A beef stew using red wine instead of ketchup. Looking at the recipe I'm not so sure the family will go for it! I did make Julia's Coq au Vin recipe once, a long while back. The kids didn't love it, the chicken turned an interesting shade of dark purplish pink from the red wine. So way back then their tastes were geared more towards frozen pizza and McDonald's, they didn't love it. They survived my cream sauce phase. The lame attempts at risotto. The overcooked casseroles. This one has meat and vegetables, they just might go for it. No ketchup, but hey, you can't have everything. I threw the onions in the pot ahead of time. Forgot the flour. I used beef stock for the onions, instead of chicken stock. I got flustered. but somehow it usually turns out edible.
After I got through the trauma of the stew, I attempted dessert! I love Julia, her shows and her personality were a lot of fun, but boy does she have a lot of instructions in her recipes. For someone who tends to get distracted, it was worth it, but it took me quite a few hours. Curdled the Creme Anglaise, I've made Bread Pudding before, I usually just mix the eggs with the milk or cream and pour, this I cooked and cooked and got impatient. yeah, well, then I turned up the heat. Looked away for only a moment. Curdled. A little. Not burned beyond recognition. but little bits of egg. I assume that's what strainers are for. Still tasted good. I was a little distracted. I forgot the VANILLA! Too late. It still tasted really good. There's no way I'd ever attempt cooking the rest of that book. I need a cocktail. and a cleaning woman. I had Creme Anglaise all over the floor. Cinnamon, sugar, it's there, too. My dogs were happy!
The flan is fantastic! There was no way I was waiting for after dinner after all that, so we had it for a mid afternoon snack during football. I served it with strawberries. Definitely worth the trouble and the mess, I'll be making this again. We're having the stew later. Just how do you pronounce Boeuf Bourguignon? I pronounced it Beef Stew to my family!
So here is my tribute, but for me, it was more like a challenge...
Beef Stew in Red WIne, with Bacon, Onion and Mushrooms
adapted from "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" by Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle and Simone Beck and also in Julia's Kitchen Wisdom
Source: Good Morning America recipes
One 6-ounce piece of bacon (I used sliced bacon)
3 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
3 pounds lean stewing beef, cut into 2-inch cubes (I used chuck)
1 carrot, sliced
1 onion, sliced
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons flour
3 cups red wine, young and full-bodied (like Beaujolais, Cotes du Rhone or Burgundy)
2 1/2 to 3 1/2 cups brown beef stock or canned beef broth
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 cloves mashed garlic
1/2 teaspoon thyme
A crumbled bay leaf
18 to 24 white onions, small
3 1/2 tablespoons butter
Herb bouquet (4 parsley sprigs, one-half bay leaf, one-quarter teaspoon thyme, tied in cheesecloth)
1 1/2 pound mushrooms, fresh and quartered
Cut bacon into lardons (sticks 1/4-inch thick and 1 1/2 inches long). Simmer for 10 minutes in 1 1/2 quarts water. Drain and dry.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Sauté lardons in 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a flameproof casserole over moderate heat for 2 to 3 minutes to brown lightly. Remove to a side dish with a slotted spoon.
Dry beef in paper towels; it will not brown if it is damp. Heat fat in casserole until almost smoking. Add beef, a few pieces at a time, and sauté until nicely browned on all sides. Add it to the lardons.
In the same fat, brown the sliced vegetables. Pour out the excess fat.
Return the beef and bacon to the casserole and toss with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
Then sprinkle on the flour and toss again to coat the beef lightly. Set casserole uncovered in middle position of preheated oven for 4 minutes.
Toss the meat again and return to oven for 4 minutes (this browns the flour and coves the meat with a light crust).
Remove casserole and turn oven down to 325 degrees.
Stir in wine and 2 to 3 cups stock, just enough so that the meat is barely covered.
Add the tomato paste, garlic, herbs and bacon rind. Bring to a simmer on top of the stove.
Cover casserole and set in lower third of oven. Regulate heat so that liquid simmers very slowly for 3 to 4 hours. The meat is done when a fork pierces it easily.
While the beef is cooking, prepare the onions and mushrooms.
Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons butter with one and one-half tablespoons of the oil until bubbling in a skillet.
Add onions and sauté over moderate heat for about 10 minutes, rolling them so they will brown as evenly as possible. Be careful not to break their skins. You cannot expect them to brown uniformly.
Add 1/2 cup of the stock, salt and pepper to taste and the herb bouquet.
Cover and simmer slowly for 40 to 50 minutes until the onions are perfectly tender but hold their shape, and the liquid has evaporated. Remove herb bouquet and set onions aside.
Wipe out skillet and heat remaining oil and butter over high heat. As soon as you see butter has begun to subside, indicating it is hot enough, add mushrooms.
Toss and shake pan for 4 to 5 minutes. As soon as they have begun to brown lightly, remove from heat.
When the meat is tender, pour the contents of the casserole into a sieve set over a saucepan.
Wash out the casserole and return the beef and lardons to it. Distribute the cooked onions and mushrooms on top.
Skim fat off sauce in saucepan. Simmer sauce for a minute or 2, skimming off additional fat as it rises. You should have about 2 1/2 cups of sauce thick enough to coat a spoon lightly.
If too thin, boil it down rapidly. If too thick, mix in a few tablespoons stock. Taste carefully for seasoning.
Pour sauce over meat and vegetables. Cover and simmer 2 to 3 minutes, basting the meat and vegetables with the sauce several times.
Serve in casserole, or arrange stew on a platter surrounded with potatoes, noodles or rice, and decorated with parsley.
Cinnamon Toast Flan (a Bread Pudding)
Source: Julia's Kitchen Wisdom by Julia Child
6 or 7 slices white sandwich bread, crusts left on
1/4 cup sugar mixed with 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
5 egg yolks
3/4 cup sugar
3 3/4 cups hot milk
1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract
Butter the bread slices on one side, using half the butter. Arrange them buttered side up on a broiling rack and sprinkle cinnamon sugar over each. Watching carefully, broil a few seconds, until sugar bubbles up. Cut each slice into 4 triangles. Smear the remaining butter inside the baking dish, and fill with the toast triangles, sugar side up.
Make a custard sauce or crème anglaise* with the eggs, yolks, sugar, milk and vanilla, and pour half through a sieve over the toast. Let soak 5 minutes, then sieve on the remaining custard.
Place the dish in a roasting pan and set in the lower-middle of a preheated 350°F. oven. Pour boiling water into the pan to come halfway up the baking dish. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, keeping the water bath at just below the simmer. It is done when a skewer plunged into the custard an inch from the side comes out clean.
Serve hot, at room temperature, or cold, accompanied with a fruit sauce or cut-up fresh fruits. (It will keep 2 days in the refrigerator.)
Whisk the eggs in a 2-quart stainless-steel saucepan, adding the sugar by spoonfuls. Continue whisking for 2 to 3 minutes, until the yolks are thick and pale yellow and "form the ribbon." By dribbles at first, stir in the hot milk. Set over medium heat, stirring slowly and continuously with a wooden spoon, reaching all over the bottom of the pan as the custard gradually heats and thickens, do not let it come near the boil. If it seems to be getting too hot, lift pan up, then continue as the sauce thickens. You are almost there when surface bubbles begin to disappear and you may see a whiff of steam arise.
Check out what my friends are making in honor of Julia Child...
Debbie @ Mountains Breath, Sage Butter Cakes
Susan @ Savoring Time in the Kitchen, Profiteroles with Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce
Marsha @ Marsha's Kitchen, Supremes de Volaille a Brun
Jayne @ A Grain of Salt, Herb Biscuits
Suzy @ Kitchen Bouquet, Soupe Aux Choux - Garbure
Barb @ Foley's Follies, Supremes de Volaille aux Champignons
Kathleen @ Cuisine Kathleen is probably out shopping for bargains and will join up later this evening! I'll fix the link when she posts!
and Cynthia, who may or may not be cooking along but she certainly is reading and eating along with us always :)
I'm also joining Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday because I enjoy seeing all the beautiful mosaics and creative posts people come up with, so stop by Mary's to get the links to all the fun mosaics this week.
You can make your own fun photo projects here and here!
Also wishing Barb a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY today!