Thursday, February 18, 2010

Beef bone soup with radish

It's been such a cold winter here in Berlin. The temperature even hit -20°C at the beginning of January. Now it's mid-February and there's still no sign of spring. Maybe Hades wants to keep Persephone a bit longer this year since the slippery snow from Christmas is still out there causing trouble and accidents for all Berliners. I think the way to fight this freezing weather is through my dinner of piping hot soup. They are simple, tasty, healthy (you can never go wrong with veggies right?) and meaty (I'm a true omnivore).

I prepared the beef bone broth the night before since I don't want to come home from the lab, hungry as a dog, and still need to wait 2 hours to brew my soup. My sis said that it's too much work for a soup, but I say it's a price to pay for a delicious, edible meal. It's no different than those women who wake up at 5 in the morning to doll themselves up before going to work, right?

Anyhow, this recipe is as simple as abc

Beef bone soup with radish
  • Put beef bones in boiling water, once the water boils again pour away the foamy dark soup, (they come from the leftover dried blood in the bones). This step is necessary to obtain a clear broth.
  • Boil the cooked beef in fresh water with garlic and ginger for 2 hours or until the meat are tender, no salt is necessary in this step, as salt hardens the meat
  • Peel and slice the radish into half moon size and, put them into the broth
  • Now salt the soup and add a pinch (a pinch! not a tea spoon) MSG to taste
  • The soup is ready! Serve once the radish is translucent. Garnish with sliced scallions

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