20 Jun2012

Bone marrow. I only indulge once or twice a year, promise. My cardiologist might be reading the blog. :) I made some osso buco with beef shanks (no veal) the other day, and while most of the bone marrow tends to melt away with the slow cooking (3 hours to soften the beef), there was a shank or two where the marrow was only exposed on one side, and the top stayed above the braising liquid, so the bone marrow was intact and fabulous.

Topped with freshly grated lemon rind, chopped italian parsley and some flakes of maldon sea salt… the well cooked marrow was a little dry and well cooked on top, but gelatinous and wiggly inside. The perfect time to pull out the one silver marrow spoon we have in the house and use it for the single purpose of extracting the fabulous marrow from the bone.

Absolutely delicious.



  1. rosedmd says:

    oh, heavens!!! can i get recipe for this…. i want this!!

    Jun 20, 2012 | 9:09 pm

  2. wendy darling says:

    I won’t tell your cardiologist if you won’t tell my yoga teacher :D
    (and I’m bookmarking today’s entry as something to look up every time I’m having a not-so-great day and craving comfort food)

    Jun 20, 2012 | 9:14 pm

  3. flip4ever says:

    Not to go on a health and nutrition tangent but groups like the Weston A Price foundation in fact encourage people to go back to traditional diets; and that includes the marrow in bones.

    Jun 20, 2012 | 9:46 pm

  4. Migs says:

    Heaven indeed!

    Jun 20, 2012 | 10:29 pm

  5. amy says:

    My absolute favorite! I tried but I still can’t cook a decent version of this dish at home. But the buffet at The Orleans makes a delicious osso buco with fall-of-the bone succulent meat. And while people scoop up the meat and leave the bones, I do the opposite. I pile up those bones on my plate, grab a crusty Italian roll, smear the buttery marrow on pieces of bread and I am in (cholesterol) heaven :)

    Jun 21, 2012 | 12:43 am

  6. Connie C says:

    Oh NO, MM, and I have been desperately trying to take my eyes off those beef shanks from the meat shelf! My SIL likes to slow simmer it with pork spare ribs and fennel and I might just do that one day, soon.

    Jun 21, 2012 | 1:45 am

  7. josephine says:

    I could live on bone marrow, and having a tendency to be anemic and have low blood pressure, I have an excuse! Tip: buy some extra marrow bones and just add them to your osso buco for the last half hour or so, plenty of marrow guaranteed. But of course you won’t be doing that again till next year….

    Jun 21, 2012 | 4:29 am

  8. kristin says:

    awww..my favorite! with my uncontrollable blood pressure,this is a no.no. food, but i still do get carried away at times when there is a melt in the mouth osso bucco menu..

    Jun 21, 2012 | 5:21 am

  9. PITS, MANILA says:

    ooooh … bone marrow! be it beef or pork or chicken, so delicious! some would spread it on crusty bread like butter, but i love it with rice. we use dessert spoons for this, very slim and elongated ones. “once or twice a year, promise” na rin ako … :)

    Jun 21, 2012 | 8:02 am

  10. millet says:

    oh, everybody needs bone marrow lest the lechon and chicharon get too lonely from being alone in our tummies .

    Jun 21, 2012 | 8:18 am

  11. ami says:

    I just watched an episode of No Reservation where Anthony, Eric Ripert and Scott Bryan tucked themselves into some roasted bone marrow at a NYC restaurant. They didn’t have your crafty marrow spoon though so I imagine it must have been hard for them getting all those marrow goodness.

    Jun 21, 2012 | 9:31 am

  12. Anne :-) says:

    This is so YUMMY! :-)

    Jun 21, 2012 | 11:37 am

  13. jheng says:

    just when i thought my lunch was satisfying enough… now i miss pepato.

    Jun 21, 2012 | 1:29 pm

  14. meekerz says:

    Wonderful photos! Very fitting of the post title. The little shimmery dots/reflections look like halo/ light from heaven effect.

    Jun 21, 2012 | 1:44 pm

  15. Lalaine says:

    Please MM, really promise us it’s just once or twice a year ha. We want to read your blogs for a very long time pa…

    Jun 21, 2012 | 2:33 pm

  16. j-gurl says:

    oh my Gosh MM, Stairways to heaven hehehe

    Jun 21, 2012 | 4:37 pm

  17. BarefootJay says:

    This food is delicious to the bones! But one spoonful will slow down your 10k speed!!!!Hinay hinay lang MM, keep on cooking and serving great dishes!

    Jun 21, 2012 | 5:17 pm

  18. jinggay pido-ditan says:


    Jun 21, 2012 | 5:28 pm

  19. Gezel says:

    Reminds me of eating Kansi in Bacolod, we don’t get beef shanks here for some reason only lamb…

    Jun 21, 2012 | 9:37 pm

  20. MP says:

    I wonder why my Mom calls the marrow “utak”….

    Great minds think alike: bone marrow = heaven!

    Jun 21, 2012 | 9:42 pm

  21. happywapper says:

    Can’t get any better than that!

    Jun 21, 2012 | 10:16 pm

  22. joey says:

    Ohhh! I need me a special spoon like that…since I indulge more than twice a year, heehee :)

    Jun 21, 2012 | 10:20 pm

  23. fey says:

    omg! i just drooled on my keyboard. i need to make this again (if only the temperature would go down a bit).

    Jun 22, 2012 | 3:23 am

  24. Manny says:

    When we were younger, we avoided it because we siblings thought it was just fat. But as one gets older, we start looking for food which we are suppose to avoid. Bone Marrow now is a prized dish only for those who are quick to the table get to taste.

    Jun 22, 2012 | 10:42 am

  25. Papa Ethan says:

    Somehow the poet’s line “sucking the marrow of life” wouldn’t sound good if translated into Tagalog. =)

    Jun 22, 2012 | 5:36 pm

  26. Blaise says:


    Jun 24, 2012 | 7:40 pm

  27. Mila says:

    Haven’t had bone marrow in two years, so I’m due for a large serving soon. Would it be the cardiologist or whichever specialist is in charge of gout that might advise caution?

    Jun 25, 2012 | 7:10 pm

  28. JMom says:

    Geesh you just made me drool again! Now off to find some beef shanks :)

    Jun 28, 2012 | 11:18 pm


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