Thursday, February 23, 2012

A Little Piece Of Tibet

This little treasure was given to us by a friend
who picked it up in his travels to Tibet.

Look at the detail in this handcarved yak!

Even if we never manage to travel to Tibet,
a little piece of Tibet has come to us.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Yak Burger Soup For The Slow Cooker

1 lb of Springridge Ranch Yak-Cross Beef
1/2 large onion, chopped
1 Tbsp minced garlic
and cook it in a fry pan:

While the meat is cooking,
grate 1 large carrot, coarse or fine, whatever you prefer,
and put it in the slow cooker:

Then take some celery, 1 or 2 stalks worth, or in my case,
use up some ends and leaves from the celery:

Chop the celery and add it to the slow cooker:

Cook the meat until no pink remains:

Add the meat in the slow cooker along with 2 Tbsp barley or rice:

Then take 1 cup beef consomme and 3 cups water
(*note the original recipe called for 1 cup water,
which is what the photo shows,
but I found that 3 cups water is a better consistency):

Add it to the slow cooker along with
1 small (10 oz) can of condensed tomato soup:

Add salt and pepper to taste,
a pinch of thyme, 1 bay leaf and stir:

Cook on low for 8 hours and serve with grated cheese on top.

*Note, this recipe is very flexible and you can add more or less of
any of the ingredients listed here depending on your taste, or add your own!
It can also be doubled and the leftovers can be frozen in portions for
those days when you don't have time to make a meal.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

So Ugly, He's Cute?

Let's face it. Not every critter is blessed with good looks.

Case in point.

But really, it's what's underneath that counts.
At least that's what my Mother always taught me.