It’s my pick for Martha Mondays and it fell on the weekend of my birthday, so I figured that I should pick some worthy of such an occasion!
I have loved the idea of cooking this dish for ages, but after seeing Julie & Julia I have wanted a good excuse to cook it. For simplicity I chose the EveryDay Food’s version which can be found here: http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/beef-bourguignon-edf
Here’s the thing though. I don’t think it was any easier than any other stew recipe I have seen. But boy it was good!
I took on board Julia Child’s direction not to crowd the mushrooms and to put the meat dry before cooking (two things that I didn’t know before and probably still wouldn’t have known). And I stuck to the recipe except halving it all – we never have eight mouths to feed in this house.
Adding the mushrooms at the end of cooking.
Not the greatest photo I know (I only realised once I had eaten – and then it was too late). We all enjoyed it in our house. The gravy was thick and rich. I will certainly be making this again. I can’t wait to see everyone else’s results.