07 September 2009

Making Beouf Bourguignon with Julia Child

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French cooking is complicated and time consuming. No shortcuts allowed here!

Bob peeled pearl onions while I cleaned and quartered a pound of button mushrooms. Bob browned the onions and I made a bouquet garni using fresh herbs from our garden. We continued to brown onions and then to sautee mushrooms for nearly an hour.




In between times we snacked on this little lunch I made to tide us over til dinner!



Bob cut the carrots into sticks while I derinded the bacon and cut it into small pieces. I put the water on to boil and to parboil the bacon slices. Bob prepared the chunks of meat to brown on our dutch oven, which we love dearly. It is a red Le Creuset. We learned by using this pot that good tools produce good results.



My mom called and so Bob continued on... mashing garlic, trimming the meat, preparing the bacon, and prepping for the actual cooking of the stew. In the meanwhile, I have been taking shots of Robitussin, as I have developed a mean little cough.

The meat is browning in the dutch oven and Bob is ready to move onto the vegetables. He is adding his carrots and onions to the pot. The kitchen is a tad smoky as the bacon fat is very hot. Our kitchen is not used to bacon fat.

Bob has added the wine, the stock and the veggies to the pot and in the oven it is. Now, we wait for 2 1/2 hours for the goodness!



Bob sat down to watch the Cardinal game and promptly fell asleep! I think I will go in and clean the kitchen while he naps! I think I will set the table, too!



16 comments :

  1. Looks so yummy, Terri! We had our leftovers, yesterday evening. Still tasty!

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  2. Bon Appetit, ya'll. Looks scumptious. I adore my le creuset pan, too. Mine is lemongrass.

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  3. Wow that is a lot of work for dinner!!! I will just live vicariously through you!!! lolol

    About the Le Creuset. I am wanting one so bad but I have a flat top electric stove. it looks like you do, too. I don't know why but I was thinking because it is enamel-encased cast iron I didn't think it could be used on a stove such as mine. But I guess it is OK? I really really want one!!!

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  4. Hi Terri!

    Love your header!

    Your lunch looks more my speed! I don't really like cooking! So many people are trying recipes for Julia's cookbook since the movie came out. Your meal looks delicious!

    Manuela

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  5. Hi Terri, I am sorry about the cough you have developed. I know I am bothered by allergies this time of year. It sure looks like you and Bob had your work cut out for you but I know the end result was so worth it! I bet your home smells wonderful. Hope you are able to rest well tonight. Take care.

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  6. Oh be still my heart. You had me at the pearl onions and mushrooms. Goodness, I'm hungry. This has to be one of my favs you've fixed so far. And at first I thought that poached egg looked yummy, forgettaboutit, I'm all about onions and mushrooms and whatever protein goes with them...Big Hug to YOU!!

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  7. I bet your kitchen smelled yummy. Was it as good as it looked and sounded when you saw the movie? You're so lucky Bob likes to cook.

    I'm sorry you're feeling bad. Take care sweet friend.

    Hugs!
    Kat

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  8. Hi Terri,
    That looks fabulous~ I bet it was delicious! We loved that movie and hubby said I should order her cookbook but I don't think I could live up to it. Bon Appetit to you, Cindy

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  9. Terri, looks liked it was alot of fun to make but since I don't think I would want all that work I will stick with your little lunch spread now that is what I call a fun meal,lol.

    Hope your cough is getting better. My little grandson has it and had to be rushed to the ER cause it was so bad and learned there that he had pneumonia(sp?). But kids bounce quick and he will. You take care and I am still keeping you in prayer my friend.

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  10. Sorry to hear about the bad cough :(

    The meal looks FABULOUS! You had me at the snack that you fixed to tide you over!!

    Great job to you and Bob!

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  11. Looks wonderful, Terri. Boy, that is a lot of work. Worth it, though, huh?

    Barb :-)

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  12. YUM!! That dish looked so "delish" (as Rachel would say!). Your table was pretty, too!

    Go Tigers!!! That was a fun game to watch!!!

    Dana

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  13. Thinking about you sweet friend and hope you're feeling better.

    Hugs!
    Kat

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  14. By the way, LOVE your front fall door!

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  15. Oh my...not only does it look yummy but it looks pretty too! : ) I KNOW it smelled wonderful.
    I LOVED the movie. So muc so I saw it a second time and I would go again if someone needed a movie partner! *grin*
    I don't think I have the talent to try too many of the recipes but I want to...maybe...
    Love,
    Sue

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  16. Love food looks delicious and the wine divine!!!

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