Thursday, October 15, 2009

folders\dream house\dream on\round kitchen

We're on to fun things like kitchen design now and working out where services will go. For years I've been cutting pages out of interior design mags and adding them to my "dream house" folder and these have been passed to BB for approval.

My dream house has a round kitchen in it, as per the glossy magazine article on a round house in my folder, but BB said putting a round kitchen in a square room would be like putting a round peg in a square hole - i.e. it wouldn't work - so I've had to file that particular dream in a subfolder called "dream on". There's still much remaining in the parent folder however, swimming pool and wine cellar (amongst others) having been given top-level approval.

The kitchen table is groaning under the weight of apples and sweet chestnuts from our trees, the last of the red tomatoes and green peppers from the garden, caulis and turnips from Roquin and a large wild boar casserole I made with sanglier given to us by one of our hunter friends. So there's much to do in the kitchen at the weekend - and we may have a go at making cider.

Serves 4
2 lbs/900 g wild boar (or beef), cut into 2 inch/5 cm cubes
1 small onion, sliced
1 small carrot, cut into chunks
1 celery stick, chopped
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 cup/225 ml plus ½ cup/110 ml red wine
salt and freshly ground pepper
1 tbsp olive oil
4 tbsp butter
1 tbsp flour
1 cup/225 ml veal stock
2 sprigs of fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
8 oz/225 g smoked bacon cut into cubes
4 oz/110 g button mushrooms fried in a tbsp butter
chopped flat leaf parsley to serve

1. Place the meat in a large bowl with the onion, carrot, celery and garlic. Cover with 1 cup/225 ml of red wine then cover with clingfilm and leave to marinate for 24 hours in the fridge.

2. Drain the liquid from the marinade and set aside to use later. Reserve the meat and vegetables separately. Pat the meat dry and season with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a large ovenproof dish and once hot, add the butter. Brown the meat in batches and set aside.

3. Add the reserved vegetables and brown over a medium heat until caramelized. Stir in the flour and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the the red wine vinegar and the remaining red wine and reduce by half, then add the veal stock, the reserved marinade, the herbs and the meat. Bring to the boil and season with salt and pepper. Place in the oven for 2 hours at 150°C/300°F.

4. Fry the bacon to colour slightly and set aside. Gently fry the mushrooms in the butter for 2-3 minutes. Add the bacon and mushrooms to the casserole and cook for a further hour. When ready to serve, garnish with the chopped parsley.

♫ Cook along to:
Aerosmith Dream On


Anonymous said...

Warning! Do not read this blog if you`re feeling hungry!

Di Overton said...

Tell BB it's easier to put a round peg in a square hole than to put a square peg into a round hole :)