Roasted Bone Marrow with Parsley Salad.

Friday 15th April 2011

I made this on Sunday as an afternoon snack. To be honest I made this for myself, but my selfishness came from a good place.

I have very fond memories of eating toast & dripping at my nan’s house on a Sunday afternoon after she and my grandad had had their traditional Sunday roast. I used to sit on a red & white leather pouffe and balance my plate on my lap. It was quite a squash with all 7 of us in my nan’s tiny front room but the hot toast & dripping made up for the lack of space.

It’s basically the fat that comes out of a meat roast that once cooled can be spread on bread or in my case, toast. It’s like a salty, meat-tasting butter. The roasted marrow from the bones is very similar.

Offal cooking is very popular in Spain. (Excuse the pun.) And as a result I’ve become something of an offal aficionado.

I first time I ate this dish was at an offal restaurant in London, England a few years ago. They specialise in nose to tail cooking. Once roasted the marrow becomes soft and gelatinous and easy to spread. The sharp, acidic tasting parsley, onion & caper salad contrasts well with the salty marrow.

My idea was to give my son, Zephy, the same Sunday evening experience I had at my nan’s house 30-something years ago.

I loaded up a slice to toast with warm marrow & salad and handed it over to Zeph. He silently checked out what I had given him and once he had deemed it visually good enough to eat, he took a bite.

“That…Is…Gross! I don’t like it.” He exclaimed, handing back the offending piece of toast.

Well, at least he tried it and we were all sitting in my front room with his grandma on a Sunday afternoon.



About whatdidyouhavefordinnerlastnight

I started this blog to record the meals I make for my son. One of the many great memories I have of my childhood is the food I ate. The smell of boiling cauliflower on a Sunday morning that steamed up the windows, Lamb sandwiches for tea in front of the tele, cubes of raw jelly at nan’s house and of course mum’s homemade pizza (made with a short crust base) I hope my food creates good memories for my son but if nothing else this blog might jog his memory when he’s older! Enjoy.
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4 Responses to Roasted Bone Marrow with Parsley Salad.

  1. roger edwards says:

    if ys didn’t like it i’ll have it

  2. Stef says:

    Oh, poor guy! (Both you and him.) But, at least you both tried. 🙂

  3. Gourmet Dad says:

    Bone marrow is so good. I love that you gave it to your son to try. Never hurts to push the limits of young children’s food landscape.

    I made bone marrow and riccotta cheese ravioli, and that was an easier sell to the family.

    Nice job!

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