Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Shopping, Closures,

Well, that was quite an experience. I didn't get some of the things I ordered and the replacements I was offered weren't really what I wanted. I did get a packet of toilet rolls though! Absolutely no chicken thighs and no rice. Both of those items were delivered to me, along with Matt's cereal, by ladydog. She had extra chicken breasts and buys rice by the ton as far as I can tell. She came all the way from her home to take me to the store to pick up my groceries which cost her gas but saved me delivery charges. I had phoned the VSM and they didn't have chicken breasts either but I ordered some brisket from them as I want to try an Instant Pot recipe I have. When we got there, there was a young lady outside with a table full of sanitizer and gloves. We were asked to wear them in the store. Excellent idea. It was incredible, the meat department was almost empty but having ordered the brisket I was OK, also the sirloin steak had just arrived so I bought some of that and I saw they had about 8 Italian sausages left so I bought those too. No other sausages left in the place and not much of anything else.

I can't believe that today was St/ Patrick's Day and because of this damned virus, all the pubs in Ireland were closed. Most other places too I gather. I can't imagine Ireland with closed pubs. I hope everyone was well stocked up at home. The PM of Ontario made an announcement which ladydog and I heard around lunchtime, no meetings of more than 50 people (still too many in my opinion) all the public meeting places to be closed, even churches, theatres and cinemas. Basically the only things open are grocery stores and gas stations. Not only that, gas is down to 96 cents and I thought I was doing well the other day when I got it for $1.02. Of course I now have plenty of gas and nowhere to go. I have been forbidden to go anywhere by ladydog who is turning into a bossy young lady. I said how come she could go out and about, the answer was because she was younger, by about 10 years if you please.

I have mentioned ladydog lives quite a distance away from me and shops at a grocery store a long way from here. I couldn't get Becel which is (or was) a totally Canadian margarine and quite a healthy product. I phoned them and they have tons of the stuff. Their dairy manager ordered extra he said. He couldn't believe I was making enquiries until I told him where my friend lived. I have spent a lot on shopping this week, especially having gone to VSM. Mind you, we won't starve for a long time.

I got this in my email today and thought it sounded good. I have the brisket and I think everything else. One thing I am surprised about is the chicken stock, surely a good beef stock would be better.

Instant Pot Brisket

Super easy to cook Buttery Tender Juicy BBQ Instant Pot Brisket! You'll love this Irresistibly
Delicious Beef Brisket with smoky-spicy homemade bbq sauce.

1.5 - 2 pounds (766g) beef brisket (2 inches thick)
3 – 5 drops liquid smoke

Dry Rub:
2 Tbs (26g) brown sugar
2 tsp (5g) chili powder
2 tsp (4g) black pepper
1 tsp (2.4g) onion powder
1 tsp (2.8g) garlic powder
1 tsp (3g) cinnamon powder
1 tsp (6g) coarse kosher salt
½ tsp (1g) cumin seed, ground
½ tsp (1g) fennel seed, ground
¼ tsp (0.5g) cayenne pepper

BBQ Sauce:
1 (205g) medium onion, sliced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup (250ml) ketchup
½ cup (125ml) unsalted chicken stock or water
1 Tbs (15ml) maple syrup
1 Tbs (15ml) honey
2 Tbs (30ml) apple cider vinegar
2 Tbs (30ml) Dijon mustard
1 Tbs (13g) brown sugar

1. Dry Rub Brisket: In a glass mixing bowl, mix dry rub ingredients together. Rub the dry rub mixture on the brisket, then let it marinate for at least 2 hours (preferably overnight, so the salt can penetrate into the meat).

2. Pressure Cook Beef Brisket: Add sliced onion, minced garlic, 1 tbsp (15ml) maple syrup, 1 tbsp (15ml) honey, 2 tbsp (30ml) apple cider vinegar, 3 - 5 drops liquid smoke, and ½ cup (125ml) unsalted chicken stock to Instant Pot. Mix well. Add marinated brisket in Instant Pot. Pressure Cook at High Pressure for 75 minute and Natural Release for 15 minutes. Remove the lid carefully.

