Boeuf Bourguignon et Pommes De Terre Sautees
"The best way to execute French cooking is to get good and loaded and whack the (bleep) out of a chicken. Bon appétit. "
I always knew I liked that woman. Julia has especially been on my mind today, since I am starting the I KNOW HOW TO COOK endeavor! This is a fabulous (I may be using other expletives further along in my "endeavor") cookbook that has been a staple in French households for generations. I'll be preparing at least one recipe from the book, once a week, and sharing the experience with you.
There must be at least 1,000 recipes in this book, so where does one begin? I set a few requirements for the first recipe, so that I will not get discouraged and scrap the project altogether (a.k.a dump it down the garbage disposal, polish off the bottle of wine used for the recipe, and order the $10 pizza hut special):
1. I must recognize all of the ingredients listed in the recipe. (you would think this is not difficult, but those French are pretty adventurous)
2. The ingredients must easily be found at a local grocery store.
3. The dish must be prepared in under 4 hours.
Feeling even more inspiration from Julia, and the Julie/Julia project, I decide on:
I read through the recipe, the ingredients, and I'm ready to get cooking!! The thing that worries me about this recipe is that it is very vague. I am so use to having my hand held by these celebrity chef recipes every step of the way. Then I realize, that's what this is all about.
Knowing how to cook isn't just about following a recipe, it's about interpreting it, and challenging yourself. I have never made Beef Bourguignon before.
It took great restraint for me not to go onto a favorite recipe website, and review 15 different ways to make it to ensure I was properly preparing it. This challenge is
about the purity of French cooking, and following what three generations in France believe to be the best.
Onion/Shallot/Bacon cooking until golden brown
Just added beef and flour, ready for stock, wine, and herbsBecuase I avoided looking at other Beef Bourguignon recipes, I really have no idea what this is suppose to be served with. Bread? Pasta? Potatoes? Does it matter?
Potatoes turned out awesome!
I am proud to say that the first challenge is a complete success, and I am looking forward to the next!!
Finished Beef Bourguignon
"Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory."-- George S. Patton