Coffee and Cooking: Amish Pot Roast

While coffee is probably one of the most common beverages in our world, presumably being consumed by millions of people every morning, coffee can play more roles than that of a beverage. In fact, coffee is often used as an ingredient in baking and cooking.

One recipe including coffee as an ingredient that has made the rounds on the internet is one called “Amish Pot Roast”. While you are sure to find many variations on this recipe if you search, the recipe found below is standard recipe based on Google’s top hits for “Amish Pot Roast”. It is straight forward and sure to become a family favorite. Especially for anyone who is a “meat and potatoes” person.

Ingredients
• 3-4 lb. beef roast (rump)
• 1 tbsp. oil
• ¼ c. soy sauce
• 1 c. coffee
• 2 bay leaves
• 1 garlic clove minced
• ½ tsp. oregano
• 2 onions, sliced

Instructions
1. Sear roast in 1 tablespoon oil on all sides in heavy Dutch oven.
2. Pour sauce over meat.
3. Put half of onions on meat, the other half in sauce.
4. Cover and roast 4-5 hours at 325 degrees.

Experiment with the amount of coffee. Some recipes call for instant coffee rather than regular grounds. Many people elect to include carrots and potatoes to the recipe so you’ve got a “one pot meal”. You can add these veggies straight to the pan with the roast, though 4-5 hours is a long time for carrots and potatoes. You can also substitute a round or tip roast if you prefer – with the price of beef these days you may want to buy whatever is on sale. Remember that in cooking spices are all “to taste”. If you want a bit more garlic or want to leave out the Bay leaves, go for it! Make the recipe your own.

Alexa and Coffee

The Victor crew came across this cute video that some college students came up with. Using a coffee pot and Alexa via a Raspberry Pi hooked to a microphone, they can ask the coffee maker for the weather. They added two arms: one places the filter in place and the other scoops the grounds. Not a very good job though. It also cannot be asked to start the brew process. They added googly eyes to the top and as the weather report is given, it looks like it’s actually giving the weather report.

Have your coffee and protein too!

If you have a coffee maker that uses k-cups, there is something new for you to try. LonoLife has coffee pods that contain 10 grams of protein – more than a large egg. Each pod has Kona coffee along with collagen, an animal protein supplement that became popular with the Paleo diet movement. It is the main protein found in bones, muscles, skin, and tendons. Other coffees that contain protein use whey as the main protein.

LonoLife also has Beef Bone Broth with 10g protein for your Keurig. It is made from grass-fed cows. Maybe Chicken Bone Broth is your thing – they have that too. The chicken has 8g Protein. Perhaps you would like Thai Curry Beef with 10g Protein – with a lemongrass flavor.

Bonus: here is a link for gift ideas for coffee-lovers.

Egg Coffee

The Victor crew has heard of a lot of things but this is the first time we heard of Egg Coffee. Turns out it’s a thing. It originated in Scandinavia and to this day out west, the Scandinavian-Americans still make it. Here is their method:

Egg Coffee
9 cups water to boil plus another 1 1/4 cups cold water separated
3/4 cup medium to coarse ground coffee
1 egg

Bring the 9 cups of water to a boil in a saucepan or enamel coffee pot. While that is boiling, stir togeter ground coffee, 1/4 cup water and the egg. You can even use the crushed shell if you want. When the water is boiling, pour in the egg-coffee mixture being careful not to let it boil over. Boil for 3 minutes. The grounds will float in a single mass. After the 3 minutes, remove from heat and pour in 1 cup cold water. Let it sit for 10 minutes. Pour through a fine-mesh into cups. (10 cups coffee.)

Hmm… Maybe we’ll have to try this!

Source: http://scandinavianfood.about.com/od/beverages/r/eggcoffee.htm

Cleaning your coffee mug

If you procrastinate to clean your coffee mug … Good News! You don’t have to worry about it (that much). It doesn’t need to be cleaned every day. Washing your mug at work could be a much less sanitary option, in fact. That is if you drink your coffee black. It may even be more sanitary if you are the only one using the mug to not clean it. If you use sugar and creamers or lighteners, you should probably clean it more often. If you do use them, you really shouldn’t even leave it over the weekend or it grow mold.

BUT when you want to clean it, what you should do is bring it home to clean it. You may just swish around the germs using a communal sponge at work.

http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2016/11/how-often-should-you-wash-your-office-coffee-mug-never.html

The Victor Crew