These are recipes from the ever enthusiastic Rachel Allen's book Rachel's Favourite Food for Friends. She's not someone whose books I would use very often but when I do the recipes do seem to turn out well. Also my camera ran out of charge so I only have pics from after instead of before ones too but I'm sure you'll get the idea.
Beef Bourguinon is a classic French casserole and this is a relatively simplified version but gorgeous all the same. This ammount of ingredients here is for 6 people but you could easily half it and make less but this is the type of dish that will be nicer the next day and if I don't have to cook one evening during the week then I won't be complaining!!!!
So here's what you need
- 2tbsp olive oil
- 200g streaky bacon cut into cubes
- 18 baby onions/shallots
- 1.5kg/3 1/4lbs stewing beef cut into cubes
- 40/1 1/2oz flour
- 400ml/14 fl oz red wine
- 4 cloves finely chopped garlic
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 sprig thyme
- 2 stalks parsley
- small piece of orange zest
- 450ml/3/4 pint beef or chicken stock
- 18 small button mushrooms (which I didn't use as I don't like mushrooms so I added 2 parsnips cubed about 20 mins from the end of the cooking)
Stir again and add the bay leaf, thyme and parsley (I had this tied together in a bouquet garni as it's easier take them out later on). Add the bacon and onions and enough stock to come 3/4 up the sides of the pan. Bring to the boil and put the lid on and place in a preheated oven for 2 1/2 hours until almost tender. Add the mushrooms if you're using them and cook for another 30-40 mins or until the beef is tender. Remove the orange zest and serve with the Nutmeg Mash below.
So here's what you'll need for the mash
- 1 kg/2 1/4 lbs floury potatoes
- 50g/2 oz butter
- 200mk/7 fl oz boiling milk
- 1/2 grated/ground nutmeg
- salt and pepper
I wasn't mad about the mash to be honest, the barely there nutmeg flavour just didn't do it for me but my mam and husband were here and they loved it. So I think next time I'd do it with Garlic Potatoes as suggested in the book.