Creating a blog was out of the question for a long time for me, as measuring everything in the kitchen was like biting into an eggshell. I enjoy cooking and don’t want to waste even a slightest bit of enjoyment in that small world of mine. But little did I know that everything will change, when my husband came home with the Oscar nominated film ‘Julie and Julia’( a real life story) where Julie Powell (part played by Amy Adams) challenged herself to make all the 524 recipes from Julia Child's cook book ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ and blogging all her experiences (The Julie/Julia Project). It was an inspiring movie. A few days later when we were discussing this casually with a friend of ours over tea…everything changed dramatically…..” How about you making at least half of it in one year? Not French but your own. 262 recipes that will inspire others and present it as a blog?” For a minute my mind traveled faster than light… With an experience as a helper in my mother in laws kitchen for 6 years followed by a three year everyday struggle to satisfy the palate of my foodie husband, if I cannot do it then why should I cook? But on the other side with an experience in English literature extending no more than expanding outline stories in English grammar class when I was 18 and two small kids that come in handy at times, will a commitment for the next one year work? Anyway my ‘cook's ego’ didn’t allow me to say no...

So my friends …here I am opening my recipe book, trying to perfect and present 262 recipes in the coming 365 days….A Challenge that will of course tastes good. Come.. Have a walk with me along my journey.. Cheering and inspiring….Forgiving and tolerating…Testing and tasting….for ‘A Tasty Challenge’

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Monday, May 9, 2011

Oven Roasted Bone Marrow with sauteed Onion and a flavored Oil

I wanted to do something special as the Grand Finale recipe…something that will make my friends go ‘hmm… interesting’. Things are very different now when compared to what it was one year back… Almost all of us are in different places now and so making a feast for them is impossible… Most of them being foodies and quite adventurous with food, especially in the Non-Vegetarian area, I decided to go something around that. So after some long thoughts I came up with this… something that will trigger their imaginations and force them to guess how it will taste and will be with us at least in their thoughts…

So... for all those who forced me into doing this challenge and for all those who became friends on the way and inspired me...

Recipe No: 262
Ingredients                                                  Serves 3-4
  • Beef Leg bones………………..5 pieces; cut 4-5 inches in length
  • Bread slices…………………….9-10 (I used French; any crusty Bread preferred)
To make the Sauteed Onion
  • Thinly sliced Onion………….2 Cups
  • Oil…………………………….……2 Tablespoons
  • Salt…………………………………1/4 Teaspoon
  • Sugar a pinch
For the Flavored Oil
  • Oil………………………………….....2 Teaspoons (Vegetable/ Olive)
  • Garam Masala Powder………1/4 Teaspoon
  • Black Pepper Powder………....1/4 Teaspoon
  • Coriander Leaves/ Cilantro…1 Teaspoon (Chopped as fine as possible)
  • Salt…………………………………...1/8 Teaspoon
Method of Preparation
  1. Preheat the oven to 430˚F/ 220˚C.
  2. Scrape all the extra meat and fat from the bones as possible. Wash and dry them with a paper towel.
  3. Arrange them on a baking tray lined  with Aluminum foil (will help in cleaning) with their broad end touching the tray in an upright position.
  4.  Bake it towards the bottom of the oven. (Not on the lowest rack but one or two racks above.) These bones have hard regions on the broad flat end and so to cook that portion, you have to keep it towards the bottom of the oven.
  5. Bake for 20-30 minutes or till the internal temperature (in the middle of the Marrow) is  160˚F. (I like it well cooked and so this temp; don’t overcook as it becomes liquid fat.) When cooked, fat will be bubbling on top of the Marrow and if you insert a toothpick, the fluids running will be clear.
  6. While the Marrow is roasting, saute the Onion in a shallow pan on medium low flame with Oil, Salt and Sugar until it is wilted and attains a light brown color. We are not  looking for crispy fried onion, but a very soft and moist sauteed Onion.
  7. Mix all the ingredients to make the flavored Oil and keep aside till ready to be used.
  8. Arrange the Bread slices on a baking tray and bake it in the oven towards the last 8-10 minutes of roasting the Bone Marrow. This will make the Bread crispy.
  9. Once the Marrow is cooked, serve it with the Bread, Sauteed Onion and the Spice Mix.
  10. Scoop the marrow on to the crispy Bread, arrange some Onion on top and give a very light drizzle of the flavored Oil. (Only a few drops as it is very salty; it has to be salty as we are not using much of Salt anywhere else and eating Bone Marrow without Salt will not be very pleasant.)
Notes:
  • Beef Leg bones are generally used for makings roasted Bone Marrow. Ask your butcher if they have some. I am not so sure about the regular grocery stores, but it will be available in most of the Butcher shops. (It is also called soup bones, which are not very expensive.)
  • Before cooking, the Marrow part will be very hard but as it cooks it will become very soft and attains a gelatinous texture.
  • Don’t overcook the Marrow because if you do all the fat will melt and will become liquid fat.
  • Eat the Marrow while hot because as it gets cold the fat will solidify, giving an unpleasant texture.
  • It is easy to scoop out the Marrow from the bone with a butter knife.
  • If you want discard the liquid fat out while scooping the Marrow.
  • Marrow is basically fat with a small amount of protein. So even if it is not good for regular use, you can have it once in a while… like your wedding anniversary or if you ladies out there want your foodie husband to buy you a Diamond ring or a bracelet!!!
  • I have to say if you are a foodie; loves non Vegetarian very much and are willing to eat new stuff, this one is a must try… at least once. It is rich and decadent with a very unique flavor and feel.





