Primal Cooking for Men – Roast beef

I dont hate cooking – not always at least. I do hate cutting food into cute, evenly sized pieces though, so whenever I am in charge of canapees my wife swears she will divorce me. I dont do them anymore.

But whilst I do enjoy cooking, I would classify this as a treat: something to be enjoyed in moderation and savored. So for the other days, my favorite recipe is: put the frozen pizza in the oven and take it out when it is ready. Oooops – pizza is not not Paleo, and not even Primal. Houston – we’ve got a problem!

I did partly manage to overcome this problem though – I keep collecting more and more recipes that would qualify as fast-food (in the strict sense of the word – no effort to prepare, even whilst you are checking your iPhone) and that are nevertheless healthy. So without further ado, please find the first of many in my series Primal Cooking for Men – Roast Beef

Forget everything you ever learned about cooking the perfect Roast Beef. It is as simple as that

  1. Buy some beef, maybe a nice 1-2kg piece, generally in shape of a roll about 10cm diameter. The cut might be called top-side or silver side (this might sound trivial for all women readers – believe me, for us guys it is not!)
  2. Take the meat out of the fridge, target is room temperature
  3. Heat an oven to 240 degrees, hot air (or, more simple: as hot as possible)
  4. Open the oven, put the meat in (using a suitable dish – ask your wife!), and close the oven
  5. Turn the oven to 200 degrees and keep the meat in for 45min-1hour, depending on how “well done” you like it
  6. Put an alarm (on your phone, not in the kitchen – otherwise you might not hear it) and take the roast out when ready
  7. Put salt, maybe pepper (no ketchup – Paleo, remember?)

Now there are loads niceties that you could add might some extra flavor around the edges – care for same carrots on the side? or some nice olive oil on the roast? pre-fry it on both sides so that it remains juicy? pack it in aluminium foil?. Ask yourself though – do you really care? Remember – we are competing with a frozen Pizza here (both for taste and for ease of preparation), not with a Michelin meal. So before you do something fancy, just ask yourself whether the incremental effort is really worth the incremental gain.

That’s it reall – and if you have made 2-3kg you can eat on it for a while. Eat it cold on bread (ooops, again! – no bread; eat a carrot with it, or a red pepper), or warm it up in the microwave.

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