3. Thicken Homemade BBQ Sauce: Carefully place cooked brisket on a chopping board and let it rest. If desired, use a fat separator to remove the oil from the BBQ sauce. Bring the BBQ sauce back to a simmer by pressing the "Cancel" button, then "Saute" button. Mix in 1 cup (250ml) ketchup, 2 tbsp (30g) Dijon mustard, and 1 tbsp (13g) brown sugar in Instant Pot. Let the BBQ sauce thicken by simmering for 8 - 15 minutes. Stir occasionally. Taste and adjust the seasoning with more salt if necessary.

4. Serve Instant Pot Brisket with Yummy BBQ Sauce: Generously brush the addictively yummy BBQ sauce all over the brisket. If desired, use a blowtorch or oven (broil) to slightly caramelize the BBQ sauce on the brisket. Slice your brisket against the grain to maximize tenderness. If you didn't marinate the brisket long enough, sprinkle some salt on the sliced briskets to season them better. Serve with the awesome BBQ sauce. Your delicious & beautiful BBQ Brisket is ready to serve! Enjoy~

Servings: 4

Author: Amy + Jacky

Have a great day


  1. I really cannot understand the wide us of chicken stock. Quite a number of otherwise vegetarian recipes call for it and I agree your brisket dish would be better suited with beef stock.
    Our Prime Minister has just gone live demanding that people stop stockpiling. I wonder whether he will get the response he expects...
    I am glad that ladydog is in your life (bossy or not).

    1. Well of course Sue, you can get/use vegetable stock too, and I must say I use chicken stock at lot anyway, but not with beef.

      He'll be lucky.

      So am I - extremely glad, she has been and of course still is, a wonderful friend.

  2. I went to the store with a list, but quickly found out it wasn't so much a trip to get what I wanted, but a trip to get what was available. I suppose we make do with what's available. Fortunately, I'd already picked up my eggs and milk earlier in the week.

    Ladydog is a Godsend. She is obviously the most awesome sort of lady! But you're right, she should start staying home too.

    1. A very true description Liz. Although the store near ladydog seems to have a lot of the stuff my store is short of.

      Great description of ladydog.

  3. Hi Jo - glad you're ok ... and Ladydog - definitely seems to have the right ideas - so follow instructions! Glad you got what you needed ... sadly we all need to curtail our lives and take care. All the best - cheers Hilary

    1. Thanks Hilary, glad you are too. You getting bossy now too LOL. I will stay at home as much as possible, for Matt as much as myself.

      All the best to you too.

  4. I went to pick up wine at the Liquor Store yesterday, Jo, and the shelves were half empty. Obviously everyone is stocking up on this most essential ingredient! We don't eat beef any more, and have seriously reduced red meat consumption of any kind, I buy my chicken at a great store called The Poultry Place outside the city and so far have not noticed any changes. There has beens lots of everything when I have been there.

    1. I believe it David. I phoned them the other day and was told it was like a zoo and they hadn't even time to re-stock the shelves. If you get short of gin, Matt has a huge bottle of the stuff.

      Never heard of The Poultry Place sounds a good place to shop. I will Google them.

  5. No Irish pubs open on St. Patrick's Day - might be a sign of the apocalypse.
    We're not that shut down yet but I see it coming.

    1. Certainly, it must have been a horrific St. Paddy's. Alex.

      Amazing, in your neck of the woods a single snow flake is enough to empty the stores, but something serious like this and nothing is closed. Be careful and of course, wash your hands regularly.

  6. Meat is picked over but we still have some. I'm hoping Harris Teeter still has chicken for Craig on Friday morning. I might get him 10 pieces if they do.

    1. I would get plenty for him Diane. Which store do you usually use? I used to use Food Lion a lot especially as some of the best stores in Morehead closed down. Do you go to Costco? I used to go to the one in New Bern.