Monday, June 29, 2015

Braised Beef Ribs with Spicy Black Bean Sauce

Hello everyone, I'm back. Unfortunately, I've haven't taken my boards, so we can't quite celebrate yet.
Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you. - Anne Lamott

A lot's been going on with wedding planning, rotation scheduling, teaching classes, and notably a bad car accident where my tiny Corolla got hit by a monster truck. Thankfully, everyone was ok since it struck the car's back half, so it's more of an emotional shakeup. It could have been much worse, so I'm grateful.
With all that, I felt I wouldn't have given my 110% to my boards, so after much agony, I decided to move it back. Because of my rotation schedule, I had to sign up much later than I wanted - 2 months later. As much as I would love to get it all over with, when it comes to boards, I wanted no regrets.

Plus, I really needed to actually learn Ob-Gyn, my last rotation which I have yet to do.
I was a little frustrated by this detour, but using this extra time, I spontaneously decided to recharge by going home for a week. Instead of having to cram all of boards into a 2 week "summer," it was nice to step back from everything and enjoy family time as well as some good home cooking. I'm sharing mom's delicious braised beef rib recipe, done in a slow cooker. After all, everyone needs a break every once in a while, and I can't think of anything easier than letting the food cook on its own in a crockpot as you sleep.

So, to all my medical school readers (as well as the non-med school non-type A folks), even if things don't occur in the proper timing or plan, I guess things always somehow turn out ok. Life happens even in the most well planned schedules. Sometimes, a detour for a break is in order instead.

Braised Beef Ribs with Spicy Black Bean Sauce


Ingredients
4-5 lbs beef short ribs
1/4 cup shallots, finely chopped
1 tsp minced ginger
1-2 long red chili peppers, minced
3 tablespoons black bean sauce with garlic*
2 tablespoons sake or vodka
1/2 teaspoon cracked black peppercorn
1 orange, juiced and zested
chopped green onion, to garnish

*black bean sauce is a prepared sauce you can buy at Asian markets and groceries

Directions
Position broiler rack 6 inches from heat. Broil ribs on both sides until well browned (10 min per side). Drain on paper towels. Separate ribs and place in slow cooker.

In a bowl, combine the remaining ingredients except green onion. Spoon over short ribs and toss to combine. Cover and cook on low to 10-12 hours or high for 5-6 hours until ribs are tender and falling off the bone. Sever hot with rice and garnish with green onions.

By the way, this is a great dish that can be made in large batches. Check out these tips on reheating your ribs so they remain delicious by Chew the World! #sponsored

12 comments:

  1. So sorry to hear about your accident! It definitely sounds like moving your boards back was the right choice. This recipe looks absolutely delicious!

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  2. Sorry to hear about your accident. The bright side: you have taken time out to appreciate what you have. I was a very strong Type A, but the older I get, the more 'meh' I get because really we are not in control of anything. I'm glad you are taking a breather, things always work out in the long run.

    Love this recipe - always a fan of black beans and I like how you have paired it with braised beef!

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    1. Yeah, I'm super type A as well; hoping with age and wisdom I'll keep making the right choices. Definitely appreciate the small things - the possibility of not having B, even for a moment, was awful O_O

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  3. detours are usually frustrating but they can also lead to happy surprises! glad you're okay--hang in there!

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    1. Thanks Grace. You know what they say: When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on! I'm hanging in there alright! :)

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  4. I am sorry to hear about all those frustrating events! I am glad you and everyone else is ok! You must be a pretty amazing gal to bounce back from all of that and not only cram all that work in AND develop a gorgeous recipe...I am totally digging those braised ribs! AND your photos are beautiful!

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  5. Sorry you've been having a not-so-stellar time, glad you're taking time off to take care of you! Those braised ribs look like the perfect comfort food. :-)

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    1. Ah, I can never take much time of, so even 1 week is precious (although my "time off" is really running errands and doing everyday life tasks I've put off lol). Thanks Elsa

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  6. Sounds like your experiencing some difficulties.. which does suck. But its great you managed to whip up such a delicious dish here.. these ribs look amazing.

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    1. Thanks Thalia! Life goes on anyway, and it's better with a bowl of meat :)

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