Beef short rib fingers and lentils with roast Tabasco flavoured pumpkin and cauliflower, smothered with gravy

Good evening dear readers.

It was a busy day with work, so I sat at my table while the slow cooker did its thing.

Coles Beef short rib fingers


  • Beef short rib fingers
  • Lentils
  • Beef stock
  • Red wine
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Cauliflower
  • Pumpkin
  • Tabasco sauce
  • Instant gravy


  1. In the slow cooker, add the lentils, red wine, beef stock, a good squirt of the Worcestershire sauce, and a few good squirts of the barbecue sauce.
  2. Cook for 8 hours.
  3. Place the pumpkin and cauliflower onto a baking sheet and rub olive oil over each.
  4. Squirt Tabasco sauce over the pumpkin and cauliflower.
  5. Cook the cauliflower and pumpkin in a hot oven for 45 minutes until a sharp paring knife penetrates both vegetables with no resistance.
  6. Plate up the beef on a dinner plate, add a few spoonfuls of the lentils, and then add the pumpkin and cauliflower on the plate.
  7. Serve with instant gravy.

Final thoughts

  • How are you going?
  • What do you think I’ll do with the leftover beef and lentils?

Lux congee

Last week I concocted a congee with Italian Arborio rice and tri-colour quinoa. I used pulled chicken thigh meat and bacon as the meat.

Tonight, I have pulled beef short rib and Speck for lux congee.

Lux beef short rib finger and Speck congee made with Italian arborio rice and tri-colour quinoa. Served with cucumber and soy sauce.


  • Beef short rib fingers (3)
  • Diced Speck (100 g)
  • Dried anchovies (1 handful)
  • Italian arborio rice (1 cup)
  • Tri-colour quinoa (1 cup)
  • Beef stock (6 cups)
  • Soy sauce
  • Fried shallots


  1. Wash the rice and quinoa with cold water until the water is clear and not cloudy.
  2. Put the rice and quinoa into the vessel of a slow cooker.
  3. Add in the stock.
  4. Add in the beef short rib fingers and Speck.
  5. Cook on low heat for 8 hours.
  6. Remove the cooking vessel and pull out the rib fingers. Pick the meat from the ribs, pull the muscle fibres apart, and add the beef back to the cooking vessel. Unless you leave the beef short rib fingers out for a few minutes, you’ll find the process of removing the meat unpleasant as the tips of your fingers burn from the retained heat. I recommend waiting or trying to ameliorate the problem by wearing a couple of latex gloves on each hand to dampen the transfer of heat from the meat to your nerve ending enriched fingertips.
  7. With a wooden spoon (or a metal spoon if you don’t care about scratching your cookware), mix the beef through the congee (also known as jook).
  8. Remove the congee from the cooking vessel and aliquot into containers.
  9. Serve a bowl of congee with some soy sauce and fried shallots.
  10. Given thanks to the Lord and eat with a spoon.

Final thoughts

  • How would you make congee more luxurious?
  • Do you like adding dried anchovies to give your meals a little more umami?
  • What’s been the highlight of your week?

What’s happened this week?

This past week has been great. Work has been busy and exciting. I am so very grateful for the fantastic people with who I work.

Apart from work, I’ve enjoyed reading Don Carson’s book, “Praying with Paul”. I’ve also been bingeing on YouTube videos featuring Alistair Begg. I love his mixture of humour and seriousness with a gloriously compelling Scottish accent.

William Booth. “I consider that the chief dangers which confront the coming century will be religion without the Holy ghost, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, and heaven without hell.


Lux is short for luxury.

Bundaberg sarsaparilla beef short ribs with sweet potato and kale sprouts

Check out the full recipe over at Yummy Lummy.

Bundaberg sarsaparilla beef short ribs with sweet potato and kale sprouts
Bundaberg sarsaparilla beef short ribs with sweet potato and kale sprouts


  • Slow cooker Bundaberg sarsaparilla beef short ribs
  • Beef short ribs
  • Bundaberg DIET sarsaparilla
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Onion
  • Leeks
  • CSR golden syrup
  • Garlic
  • Sweet potato
  • Frozen McCain sweet potato cross trax
  • Kale sprouts


Slow cooker Bundaberg sarsaparilla beef short ribs

  • Hone your Dick boning knife with a steel.
  • With a Dick boning knife slice beef short ribs between the rib bones.
  • Slice the leeks.
  • Quarter the onion.
  • Punch the knob of garlic with your fist to loosen the cloves and remove all the ‘paper’ and stab the cloves.
  • In the slow cooker vessel (I’m using a Fast Slow Cooker) put the individual beef short rib pieces on the bottom.
  • Pour in two 375 mL bottles of Bundaberg DIET sarsaparilla.
  • Squirt a good load of CSR golden syrup over the fat of the beef short ribs.
  • Add in the onion, leeks, garlic cloves, and cherry tomatoes.
  • Seal the Fast Slow Cooker and set the timer for 8 hours.
  • After the 8 hours, lift the ribs out of the cooking vessel and set aside in a tray and keep the ribs warm.
  • Start pondering if you’ll set aside two of the ribs for later in the week or whether you’ll be the human macrophage you are and just eat all three ribs. I mean most of the weight is in the bone and there really isn’t that much muscle and fat attached to each rib. So really, as a single bloke whose going to know you ate all three ribs?
  • Strain the fluid in the cooking vessel with a sieve and pour the liquor into a saucepan and bring to a boil and simmer to reduce the liquid to a thicker consistency to form a gravy.

Sweet potato

  • Turn the oven on to 200 °C and heat for about 10 minutes.
  • Remove the McCain sweet potato cross trax from the freezer and add some to a mixing bowl and season with some iodised salt and dried Italian herbs.
  • Spread the sweet potato on a lined baking sheet.
  • Put in the oven for 10 minutes and then turn them over for another 10 minutes.

Kale sprouts

  • In a mixing bowl slash a little olive oil on the kale sprouts and season with some iodised salt.
  • During the last 10 minutes of the Sweet potato cook, add the kale sprouts to the baking sheet.

Plating up bit

  • Okay, so you’ve decided not to set aside any of the ribs so the thing to do is stack the ribs and then put the sweet potato and kale sprouts next to the ribs.
  • Spoon some of the gravy over the ribs.
Bundaberg sarsaparilla beef short ribs with sweet potato and kale sprouts
Bundaberg sarsaparilla beef short ribs with sweet potato and kale sprouts

Slow cooker beef short ribs with pan-fried mushroom, eggplant, zucchini and strawberry jam

It was a –3 °C morning in Canberra so I got the slow cooker out.

Beef short ribs
Beef short ribs
Lake Ginninderra
Lake Ginninderra

I cross-posted at Yummy Lummy

Check it out here.
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