Braised Brisket with Blue Cheese Pear Salad


I’ve just come back from my holiday with in-laws today. We went to Sydney and Melbourne to celebrate my mother-in-law’s 60th for a week. Walking around the city, shopping, cruise on NYE, catching up with Dan’s family, etc. A week has gone so fast and now back to 40 degree heat in Perth!! is over though I’m glad to be back home since I struggled with food while traveling. I find it is hard to stay healthy when you have to eat out for a week although you try to make good choices such as salads and sushi. It is just not the same as I wouldn’t know all ingredients, seasoning, sauce, etc in there. Especially being gluten intolerant and sensitive to fatty foods, my stomach can go very wrong and take a long time to recover >.< I seriously need any kind of vegetables for a week! Craving for greens at the moment. Anyhow I’m all unpacked now and settling back in my home.

I braised a big beef brisket in wine and some spices for dinner about a week ago just before we went off to Sydney. I put the leftovers in the freezer so that I don’t have to think about what to cook or rush to make something when we come back. You just need to make some vegetables or salads to go with it. You can see here a succulent and huge piece of beef on his plate and slices of tofu on my plate further up, though we shared same salads. I love a combination of crunchy walnuts, sweet pears, bitter greens, salty blue cheese and sour balsamic reduction. It is by far one of my favorite salads. I used Gorgonzola cheese here, but any kind of blue cheese would work depending on how strong you want it to be. Ooh..makes me hungry:)

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