Marrow, the rich, fatty substance in the center of certain animal bones, has long been used as a food by humans. It is very nutritious, and thus has been used for eminently practical reasons, but it has also, at various times, and in various cuisines, been regarded as something of a delicacy.
Chiefly, one finds bones being used in the preparation of hearty stocks, and occasionally extracted and eaten as sort of a ‘side benefit’ in certain dishes, but, for a long time, the idea of marrow being a treat in and of itself has been a bit dormant in the west. This, however, has been changing in recent years, and the appetizer of roast marrow bones you see posted above, and for which a recipe will follow, is a common representation of the trend … Continue reading “Foodstuff: Beef Marrow Bones”
A plain tomato sauce can contain little more than tomatoes with some simple seasonings but other, more complex, varieties will include garlic, onions and other vegetables somewhere in the cooking process. Likewise, a truly rich tomato sauce, particularly those destined to be a ‘Sunday gravy’ will frequently be ‘beefed up’ (if you will pardon the expression) with stocks based on chicken or other meats.
For my experimental project to create a Sunday gravy that can be built upon and enhanced over the long term (please see yesterday’s Introductory Post), I am going to first make a rich meat stock using beef and pork hocks so that the collagen and other proteins released by the skin and bone will work with the meaty flavors to give a good, hearty body to our final sauce… Continue reading “The Sunday Gravy Experiment Part 2- The Stock”