Have you ever had a "why did I do that" moment? I have them often enough to think that perhaps I have forgotten everything I ever learned. As you may know the hubby and I have been on a healthy living kick. We are watching our food intake and exercising at the gym. As a treat for my sandwich and chips loving guy, we have been purchasing lean roast beef from the deli. Well, I got it in my head that it would be healthier if I cooked a nice roast here at home and sliced it for sandwiches. Sounds reasonable, right? When I went to Kroger yesterday, my choices were either a nice cut of London Broil at $20.00 (which I could have easily afforded) or a sirloin tip roast at $10.00. Well, old Miss Frugal went with the sirloin tip roast. I got carrots and potatoes and was going to do my usual deal of cooking all the items together in a nice pot on top the stove.
Normally I'm a pretty good cook, but I sometimes get cocky. Perhaps that's what prompted my first mistake. I started to think. Hmmmm. I wonder why do I always cook the roast like this. Is it because Mama did it like that? Did she do it like that because she was from the South? Not me, I'll be a gour-met cook and use a fancy beef rub, and cook this thing in the oven with dry heat. I do my research and found a nice recipe online and went for it. I did exactly what the recipe said, BUT what I didn't do prior to cooking it, was research the different cuts of beef and why you braise or pot roast, versus why you dry roast. I certainly paid for that slight omission. Because after struggling with this piece of meat for entirely too long, I have ended up with a awful mess. I may be able to rescue enough beef to make a pot of soup, but even that is questionable. What did I learn today? If it's not broken, don't try to fix it.
We had turkey bacon and scrambled eggs on rye toast with lettuce, tomato and mayo. My favorite standby sandwich when there is nothing else in the house. All's well that ends well.