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Aurora meets Uluru in the red centre.
CONTRIBUTED BY SR LOUISE GANNON rsj
Do what you can with the means at
your disposal and leave all the rest
calmly to God.
St Mary of the Cross MacKillop
7 August 1888
1 kg veal bones
8 small beef cheeks
12 French shallots, peeled
1 carrot, diced
1 celery stalk, diced
1 leek, sliced
1 bunch thyme
4 cloves garlic, finely diced
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 cup red wine
1 litre chicken stock
2 tablespoons flour
Salt and pepper to taste
1 grapefruit-sized celeriac
1 litre milk
1 teaspoon thyme leaves
Preheat oven to 175°C. Place veal bones
in a roasting pan and cook in oven for 30
In a heavy saucepan, sauté the peeled
shallots, car rot, celery, leek, half a bunch
of thyme and the garlic for 15 minutes,
until all the vegetables are soft and
translucent. Pour the vegetable mixture
into the roasting pan with the cooked
veal bones and set aside.
SLOW-COOKED BEEF CHEEK
WITH CELERIAC MASH
Chef Bart's culinary gifts can be enjoyed
at The Cathedral Café, 843 Hunter
St Newcastle West, 8.30am-2.00pm,
Monday-Friday. P 4961 0546.
This slow-cooked meal is the epitome of winter. Make it on a lazy Sunday at home in
a war m kitchen as this family favourite needs to cook slowly for 5 hours. It's a ver satile
crowd-pleaser that will satisfy hungry children or dinner party guests. Beef can be kept in
the fridge for up to five days and reheated in the oven or microwave. The celeriac will also
keep for a few days in the fridge and can be easily reheated in the microwave.
Wipe the saucepan clean and heat
one tablespoon of olive oil and one
tablespoon of butter. Flour the beef
cheeks and sear in saucepan over
medium-high heat until brown and
slightly caramelised. Transfer cheeks to
roasting pan and set aside.
Lower the heat under the saucepan and
add tomato pa ste, stirring until cooked
through. Deglaze with the red wine and
simmer until reduced by half. Add the
chicken stock and bring to the boil.
Pour into the roasting pan, taking care
to ensure all meat and bones ar e just
covered. Cover the roasting pan with foil
and cook in the oven at 140°C for 4--5
hour s. Remove cheeks from pan and
strain sauce into a saucepan, reser ving
the shallots for garnish. Simmer to
reduce the sauce by half.
Retur n to the fridge while you make
Ser ve beef cheeks with the celeriac
ma sh, reser ved shallots and steamed
seasonal veggies. Per fect with a glass of
Hunter Valley shiraz!
To make ma sh: Peel celeriac and dice
into 3 cm cubes. Simmer in milk with
the thyme leaves until ver y soft --
approximately 15 minutes . Drain well.
Blend celeriac in a food processor with
2 tablespoons of butter and salt and
pepper to taste.
BY CATHERINE GARRETT-JONES
Even before launching into this
book, my children had lots
of advice for me. They were
very eager for me to read It's
Complicated, thinking it might
justify their views on their
own socially networked lives.
I must admit, from the outset,
I do not subscribe to Facebook,
Twitter, Instagram or the like. I prefer to
speak to others rather than send messages
or photos over social networking sites or
apps. I enjoy the conver sation chain that
follows and the slower pace of a "catch up"
with my friends, focusing on them rather
than attempting to manage sever al cyber-
conversations at once.
Danah Boyd shares detail on the commonly
held perceptions about identity online,
privacy settings, bullying, danger s and
inequality and the way in which teens present
themselves on social media sites based on
their awareness of their social contex t.
Danah has clearly spent a great deal of time
inter viewing teens in a variety of settings to
find out from them exactly what they are
doing online. Her subjects reflect diver se
cultur al and social groups and Danah has
drawn on the research of other s to for m
views about what is truly happening in what
she calls "social publics".
Comparisons are made between the
preferred socialising str uctures amongst
teens of year s gone by and the way in which
teens socialise today. Danah explores the
underlying social motivators and declares
"most teenager s are not compelled by
gadgetry as such -- they are compelled
As I read this book, it became even clearer
that my role as a parent is vital in suppor ting
the navigation and use of social media sites. I
am somewhat reassured by its content and
by Danah's research but know that I have a
significant par t to play in learning from my
childr en and engaging with them -- enjoying
the conversation in real time.
Please visit w ww.danah.org/itscomplicated.
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