My week was filled with coughing, sniffling, laying on the couch, drinking apple juice (ironically it’s what I reach for instead of tea when I’m sick) and watching seasons of Charmed. Luckily though I managed to sneak in May’s beef bourguignon challenge right before I crashed because you will need energy for this dish. So many dirty dishes, so many steps; it definitely reaffirms why I don’t enjoy French cooking. I want to I really do, but every Daring Cooks Challenge I’ve done that is French based, leaves my kitchen looking like a war zone.
Our May 2012 Daring Cooks’ hostess was Fabi of fabsfood. Fabi challenged us to make Boeuf Bourguignon, a classic French stew originating from the Burgundy region of France.
Now I’m not saying the cassoulet (first French challenge) didn’t come out delicious with a hint of red wine, creamy lentils and that stick to your ribs heartiness that is welcomed on a cold frosty evening. But I nearly had my stomach sliced upon when Neala jumped up on to my messy counter sending my freshly sharpened chef knife spinning. It also looked like a dog’s breakfast … second time over.
So I shouldn’t have expect anything less, this one actually came out easier. It may have something to do with the fact Neala knows not to go into the kitchen when I’m cooking. Who am I kidding? Or that I have to have the stove fan going constantly while I cook or our touchy smoke alarm will through a tantrum. Despite two loads of dishes the meal came together beautiful and it was incredibly delicious, one where K couldn’t wait for it to be ready and ate a huge helping of (minus the onions).
Would I make this again? Yes, but I’m tempted to say you could easily make this all in one pot with very less steps and still get the moist wine results you want without all the dishes and steps. I’m leaving you with a link to a recipe on Julia Child’s (which is what the challenge requested), but I think I would love to come back to this and make it more of a one pot meal with a twist of my own.