In all fairness without the frequent precipitation we would loose our status as the ever green state (the firs are beautiful all year round), and though it may sound like a complaint I'm very thankful to not live in a constant state of paralysis due to warm humid air gluing me to the sofa. With the onslaught of nice weather I've made a point to try and get out ant enjoy it with some friends.
The nice weather started back in June, right in time for Amber's wedding. That was a fun Saturday, and a blessed time to see Him finally bring Dave and Amber's relationship full circle with them joining their lives in marriage. Besides our Faith Missions month, I've been calling it the social event of BBC calendar.
1 lb ground beef
salt and pepper
1 T Worcestershire sauce
2 cloved minced garlic
1 T olive oil
2 c sliced mushrooms
2 T butter
1 T sweet rice flour (heaped), I didn't have any rice flour so I used corn starch to thicken the sauce...it worked just as well
1 c stock, water, or wine
Finely dice half of one onion, set the other one and a half aside. Put the beef into a bowl, add the onion, salt and pepper, Worcestershire sauce (wooster-sheer), and garlic and mix with your hands. Heat the olive oil in a medium sized pan, form the beef into egg-shaped balls, and flatten a bit. Cook the beef on each side until well browned. While the beef is cooking, slice the onions. Remove meat to a plate and cover with foil, and cook the onions in the same pan over low heat, until softened and starting to caramelize. Push the onions to the side and add the mushrooms and cook until they're lightly browned. Scoop the mushrooms and onions into a bowl, and add the butter to the pan. When it's melted, stir in the sweet rice flour, let it cook for a minute, then whisk in the stock and let cook for a few minutes, whisking occasionally, until thickened. Stir in the mushrooms and onions, then nestle the beef into the gravy and let the meat heat through. Serve with rice, noodles, or maybe even on a sandwich (woah!).
Washington weekends have been really great lately. I love the summer!