Sunday, August 3, 2014

Balsamic Roast Crock Pot

Crock Pot Roast in a  Balsamic Reduction
Thought is was about time to dust off the crock pot again for this deliciously different take on the familiar slow cooker roast. This has all of the comfort of the down home classic. Yet it surprises with a Michelin Star restaurant taste.
The term "Michelin Star" is a hallmark of fine dining quality and restaurants around the world tout their Michelin Star status. My Master is used to eating in that kind of restaurant. He knows the finer tastes. So it was with a careful approach that slave worked on this meal for Him.

Slave now presents it to you in a simplified form so that even a novice can serve an excellent “finer” type of meal. Lets do this! 

  • 2 lbs Chuck roast
  • 1½ c. beef broth
  • ½ c. brown sugar
  • ¼ c. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce low sodium
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb baby carrots
  • 1 yellow onion, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 lbs baby red potatoes, quartered or serve with mashed potatoes*
*slave chose to serve over white rice.
1 cup of instant white rice
1lbs fresh green beans

  1. The night before: peel and cut the carrots at an angle to expose more of the inner carrot.

  1. Cut up the onion in large chunks

  1. Whack the side of your knife against each clove of garlic and the skin will peel off very easy. Also cut each lengthwise to see if it has started to sprout. If you find a green line – use the tip of the knife to pry this out, it will make the food bitter. Then chop finely so that you end up with between 1 and 2 Tbs of minced garlic.

  1. Seal each of these up the night before so that in the rushed morning, things will go much smoother! You won't have to worry about wielding a sharp knife before you've had your coffee!

  1. Heat 2 tbs of oil in a medium high skillet to caramelize the outsides of roast. While this is happening, clean out the crock pot and spray with cooking spray, turn the heat up to high to warm. This step is only to add color to the outside of the roast. You are NOT cooking it here! Just give it a nice brown color.

  1. In a small bowl whisk together beef broth, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, salt, red pepper flakes and garlic.
When beef is ready place in crock pot and use just about an extra ½ cup of broth to deglaze the pan. (This is when a liquid is added to an empty pan and the steam it generates lifts any bits off the bottom.) These bits are called “Frond” and add a great amount of flavor that would otherwise be rinsed down the drain. 

  1. Top the beef with carrots and onions. Pour the liquids mixtures over the top.

Turn the pot down to LOW and Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

In the final hour of cooking:
Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees
Clean and snap the green beans, toss with 1 tbs oil and spread on foil lined bakers sheet. Sprinkle with kosher salt. Put in oven for 25 minutes.

To thicken the sauce from this roast:
In a small bowl mix 3 tbs of cornstarch with ½ cup of cold water. When well combined stir that into the liquid in the crock pot. Replace the cover and turn it up to HIGH for the final 30to 40 minutes.
Heat 1 cup water to a boil, add 1 cup rice and stir well then cover and let sit off of the heat until you need it. Just before serving fluff it with a fork.
You will be pleasantly surprised by the sweeter flavor of this roast as apposed to the standard taste one expects. This makes a nice balance with the white rice.

"How do I keep from being hurt?”

The post was on an advice column this week. It caught slave's eye. Just wanted to hug and comfort the writer. They went on to write that they were not even sure if they were really a submissive and had never experienced it. But had great Fear.

Slave has talked about fear and submitting and right here was a great example. That person wouldn't have posted, wouldn't have asked if it were not for something, deep inside, urging them to try.

Maybe they were really afraid to admit it. Maybe they were afraid of being hurt emotionally again. They are not alone. Life hurts! But also life gets you horny and makes you satisfied! Life gives you the giggles and the butterflies inside.

Some people thrive on danger, others are just titillated by it.
Remember this whole scene is based on:
If you find yourself in a situation that is not ALL of those things, it is NOT a BDSM scene and You should turn your back and walk away. No one will think less of you. All who are in the scene will likely be there to support you!

Any interaction does not happen until after negotiations. Limits are discussed, safe words are set. Yes it will take some time for trust to develop. NO ONE jumps into a total bondage scene with some one they just met. That, as they say, is just “cray – cray”!

Remember SEX is FUN! It is intended to be one of the most enjoyable things in your life. It was never intended to be life threatening.

As for rules and guidelines: These are what you discuss. They will be what you build from. Any two people are different. Any interaction between them is different. No one sets these things up for you. You do it.

You might have read or heard people talking about “sub space”: it is a difficult to achieve psychological state that the submissive partner may transcend to. Some say it is due to the extended adrenalin surges, some say it is simply because the sub, is finally in a “nirvana” like state, a runners high if you will. Descriptions of this state can be very frightening to those who have not been in a scene nor witnessed someone who is experiencing it.

Once a sub has achieved it, the “coming down” often requires a Master, or Top to give “aftercare”. This consists of nurturing both the mind and the body. Elsewhere in this blog slave has discussed foods that can help before, during, and after such a phenomenon.
However, it is never a “given” that you will ever get to this. It is not something to expect nor to feel like a failure if you have not. Just remember a good Top or Master knows how to deal with these things. But most importantly, do not expect a Top, or Master, or Dom, to be your doctor or your therapist. They are not there to heal your emotionally damaged psyche. He is there to guide you into what could be the most incredible sexual life experience you have ever had. Or not, nobody is perfect. We all have nights when we do not do our best.

Can someone keep you from being hurt? Ever? No. 
Hurts will happen. 
It is not the hurt that will devastate you! It is what you do next that determines your future. You can avoid most hurts but not all.
While, yes, shit happens, so does the most exciting, wonderful, life fulfilling experiences. 
Sex is fucking important!
Enjoy it. Sometimes it doesn’t even happen, but the wonderful euphoria does.

Slave knows. It happened three years ago this month, when My Master Indy informed me that He now owned me. My life has NEVER been more filled with happiness.


To satisfy and restore.
To nourish, support and maintain.
To gratify, spoil, comfort and please,
to nurture, assist, and sustain
..I cook!

Please buy slave's cookbook:

The Little Black Book of Indiscreet Recipes by Dan White via @amazon

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