Boeuf Bourguignon with Mashed Potatoes

Boeuf Bourguignon is a traditional French recipe that originates from the Burgundy region. It is quite time consuming as the meat needs to prepared the day before, but we promise that it is all worth it 🙂

Normally we would make this dish in the late autumn or winter, as it is perfect for cold and dark evenings with a candle or two on the table (how romantic). But unfortunately we are having a very cold spring this year (we are still having freezing weather :-(), and decided to get warm and cozy while eating this fabulous dish. Actually we also made it to celebrate, that  I (Ann) have got my first scientific article accepted in an international journal – hooray for that 😀

Well, we hope that you will take time to make this fabulous dish, as it deserves to be made – and because you deserve to taste a great traditional French dish.

Ingredients (6 servings)

3 pounds stewing beef

20 slices bacon

1 bottle red wine

2 cups beef stock

1/5 cup cognac

5 large carrots, peeled

1/2 celeriac, peeled

6 banana shallots

2-3 tbsp. flour

1 bundle thyme

1 bundle parsley

4 bay leaves

1 leek top

30-40 mushrooms

Salt

Pepper

3-4 pounds potatoes

2 tbsp. butter

1/2 cup milk

Salt

Pepper

Clean the meat from fat and cut it into 2 x 2 inch cubes and marinate it in the red wine over night. When marinated, separate the the meat from the wine, but don’t throw out the wine. Dry the meat with some paper towel.

Cut shallots, carrots and celeriac into equally sized pieces. Clean the leek top carefully and tie it together with the parsley, thyme and bay leaves. The herbs are tied together, so they are easy to remove before serving.

Cut the bacon slices into pieces and fry it in a large thick bottomed pot. Remove the fried bacon but leave the melted fat in the pot. Brown the meat in the fat and remove it like you did with the bacon and sauté the onions and 2/3 of the carrot and celeriac cubes. When sautéed add the browned meat and the bacon and stir to combine before adding the cognac. Cook until the cognac is almost evaporated. Then sprinkle the flour on top of the dish and stir again to combine.

Add the beef stock, red wine and the herb bouquet and bring to a boil. Skim the scum off if necessary. Put a lid on the pot and let cook for 4-5 hours. If you use a cast iron pot, you can  put it in the oven at 270F instead.

While the meat and vegetables are cooking, you can prepare the rest. Peel the potatoes and cut them into cubes and place them in a pot. Cover with cold water.

Clean the mushrooms and cut them into half or quarter, depending on their size. Set both the potatoes and mushrooms a side until 30 minutes before the meat is finished.

Half an hour before you plan to serve this delicious dinner, you can begin to cook the potatoes. Let cook for approximately 20-25 minutes. Pour the water from the cooked potatoes and add butter and milk. Mash the potatoes gently and season with salt and pepper.

Add the remaining 1/3 carrots and celeriac to the stew approximately 10 minutes before serving and stir to combine.

While the potatoes cook you can roast the mushrooms on a hot pan. When roasted, add to the stew and stir to combine. Remove the herb bouquet and season the stew with salt and pepper and serve with the mashed potatoes.

Serve with a good red wine 🙂

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Ingredients (6 servings)

1350 stewing beef

20 slices bacon

1 bottle red wine

5 dl beef stock

0.5 dl cognac

5 large carrots, peeled

0.5 celeriac, peeled

6 banana shallots

2-3 tbsp. flour

1 bundle thyme

1 bundle parsley

4 bay leaves

1 leek top

30-40 mushrooms

Salt

Pepper

1400-1800 g potatoes

2 tbsp. butter

1.25 dl milk

Salt

Pepper

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Easy Leftover Brunch

Last night we had Buffalo chicken wings with blue cheese dressing and Italian tomato salad. We were not as hungry as we thought when we made it, and therefor ended up with some leftovers which we decided to use for brunch today 😀

We admit that it is an untraditional brunch, but it is definitely not the last time that we’ll make it! As we only had 4 chicken wings left, we also made some Popeye eggs which was perfect when combined with the spicy chicken and the fresh tomato salad.

