We all make the occasional culinary mistake. I’ve been quite lucky in this sphere and aside from when I’ve used ingredients that have seen better days, I’ve rarely had to throw anything I’d just cooked away. So, seeing as I strive to keep this blog down to earth I’m evening willing to reveal some of my mishaps.

And so it goes: a beef stir fry that would have been perfectly good had it not been for the way it was cut. The sad thing is that I had an actual butcher chop it up; obviously one that I will not be using again, because SHOCK HORROR, he cut up my meat WITH the grain – thus here we are presented with what looks like a good dish but alas… the meat is far too tough. It far from melts in your mouth. Actually, you will need to chew this 54 times before swallowing. Painfully.

Why? Read here if you don’t yet know – and forever be warned of the threat of chewy meat.

The picture below is me trying to marinade the meat in a failed attempt to tenderise, after having made the discovery. Can you spot the muscle fibers going in the same direction as the cut? This cow made me work for every sort of exercise it ever underwent. Perhaps I should have tried to beat it.


  1. Posted March 27, 2012 at 9:27 am | Permalink

    The only way to make meat like that tender, is to stew it for hours and then leave it overnight, before heating and eating. and STILL it won’t be as tender as it should be! That butcher should be shot! May i ask where so that i can avoid them? thsi is the most BASIC thing to know ever when it comes to cutting meat! shame on them!

  2. Posted March 27, 2012 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    It was from PAVI, quite shocked and wouldn’t like to give them a reputation because of one employee. It was also the first time I ever got meat from there so I can’t judge on previous purchases. On the day, I had guests coming over in less than an hour. Can you imagine how I felt? 🙁

  3. Posted March 27, 2012 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    Best place to get meat is from Arkadia from Zammeat Butchers. They’ll even get you Kobe Beef 🙂

    • Posted March 29, 2012 at 10:26 am | Permalink

      I’ve heard good things about Arkadia, also about the seafood counter (which I did try once to make sushi!)

  4. Alison
    Posted March 28, 2012 at 10:00 am | Permalink

    I am such a noob. I have no idea why it is such a bad thing. I really need to start knowing these things LOL.

    • Posted March 28, 2012 at 10:15 am | Permalink

      This is exactly why I posted this one 🙂

      • Alison
        Posted March 28, 2012 at 10:52 am | Permalink

        Yeah I clicked on the link and now I am slightly wiser when it comes to meat hehe. So thank you

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