What a week! After spending a very rushed weekend in B.C.’s Okanagan tasting and purchasing wines with my lovely wife, I returned home to a very harsh reality: I had one week to go before Spring Break. That may seem like a wonderful thing (and as of now, it is), but at the time it meant a week of chaos was about to be upon me.
With projects due, and marks in dire need of updating, I had to do the unthinkable: take a hiatus from blogging. I don’t know if it was due to the stress of an insane work-week, or my break from blogging that I was essentially forced to take, but I was miserable.
It probably didn’t help that the two new meals I cooked this week were both disliked by my wife. My polenta was nothing like she’s ever tasted (which, unfortunately, was the opposite of what I was going for), and she couldn’t even finish my lemon shrimp orzo combo (somewhat understandable considering she isn’t a huge fan of either lemon or shrimp).
So yeah, a bit of a bummer week. Thankfully, I now have over two weeks off from work, and a delayed honeymoon to Cuba coming up in a week. To make things even better, my wife decided to take the reigns tonight when it came to meal planning. After those two unsuccessful meal attempts, she decided I needed to switch up cookbooks and go for something classic: The Joy of Cooking’s Beef Bourguignon.
If you don’t own The Joy of Cooking, then I highly recommend you purchasing it immediately. Much more than a mere cookbook, it’s essentially an encyclopedia of food. Not only that, but the food contained in its pages is consistently delicious. Tonight’s Beef Bourguignon was no exception. If you own the book, look up the recipe and give it a try. If you don’t own it, be thankful for this resource we have called “the internet”. After a quick search, I found that once again there are those online who are more than willing to copy out recipes whether they should or not. For tonight’s dish, allow me to direct you to thecomfortofcooking.com, where The Joy of Cooking’s Beef Bourguignon is detailed in all it’s glory. In the online version I’m directing you towards, there’s mention of celery, but that found its way into neither the official printed version of the recipe nor the version I cooked and consumed tonight.
Not only was the end result of tonight’s cooking simply amazing, but it made the house smell incredible. Once the beef started browning away in the Dutch oven, I knew we were in for something special. I deviated very little from the recipe, only adding a bit of water to counteract the richness of the sauce that had reduced a bit more than was probably intended. Aside from that, the dish was exactly as outlined by the encyclopedia makers. It was by no means a quick and easy process, but it was well worth all the fuss.
Thankfully, my blog-less week is over, and I have a lot more time on my hands. I just hope that my next few dishes are as successful and tasty as this one. As with each of the past few weekends, I’m sharing this with The Novice Gardener’s Fiesta Friday. Anyways, until next time – happy cooking.