Get out and celebrate your local butcher today

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The meat counter at Dickies, my local butcher

 

Today marks the end of National Butchers Week and, given that it’s Sunday, then perhaps it’s time to visit your local butcher and get the Sunday roast in.

If you’re lucky enough to have a butcher then they are something to treasure and make the most of. My best choice of local butchers is Dickies at Plungar, which has been a great addition to the local area.

Like any great butchers, Rich knows where the meat came from, how it lived, and how it died. Beef is well aged, and about as far away from supermarket beef as you can get. I love that he has the more unusual cuts, so things like picanha steaks, onglet and skirt.

 

Picanha steak from Dickies

 

If you don’t know how to cook it, then ask and he’ll give you a good idea. If you don’t know what something is, then ask. If you know what you want to cook then Rich will let you know what he recommends. And if you only want to spend so much, then he’ll let you know what’s best value for your money.

That to me makes the perfect butchers. The fact that they serve great bacon and sausage rolls, make a very decent cup of coffee and have great bread and pastries from Hambleton Bakery.

If you have a butchers, then please do what you can to support them. They are treasures that you need to make the most of, not just this week, but in every week. I’m a great believer in eating less meat, but better quality, with great provenance, and your butcher will hopefully provide you with that.

I forgot, the other thing Rich also provides is a great line in chat. Don’t go in if you want to not interact with a human. Go to the supermarket for that. Stay and chat a while, you’ll be amazed what you might learn.

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Ten different things to do with your Sunday beef

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We’re coming to the end of Great British Beef Week for this year, but given it’s Sunday tomorrow, then beef might well be on the menu. But if you want to find something different to do with it, then here are 10 favourites that I’ve gathered on Pinterest:

Crockpot braised beef ragu with polenta

 

Crockpot Braised Beef Ragu

 

Now, if this isn’t perfect for the way the weather has turned, then I don’t know what is. Lovely sounding dish from Pinch of Yum

 

Slow cooker Caribbean beef tacos with mango salsa

 

Slow Cooker Caribbean Beef Tacos

 

We may not get much sunshine this weekend, but you can bring some sunshine flavours into your home with this dish from Sweet Peas and Saffron

 

Balsamic roast beef

 

Balsamic Roast Beef - one of our favourites

 

If you can’t decide what to make, make this! Always empty plates, always thank you notes when I pass on this recipe, and always need to freeze any leftovers straight away. Otherwise there aren’t any for long. Fabulous recipe from Add a Pinch.

 

Low carb beef stroganoff meatballs

 

Low carb beef stroganoff meatballs

 

I love the sound of these, sound completely indulgent, but this recipe is low carb and gluten free, from I Breathe, I’m Hungry.

 

Korean Beef

 

Korean Beef

 

Not such a leisurely Sunday? Try this quick Korean beef from Love Bakes Good Cakes.

 

Beef Shin Stew with Parmesan Dumplings

 

Beef shin stew with parmesan dumplings

 

Another long slow cook needed for this one, not very spring like, but sounds delicious, thanks to the Simply Delicious website.

 

Skirt steak with chimichurri sauce

 

Skirt steak with chimichurri sauce

 

Definitely something different in terms of flavours, although thankfully skirt is becoming more widely available. Recipe from Bon Appétit.

 

Spicy Asian marinated flank steak

 

Spicy Asian marinated flank steak

 

Sounds delicious, and pretty simple to put together. Good advice on the best way to slice it too, from Parsley Sage Sweet.

 

Beefy Hashbrown Casserole

 

Beefy hash brown casserole

 

This one might be more for Monday night than Sunday lunchtime, and does rely on some leftovers! But sounds delicious, thanks to Frugal Family Favourites.

 

Crispy Beef

 

Crispy Beef

 

I love crispy beef at the Chinese, and this is a good standby to make it home, thanks to Table for Two.

 

Please get out and support your local butcher or farm shop and find good local beef. A couple of these call for more interesting cuts that you might not find in the supermarket but I bet the butcher will have for you. For me, then I’d be off to Harker’s Farm Shop. Fabulous beef, and their sausages are always worth stocking up on.

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