat and cover with foil to keep warm.
- Mash the potatoes with butter, milk and pepper
- Dish up
Hopefully someone else will assist by doing the dishes!!!
You can do other vegetables with this but we always eat it with mashed potato, boiled carrots and steamed cabbage smothered in mustard sauce – some habits are just too good to break.