Bone Broth Anyone?

On bitter bitter cold nights one sure way of warming up is a delicious bowl of bone broth. as the temperatures dropped so did my tolerance for the cold. So I bought a pound of beef bones from my neighborhood hunting based organic butcher.

With a friends help I set out to make bone broth. It is one of the best and easiest things to make. Besides being good for your health it becomes a great base for many soups, rice, and other dishes.
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Let’s get started: a pound of bones, 2 carrots, 1 large onion, a bunch of parsley, 2 bay leaves, 5 whole all spice pieces, 2 stalks of celery, half a cup of apple cider vinegar, water to cover.

You will need a pressure cooker!!
Yes, without it you might be boiling this for days.

Roast the bones in the Owen for 30-40 minutes, then put them in the pressure cooker, coarsely chop and add the veggies and cider vinegar. Then add the spice and bay leaves. By the way you can improvise and add other spices if you like – but remember if you want to use this in cooking other meals having it plain is best. And yes… there is no salt added for the same reason.
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Once you have everything in the pressure cooker add water to cover the bones. You are now ready to cook!!! it will take roughly 4-5 hours and the aroma will fill your kitchen. This will make 2 large tubs of broth and I recommend you freeze them so you can keep on using the broth without spoiling it.

You are probably wondering why vinegar?? It helps bleach the nutrients and the marrow out of the bones more easily. Helps make the broth richer. You can adjust the quantity of how much you use as long as you use some.  IMG_3357We watched a romantic comedy, laughed, and had couple of glasses of Champaigne while the pressure cooker did all the job! Result was just yummy and its a gift that keeps on giving on these cold cold nights. Hope you give it a try! Cheers!!

IMG_3363  Umm yes.. this is how we chilled the Champaigne 😉
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Fashion conquers the snowy weather!

So what does a shoe lover do when it snows like crazy??
She conquers it!

Outside we have deep snow, ice, and more snow. Exhibit A:
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But we love fashion and our cute shoes – so we are still rocking them. Wearing warm boots like ugg or sorel on our way to work and errands… And we let loose indoors. Exhibit B:
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Just because its cold outside does not mean you can’t wear your cute shoes. So what are you rocking on your feet today?

Ending 2012 – Surprise of Snow

20121230-193409.jpgDecember 31. Felt the grace of snow today, cold crisp air was twinkling with ice particles. Peace and quiet was everywhere… Could not help but admire it and take these photos.

Soon we leave 2012 behind and enter 2013. The snow slowed the hustle and bustle of our crazy, commercialized, self important, overly busy days a little bit – reminding us what’s truly important.

We will remember this year for many events, and surprises. Also 2012 will always mark the year we dared to surprise ourselves and started our blog. We thank you for reading and sharing us with others.

We, at Surprise Saffron, wish you all an amazing 2013 – may it be filled with fun surprises. You can count on us to surprise you. But most of all… remember to surprise yourself !!
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