Posts Tagged ‘France’

Snowpocalypse Activities

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

I love cooking while I’m snowed in.  There’s close to two feet on the ground outside, and it’s still falling.  I have absolutely no interest in being out in that (Washington is betraying me this winter!), and love the extra free time to try new recipes.  Luckily my refrigerator is fully stocked with what I need for my first attempt at a classic: Julia Child’s Boeuf Bourgignon.

I love Julia Child.  My first attempt at a roast leg of lamb was made with the help of one of her more recent cookbooks, The Way to Cook, that I checked out of the library.  Mastering the Art of French Cooking would be my choice if I had to choose only one cookbook to use.  I admire her for not only her talent as a chef, but for discovering it later in life, and for being a loud American who the French loved.

While braising is one of my favorite techniques for working with meat, I have never attempted this classic.  It’s currently simmering away in my oven, and I can’t wait for dinner.  I’m also mildly injured from the experience, with multiple burns from spitting fat while the bacon, and then the beef, were sauteing.  More to follow after dinner, once I’ve tasted it.