As promised here is the post, complete with step-by-step pictures, on my adventures making boeuf bourguignon from Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child (and two other women whose names I forget).
First some commentary … boeuf bourguignon is nothing more than French beef stew. It’s a good thing I made it on a Saturday because it takes about 3-4 hours to make so it’s not exactly something you can whip together after you get home from work. One thing my mom and I decided after dinner is 2 1/2 hours was way too long for this to cook, but that was the minimum suggested cooking time. My mom mentioned something about cuts of meat in France being different. Next time, if there is a next time, I’d cook it for 2 hours.
[Edited: ARGH! This stupid WordPress editor! I cannot figure out what it did to my formatting. None of the captions are in the right place! I know all six of you are intelligent people and can figure out which caption goes with what picture.]
Here are the ingredients:
Boiling the bacon (not very appealing):
The peas Louisette suggested (you’ll have to see the movie Julie & Julia to understand the reference):
I can see why Julie Powell wanted to channel her inner Julia. I love to cook and I felt so cook-like while I was making this. After I ate it I decided I could do a passable recreation in the pressure cooker.
Since I’ve been unemployed I’ve been making a lot more actual dinner food. I think the majority of the family is enjoying eating real meals at the dinner table. I think Christopher would rather just have a pb&j sandwich. Four year olds are rather picky in this regard. Sarah is still pretty good at eating most things.
I do not know how real bloggers have time to do these long detained posts with pictures and everything. Taking the pictures during the cooking process wasn’t too hard. I just had to think about which steps I wanted to document. However it’s taken me the better part of an hour to compose this post. My six readers, I love you but this kind of detail probably isn’t going to happen again in the near future.