Churchill’s Favourite Meal
Churchill was voted to be the greatest Briton to walk the earth. We all know what he likes to drink and smoke, but what did he like to eat? Well today I have a treat for you. I will share one of his favourite meals during WWII: Roast Beef with potatoes.
Times were lean. The lions at the London zoo were fed vegetables but the lion at Downing Street was still a carnivore.
Name: Roast Beef Britannia
Difficulty: 7 out of 10
Prep time: 1 hr 30 mins.
Ingredients: Inside round beef roast 2-3 lbs, 1 onion, 1 clove of garlic, 4 cups of small potatoes, 4 cups of Brussel Sprouts, 2 cups organic chicken stock, 1 cup orange juice, salt and pepper corn.
Step one: heat dutch oven on medium and add a swirl of oil (be stingy as if they are rationed). Brown roughly chopped onion and garlic (Luftwaffe is coming you have no time to thinly slice).
Step two: Brown all sides of the beef roast on high heat. Add stock and orange juice to cover half the meat. Sprinkle whole pepper corn (once again you got no time to grind)
Step three: Put dutch oven in roasting oven for 45 mins on 375 degrees F. Uncover lid, add potatoes and Brussel Sprouts and roast for another 25 minutes uncovered.
Step four: Take the vegetable and meat out of the pot. Tent meat under foil for 12 mins and carve into thin slices against the grain. Take the juice from the dutch oven and thicken with starch to make the gravy.
Step five: Serve meat and veggie under a generous drizzle of light gravy. Best eaten in dim candle light paired with cheap champagne smuggled from Vichy France.
This is not a refined meal but a hearty one nonetheless. It is full of flavours that are familiar to us. Your stomach will sing the high notes of gratification and your body will be replenished for another day of battling evil in order to save the Western Civilization from imminent doom. Bon chance mes amis.
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