Sunday, 5 February 2012

Recipe - Provencal Beef Winter Stew

None of the hours on Sunday were my finest. Being awake for 24 hours (6am Saturday to 6am Sunday) and the fact that in that time, I had smoked sixteen (!) cigarettes and spent most of it drinking in various locations (Oktoberfest-themed pub, friend's house, friend of a friend's house, friend of a friend of a friend's house) and doing not a lot else led me to a plan. DETOX WEEK. Well, re: cigarettes we have DETOX LIFE. I have been gradually increasing how much I smoke without realising. Being a 'social smoker' only works (it doesn't ever really work) if not many of the people you socialise with smoke. So no more cigarettes. No no no. And no more casual drinking either. Because that too only works if you're not constantly surrounded by people drinking (even if it is only a couple). Only on two nights a week will it be acceptable. This is the advent of Good Clean Fun. Lots of nourishing food etc.* What better way to see it in than with one of Delia's recipes. It was actually 'Incredibly Good Looking' who cooked most of this. He loves Delia.

Provencal Winter Beef Stew
500g steak (we couldn't find braising steak so we just used regular, chopped into cubes)
5 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 red pepper, chopped into casserole-appropriate pieces
9 shallots, chopped
250g chestnut mushrooms, quartered
2 bay leaves
1 tsp dried thyme
Zest of half a large orange
Dessert spoon flour
250ml red wine
100g pitted black olives
1 tin chopped tomatoes

Brown the meat v quickly on a high heat then remove from the heat.
Lower the heat slightly and fry the shallots.
Add the garlic to the pan after a couple of minutes.
Re-add the meat and add the thyme, orange zest and bay leaves.
Add the flour and stir so everything is well coated.
Add the wine, slowly, stirring so the flour doesn't go all gloopy.
Add the tomatoes and mushrooms.
Bring the dish to a simmer, cover, then place in an oven at 140°C for about 1.5 hours.
Add the pepper and olives and return to the oven for another 40 minutes.
We ate with 'The Illusionist'. He took great offence when I asked 'Incredibly Good Looking' what he'd change next time. Still, different tomatoes. Either the ones which Delia suggests in her original recipe or some tinned cherry tomatoes.

*N.B. This plan is subject to change and/or terminate at any point whatsoever and does not apply to birthdays, holidays or post-exam celebrations.

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