Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Peel and cut potatoes and carrots. Store in sink in water till needed.
Peel and cut garlic into halves or thirds lengthwise. Peel and cut onion into large slices. Peel and quarter one pear (removing core and peel) for a surprising treat in the roasted veggies.
Using a paring knife, make a deep, knive’s width slit in the rib and then put a garlic slice deep inside.
Using your hands, slather seasoning (we used vegeta, salt and pepper) all over the prime rib roast. Leave the string on.
Heat frying pan (no oil needed) to high heat. Sear the roast on each side in order to seal it (this prevents the juices from running out).
Put the vegetables and pear in a large roasting pan and cover carefully with oil.
Place the roast in the centre of the veggies. Insert a meat thermometer into the roast so that you can determine when it’s done. Place your roasting pan in the oven.
Over the course of the roasting process, turn the potatoes a few times so that they don’t burn on the bottom of the pan. Keep an eye on the temperature of the roast. If it’s close to being ready, and the potatoes are not yet ready, you can remove the roast, wrap it in foil and keep it in a warm spot (on the stove most likely) until the potatoes are ready to come out.
With respect to the foil…
This past July, when we were packing up my dad’s home in Vernon for his move back to Ontario, I asked if he wanted to keep the GIANT roll of foil he had. Of course he did! In fact, this foil made the trip back to Ontario in the trunk of the car with us (couldn’t trust it with the moving company). This is heirloom foil. Purchased by my dad in September 2006 (over 4 years ago) and still going strong! In fact, we joked that it’s probably the best investment my dad ever made! Ivan arrives with the ever ready antique foil (we must house it in the basement because it’s simply too large for the cupboards in our 100 year old home):
Note: We covered the Making gravy: Mix cold water and flour together in a liquid measure. Put potatoes and roast on serving trays. Put the front burner on high with the roasting pan on it. Pour the cold water mix into the roasting pan. Stir until it thickens as a result of the heat.
Serve and savour.
Here we are about to toast to the Prince of Wales!