France: Boeuf Bourguignon a la Julia Child
Today was my first country, and I decided to start with France. I’ve been wanting to make Julia Child’s recipe for boeuf bourguignon since I saw/read Julie and Julia and decided this would be the perfect opportunity to make it. I used this recipe, all 45 steps of it:
It was definitely time consuming, but really fun to make. I shopped for ingredients at Reading Terminal Market, made even more fun by a visit to my friend who owns a bakery at the market.
Here are the beautiful ingredients for the dish:
Look how pretty those carrots are!
I’m not going to recopy the recipe and the steps, but I followed the recipe pretty much exactly. EXCEPT that I did not make my own beef stock thank you very much TJ’s:
…and I mistakenly sliced the mushrooms instead of quartering them. Oops. Hopefully Julia wouldn’t be too disappointed. Here are some pics of the process. I need to learn more about photographing food.
These onions took awhile to peel, and elicited a few tears.
After 3 hours of cooking:
L to R: Johnny, Angela, Erica, Rae, Emily
Another one with me in it:
I served the bb over noodles, and thanks to everyone’s contributions we also had French wine, a French inspired salad, bread and French crepes! Delicious.
We had a great time sharing a meal, listening to French music, and chatting.
Emily brought yummy crepes for dessert, thanks to her awesome husband for making them! I didn’t take the greatest picture, but here they are:
They were delicious, tasting much better than this photo looks. Here’s how Justin made the crepes:
Toppings were Golden Delicious apples, sliced almonds and honey as well as strawberry, nutella, whip cream. So yummy!
Notes for next time:
I would definitely make this again. Next time I think I would use a bit less bacon, as the bacon flavor kind of overpowered the wine and beef. I would also follow the directions and quarter the mushrooms 🙂 And perhaps I would use a modified recipe that wasn’t quite so involved. But I really enjoyed making this, a successful first couch cuisine endeavor!