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Shauna in Bangor345 viewsShauna enjoying her stay in the Bangor hospital. Not!!
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Whitecroft Orchid House157 viewsWaiting for the Climate Control technicians to fix the misting system and computer.
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The Trailer, Greenhouse, and Barn266 views... and, of course, our tractor. The farm stable yard on a hot summer afternoon.
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Marjorie in Greenhouses -- Wanganui, New Zealand426 views
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Marjorie in the Greenhouse -- Wanganui, New Zealand410 viewsMarjorie's flower --- Impatience! (Except I don't think it's spelled quite that way --- try impatiens.
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Repairing the Non-Return Valve - Whitecroft Track186 viewsWe had problems on Friday and Saturday because, without notice, Severn Trent needed to replace the non-return sewer valve. Apparently they couldn't inspect it in March because they couldn't open the manhole cover. But nothing was done, until our neighbour's house flooded with sewage. Looks like this guy got the manhole cover open! July 29 2005
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Picanha Steaks on the Grill1670 viewsPicanha is a cut of beef in Brazil that is generally considered to be the best part of the cow, even better than the fillet. Picanha (pick-ahn-yeh) is a Portuguese word, without direct translation into English. Brazilians travelling to the U.K. are often surprised to discover that what they consider to be a prime delicacy is divided among other cuts by British butchers.
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Preparing the Picanha894 viewsMarjorie has cut cross-hatches on the fat layer of the picanha, and is about to rub salt onto the meat (and particularly into the cuts). When cooking the meat, it's important not to pierce it -- in doing so, the juices will escape.
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Two Picanha Steaks Cut From The Whole6304 viewsThis is the piece that Marjorie rubbed with salt. We have cut the steaks quite thick, and are about to put them on the grill.
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Cooked Picanha Steak4064 viewsWe did not cut this when it was on the grill -- this kept the juices inside. When we cut it, hot, on the cutting board, the delicious melted Kobe fat just poured out. Delicious with a simple salad.
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Close-Up of Cooked Picanha Steak6526 viewsShowing the fine marble of fat, and the grain. This meat was virtually fork-tender, and loaded with juices from the melted Kobe fat.
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Picanha Steaks on the Grill427 viewsIt's important not to pierce or cut them when they're cooking --- that will keep in the majority of the jucies. The fat in grain-fed beef (and ours is certainly grain-fed) melts at a lower temperature than the fat in grass-fed beef. One food critic described Kobe beef as "self-basting." These steaks were delicious!
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