If you want to be happy, be. Leo Tolstoy plus a recipe for Surre Moche…

The theme of my blogging this week has been happiness and I am sure that we all define happiness in so many different ways.

Children get wet when it rains, they don’t just walk in the rain, they run, jump, find the biggest puddles and have fun and are happy…the cost ? nought, nil, zero.

Maybe if we are not happy as adults we should find a puddle and jump. Splash in it and be happy. Who will do that? Can the puddle be likened to an opportunity? I think it can. What about you?

Does money bring happiness? Well stops the worry about bills etc but if I had lots of money and no family or friends would I be happy…..NO.

The upshot of all this is we make our own happiness whether it’s through writing ,cooking, walking, running, reading, playing games, making things with wood or wool, praying to god.  The list is endless but the rewards can be enormous in the respect of our satisfaction which in turn brings happiness.

What makes you happy?

Me… I’m a simple soul..I love my family, cooking, writing, reading, soon it will be Aqua Zumba because I really need to exercise and I don’t like jumping about like a maniac and getting all sweaty it’s hot enough here already so this Aqua Zumba sounds just the thing for me.Will I be posting pics..mmmm I think not!

But I suppose what I am trying to say to all of you who think, I have no friends or I am in a new place, just moved here…I won’t tell you it happens overnight like magic, I won’t tell you that you don’t have to do anything…but think and do what you like to do and the friends will follow and they will.

I have made many here which means lots of lovely recipes from around the world and authentic..yehhhh so I am a happy bunny!

Today’s recipe is ” Suure Mocke” courtesy of my Swiss friend Marianne. It was her father’s favourite dish which her mother used to cook for him on a Sunday.

So here it is it’s in two parts so today I have marinated the meat and on Tuesday I will cook it.

Tip: 1dl equals 100ml.

Sauerbraten ( Suure Moche) is popular in many regions of Switzerland, but the taste is always
unique because it is marinated in the local wine. Those that do not have their own wine add
vinegar to the marinade and bind the sauce with sour cream.
  • 1kg (2,2 lbs) beef chuck, eg. shoulder,
  • 1/2 celery root,
  • 1 leek,
  • 2 carrots,
  • 1 garlic clove,
  • 1 clove,
  • 6 juniper berries,
  • 4 cardamom seeds,
  • 4 coriander seeds,
  • 12 peppercorns,
  • thyme 1,
  • Litre (1 gt) wine,
  • 2dl (3/4 C) liquid instant gravy,
  • 3 Tbs butter,
  • 1 Tbs flour,
  • salt, pepper,
  • 2 Tbs sour cream,
  • 1 piece dark bread (end piece)
Dice half of the vegetables and cut half of the herbs into fine strips. Bring to boil in 7 dl (2 3/4 C)wine.
Place the meat in a deep bowl and pour over the hot marinade. Let it stand in a cool place for 5 days.
Be sure that the meat is always completely covered with wine.
After the 5 days have passed, remove the meat and pour out the marinade. Dab the meat dry with
paper towelling. Sauté on all sides in 2 Tbs butter. Add the remaining chopped vegetables, herbs and
bread. Let steam briefly, then pour in 3 dl (1 1/4 C) wine and simmer slowly for 2 hours. Add the
dissolved instant gravy and reduce slightly. Knead the flour with the rest of the butter and stir into
the sauce.
Season with salt and pepper and enhance with sour cream. Simmer over low heat for 15 minutes.
Serve with mashed potatoes.
Wow looks like more rain is coming so best get the washing in.
Enjoy the rest of your day and until my next blog stay safe, be happy xxxxx

1 thought on “If you want to be happy, be. Leo Tolstoy plus a recipe for Surre Moche…

  1. blondieaka Post author

    Wow that’s scary for me as I really don’t know where mine comes from I never wore ” blue.”


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