Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Bonus Bones

My mother had sterling silver marrow spoons that she inherited from her grandmother who clearly had more money than she knew what to do with. It was this kind of snooty thing that Mom cherished and we kids always greeted with snickers of embarrassment, hoping our friends would never find out that we actually dressed for dinner each evening and sat down to her shining mahogany table set with real silver and fine china. It seemed elitist to us and downright un-American. Aw, Mo-o-o-o-m!

Mom said that marrow bones were delicious but, lioness though she was, she never mustered the courage to try feeding them to her brood. Her marrow spoons saw the light of day only for polishing; she knew her audience and didn't relish the grimaces she knew we were capable of.

After being roasted then simmered in broth for hours, you wouldn't think there would be much left of the bones I used to make that delicious onion soup, but there was a little marrow still clinging to the insides, so we decided to try it. I reheated the bones while the herb toasts browned and we scooped out the marrow to spread on the toasts. We may have been slightly hesitant to take that first bite but the rich, beefy scent convinced us.

As usual, Mom was right. Not only was it delicious and knives sufficed, but sterling silver marrow spoons would have made the extraction an elegant exercise.

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Blogger dancingmorganmouse said...

Mr Brown loves marrow, me, not so much. However, when I was wee I used to love cleaning the silver!

Tuesday, May 04, 2010  
Blogger cookiecrumb said...

Mouse, just think of marrow as "beef oysters."

Zoomie -- jealous!

Tuesday, May 04, 2010  
Blogger namastenancy said...

I love marrow and haven't had it for ages. I don't have a butcher that has the "good" bones. But I remember when I lived in London eating marrow and toast on a cold raw day was the best thing!

Tuesday, May 04, 2010  
Blogger Louis la Vache said...

«Louis» hasn't had marrow since he lived in France.

(shhhh!!! Don't tell anyone he's been known to eat boeuf!)

Tuesday, May 04, 2010  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Morgan, I've never loved cleaning silver but I do like it when it shines.

Cookiecrumb, get some from your butcher!

Nancy, we sort of used toasts, too. Next time, I might just roast the bones, skip the soup, and dive in!

Louis, my lips are sealed.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010  
Blogger cookiecrumb said...

Marin Sun Farms sells marrow bones every so often at the farmers market. Stellar.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Cookiecrumb, oooh, not just for doggies any more!

Wednesday, May 05, 2010  
Blogger Kitt said...

Funny. I would buy these for Sophie in 50-pound lots. I probably should have saved some for me.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Kitt, yes, put aside a few for yourself!

Friday, May 07, 2010  

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