 

Buffalo Chicken Wings

Italian Tomato and Mozzarella Salad

Popeye Eggs

Serve with a good cup of coffee and a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice (or a cold beer if it is hangover day :-D)

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Buffalo Chicken Wing with Blue Cheese Dressing

Buffalo chicken wings with blue cheese dressing is definitely among our favorite appetizers and are perfect to serve with cold beers on the sunny day 🙂

Normally we would make the wing sauce our self, but last week we visited Chili House and found this wing sauce which we wanted to try. It tasted exactly as expected and we will definitely try to make our version, as this bottle was quite expensive.

If you don’t have the patience or the kitchen skills needed to make the wing sauce your self, the one used here is a great alternative, which can be bought at the stores webshop.

 

Ingredients (4 servings)

12 chicken wings

3 tbsp. olive oil

Salt

Pepper

1 cup chicken wing sauce

1/2 cup sour cream

1 tbsp. blue cheese

 

Begin by firing up the grill. While the charcoal gets ready, you can prepare the chicken wings.

Grease the olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Grill the greased chicken wings at 400F for about 60 minutes. Then place the grilled chicken in a mixing bowl and pour over the wing sauce – mix well.

Then place the chicken wings right above the charcoals for a few minutes. Take the wings off the grill and let rest while making the blue cheese dressing.

Whisk together sour cream and blue cheese. If you have trouble dissolving the blue cheese, you can press the blue cheese chunks up agains the side of the bowl with a rubber spatula.

Serve with a cold beer 😀

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Ingredients (4 servings)

12 chicken wings

3 tbsp. olive oil

Salt

Pepper

2.5 dl chicken wing sauce

2.5 dl sour cream

1 tbsp. blue cheese

 

Italian Pasta and Fish with Lemon Sauce

Are you having guest this upcoming weekend and want to serve a delicious home cooked meal, but don’t have the time and/or energy to spent hours in the kitchen? Well, then you have found the perfect recipe in this Italian pasta and fish with lemon sauce.

It takes less than 30 minutes to make and tastes absolutely fabulous 🙂

 

Ingredients (2 servings)

Haddock

2 haddock fillets

1 tbsp. flour

1 egg, beaten

3 tbsp. olive oil

2 tbsp. butter

Salt

Pepper

 

Pasta

1 tsp. thyme leaves

4 shallots

1/2 cup white wine

1/2 cup chicken stock

1/4 cup cream

1 lemon, juice and zest

1 zucchini

1/2 pound pasta

 

Clean the fish and dry it with some paper towel. Heat olive oil in a frying pan. While heating the oil, turn the fish in the flour and then in the beaten egg. Add the fish to the heated oil and fry for 3-4 minutes on each side or until it is golden brown. Set aside while making the sauce.

Cut the onions into thin slices and the zucchini into small cubes.

Melt the butter in a frying pan and add the thyme leaves and sliced onions. sauté for a few minutes before adding white wine, chicken stock, juice and zest from the lemon and cream. Stir to combine and cook for 5-8 minutes.

Meanwhile cook the pasta as  described on the package. Drain in a colander and set aside while finishing the sauce.

Add the fried fish and the zucchini cubes to the lemon sauce. Let cook for about 2-3 minutes before removing the fish again. Then add the drained cooked pasta to the sauce and stir to combine.

Arrange on a pretty plate and top with the fish.

Serve with some good Italian bread and a glass of cold white wine.

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Ingredients (2 servings)

Haddock

2 haddock fillets

1 tbsp. flour

1 egg, beaten

3 tbsp. olive oil

2 tbsp. butter

Salt

Pepper

Pasta

1 tsp. thyme leaves

4 shallots

1.25 dl white wine

1.25 dl chicken stock

0.8 dl cup cream

1 lemon, juice and zest

1 zucchini

225 dl pasta