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Dear GOD this is delicious!

Tonight after work, with the cold and the bike-riding and my little incident earlier, I was in the mood for some comfort food.

So I made a beef Burgundy (well, more of a beef Bordeaux) from a recipe by one of those wonderful curvaceous women TV chefs--Nigella Lawson or the Barefoot Contessa or somebody, who clearly stole it from Julia Child: all cubes of beef and wine and bacon and mushrooms and carrots and onions and pepper and garlic, slow-cooked in a heavy pot in the oven. It just came out, and I am enjoying a bowlful of it now.

There's a loaf of ciabatta bread and some butter, and gosh, I wish I could share it with all of you--I've got a nice salad too, so the vegetarians could join us!

Thank you for my star cookies, sparky77, llaras, lambourngb and buffyaddict13. You've helped make the winter holiday season so bright!

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executrix
Dec. 9th, 2009 06:04 am (UTC)
It sounds wonderful! But Julia Child got it from a million bonnes femmes, so I think the curvaceous chef can have a clear conscience.
emeraldsedai
Dec. 9th, 2009 07:03 am (UTC)
Oh yes--it's a traditional recipe, for sure--but I was struck by how exactly the one I have saved to my phone (for easy grocery shopping) matches the one from Child's book.

It's an excellent example of how GREAT simple provincial cooking can be.
str8ontilmornin
Dec. 9th, 2009 07:24 am (UTC)
Delightful winter meal! Always had a crush on Nigella.
emeraldsedai
Dec. 9th, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah, she's something, isn't she?

I was going to bring some of the stew to work with me, but I figured it would freeze solid on the way.
elistaire
Dec. 9th, 2009 11:21 pm (UTC)
That recipe sounds fantastic. I wish I had some. *mmmmm*
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emeraldsedai
Dec. 10th, 2009 05:35 am (UTC)
Oh, absolutely! Here's one of several that are more or less exactly what I made:

http://www.easy-french-food.com/beef-bourguignon-recipe.html

It's yummy!
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emeraldsedai
Dec. 10th, 2009 11:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, any cabernet or pinot noir would work. If you have a Trader Joe's near you, they've got fantastic selections of cheap reds. I can't see bunging much more than five or six dollars' worth of wine into a stew pot.

Did that recipe I linked you to include the cognac? If so, you can safely disregard it. I did. But you definitely need the wine. Let me know if you try it!
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emeraldsedai
Dec. 11th, 2009 12:08 am (UTC)
I leave out the pearl onions, myself, but I love mushrooms. You could go the other way around! Or add more carrots.

It would make a fantastic Christmas dinner! I was thinking of taking a pot of it to my work Christmas party, but then I was all "pearls before swine" and also I hate microwaving good food.

Also: I extended my batch last night by throwing in a little more wine, stock, and beurre manie, then potatoes cut in cubes. Who knows? I could add some more meat tomorrow and keep it going for days and days.
vampirefan
Dec. 10th, 2009 05:31 am (UTC)
omg yummy!!!
emeraldsedai
Dec. 10th, 2009 07:34 am (UTC)
It was pretty darn good! And leftovers--even better.
owzers
Dec. 10th, 2009 08:45 pm (UTC)
STOP TORTURING ME WITH FOOD PORN!!!!! *wacks transporter* Dammit Scotty! Why haven't you beamed me over there yet!!!
emeraldsedai
Dec. 10th, 2009 09:11 pm (UTC)
llaras
Dec. 11th, 2009 07:03 am (UTC)
:-D
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