Make it, enjoy the deliciousness and
serve it to your family with love...




                                                                               
                            
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15 comments:

Liz said...

Congratulations, Asha!
Now, this was such a nail biting finish.. almost like a T20 or a one-day cricket match. :)
Now, what next? I'm so used to checking your blog everyday that I now worry what to do from tmrw! Hope you'd continue to bring on more inspiring recipes. God bless.

Jay said...

love them..yours loook absolutely inviting..;P
Tasty Appetite

seb said...

Congrats Asha! You have created such a great collection of recipes.

And bone marrow...aahh, you brought back some great memories. We once had it at a French restaurant - with toast, sea salt, radishes and caramelized onions...it was so yummy :) Your take on it with the flavoured oil sounds great too. Will surely try it someday.

Milgy

sojo said...

Dear Asha,
Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU ROCK, GIRL.... I love each and every one of ur recipes...Ive tried some..posted some (u know) and I always tell my hubby....I can never go wrong with Asha's recipes... Again, a reminder.... U CAN DO A BOOK...pls do it... U r so so so talented and capable... I see u as another Mrs K.M Mathew and Dr Lekshmi Nair... and I MEAN IT... Give it a thought....
Loved going thru ur recipes... urs was the first site I log into each day as I switch on my PC...
Take care and come up with more inspiring and exciting recipes...
Wishing you all the best for lot more creations...

Priya said...

Omg, bone marrow makes me nostalgic, we almost do the same with goat bone marrows,havent had since a long...Wonderful..

Aysha said...

Congrats on achieving your goal and thanks for posting these wonderful recipes..

ann said...

Hey,congrats!Love all ur recipes...Visited many blogs of kerala recipes but your is the best i have seen...Pls do continue posting ...

grace said...

Hi asha...i am a regular visitor of ur site and have tried some of your recipes, which came out very well...going through each of these recipes, i could taste ur kaipunyam...its is a wonderful and fantastic job...Congrats on your achievement..expecting another 262 recipes in the next one year...all the best...god bless

Sumitha said...

Congratulations Asha !

Please continue posting more recipies ...

An Open Book said...

my husband would so so so love this

Subi Joseph said...

Congrats on completing the challenge. I am a regular reader of your blog. Never commented before (my bad). You have a very good collection of recipes here. Do keep it going.

Sarah Naveen said...

Wow!!! interesting!!!!! really mean it...
I ve bookmarked a lot of ur recipes u know...Gotta try one by one when i shed my indolence.. This is amazing!!

Sarah Naveen said...

and to add to that Sojo made me explore ur recipes more :)..Thanks to Sojo too..

miri goes phishing! said...

Hearty Hearty Congrats on finishing your deadline....:)...this is definitely a unique recipe and what a way to finish the race (if i may call it that)....;)...kudos to you once again...

Aarthi said...

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