We have had some joints of beef in one of our freezers for some time. They came from a local farm as part of a swap. We decided to use one of the top side joints over the weekend but, having consulted various recipe books, we opted to pot roast it. Apparently roasting it in the oven can cause top side joints to dry out.
It was a good decision. The beef was superb. We are planning to use the leftovers in sandwiches.
Until 2009 I was working in London, UK, but I gave it up to pursue a life of self-sufficiency. My aim is to grow or forage for all my food, produce my own power and live a healthier and greener lifestyle. I left London to return to my home village of Sunniside, near Newcastle, in the North East of England. I have a couple of plots of land there as well as the garden of my house. Our village is a commuter area for Newcastle but we are surrounded by countryside which we use for picking wild foods. My mission in life is to show that it is possible to live well without destroying the planet in the process. I am also keen to ensure knowledge of historic recipes and cooking is kept alive. I regularly try out recipes from old cookbooks using the food we have grown. I make videos about our progress and about how to cook home-grown foods. These can be viewed on www.youtube.com/jonathanwallace.