Cooking this New York Strip Roast on the rotisserie creates an amazing crust on the outside. Place a pan of root vegetables underneath the roast as it cooks and all those delicious drippings flavor your vegetables and gives you an amazing dinner without much hands on work.
Friday, August 5, 2022
Beef Roast on a Spit and the Weekly Menu #LitHappens
I was inspired to make this Beef Roast on a Spit after reading the Kitchen House, our Lit Happens selection for August.
Lit Happens is a group of avid readers who gather together each month to read a selection chosen by one of the members who then leads us on an online discussion of the book. This month our host is Amy of Amy's Cooking Adventures. She invited us to read The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom.
This historical fiction is not a feel good, happy read. It is a heart wrenching, tear jerking and soul searching I hated it and I loved it. I won't say it was an enjoyable read but it WAS a good read and a good journey into what life was like for the slaves in the late 1700's and early 1800's.
It held my interest and when I had to put it down because I needed a break from the hatred and cruelty, it never stayed down for long. You came to know and love the characters....well most of the characters. Some of them you came to hate even when you understood why and how they believed and behaved as they did.
The story follows the lives of Lavinia and Belle. Lavinia is orphaned on her way over from Ireland and ends up as an indentured servant, placed in the care of Belle, a slave and the daughter of the plantation to which she is taken.
Belle, because of her birthright, is not a field slave but a house slave, working and living in the Kitchen House where she prepares meals for the owners. When Lavinia first arrives, half starved and scared to death, one of the first meals she sees being prepared is a beef roast on a spit dripping juices all over a pan of potatoes set underneath.
This description inspired me to pull out a roast from my freezer and create this dinner one evening. Even with guests, I still had plenty of beef left for French Dip Sandwiches for lunch the following day and Hot Beef Sandwiches with Mashed Potatoes for dinner a few days later.
I got my copy of this book through my local library and am also sharing this review over at Foodies Read.
You are welcome to find this book, read it and join us for discussion this month. There is no requirement to be a blogger nor to make a recipe. It is just something that I am inspired to do each time I read a book or watch a movie. I'm weird like that. You can learn more over at our FaceBook page.
When feeding the Big House it was important for Belle to have a meal plan. I feed a small house and meal planning is important for me as well. Having a menu planned for the week makes my life much easier. This week is pretty quiet for us. We may be having our neighbors over on Sunday to celebrate a birthday. Other than that nothing is planned.....other than my Weekly menu, that is.
Corn on the Cob
Thai Basil Chicken
Sweet Potato Pie
Corn on the Cob
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