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Bouilli or pot au feu québécois is a traditional beef stew from Québec, Canada inspired by the famous dish ‘pot au feu’ from France. A simple stew made of root vegetables, beef and pork belly cooked slowly until tender. As a kid, I used to visit my grandparents once or twice a year. They were living in a small and remote village far away in the forest called Lac-des-Aigles (Eagles lake). We would always arrive in the late afternoon and the cast iron pot would already be doing its magic on the stove for hours… leaving behind this fantastic homey, comforting stew smell. In the pot was a succulent and traditional meat stew called Bouilli in Quebec. A winter dish to warm up the bones This recipe is a flashback to those nice visits to my grandparent’s place. My grandma would make this recipe starting from when the root veggies would be fully grown in September…

Lemon and Garlic Chicken Stew is a tangy and delicate dish served on a kamut couscous to soak all that tangy lemon-garlic sauce. Comfort food with a certain zing! I’m a big citrus fruits fan, also a big comfort food one. Mix up those two and you get a nice stew dish! Lemon and garlic are a great pair, the garlic will be turning sweet after a long cooking period and the lemon giving a nice tangy flair to the dish. Garlic is such an undefined ingredient in the sense that its taste and texture change a lot whether you cook it for a short or long time and also quite different raw. For example, in this particular dish you add the garlic right at the beginning of the cooking processed so this way you’ll end up with a smooth, sweet garlic flavor although if you want to add an extra “spicy, sharp” garlic taste…

An unctuous and spicy Mexican stew made with a Mole style sauce and tender beef cubes served with tortilla chips, corn and parsley, for an “Olé” night.  I was browsing the Web last week and saw lots of stews and Mexican food around… it made me want them both badly… so I’ve decided to merge them both into one nice stew meal; a Mexican Stew. The two are comforting and great dishes for winter times but this stew version is double the comfort; it’s a “French” way stew with the usual; carrot, potato, beef, mini french oignons merged to a spicy Mole style sauce for a Mexican flair; adding Chipotle peppers in Adobo, tomato puree, chocolate, corn and some cinnamon, cumin and coriander powder. Result: Fantastic! Chipotle peppers The mole sauce is a thick spicy Mexican sauce made with chocolate and lots of hot peppers. Since my maximal tolerance toward “spicy” is at medium-hot,  I’ve aimed at…

Coming back from holiday in Germany and I got myself some nice cooking books, my german isn’t so good yet, so it takes forever to understand a single recipe. But the one recipe I’ve always wanted to reproduce is the famous Knödel. This potato dumpling is in so many meals up in Germany or Central Europe for that matter, it’s accompany to perfection any meal with some type of gravy or sauce, even soups. There are tons of different styles of Knödel, for example with mushrooms, meat, spinach, etc. Also, I don’t want to make the easy kind Knödel made with bread or eggs… no…no… I want to learn the difficult one made just with potatoes (cooked and raw). I have to say in those 3 books I bought, I took the version of this recipe that had the most steps. I’ve learn this isn’t so easy to make so better be…

Beef bourguignon or is French people favorite beef stew made out of a lot of red wine, bacon bits, mushrooms, carrots, onions and aromatics. This version comes with a twist; it is Served on pasta instead of potatoes, Because why not? Beef Bourguignon pasta or on spaghetti is a “mashup” dish between France beloved ‘Boeuf Bourguignon’ which is served with potatoes and Italian Ragu pasta. I like potatoes… but my husband not so much… so he always ask me to make his boeuf bourguignon on pasta. I have to agree with him on this; with pasta and a little extra parmesan, it’s gives the dish a whole new dimension. Plus, the pasta soak up all the goodness from the stew better than potatoes. Boeuf Bourguignon on pasta But either ways, the base of the recipe stays the same; braised beef cubes in a dutch oven cooked slowly in a red…

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