Saturday, 13 February 2016

How to make a
Hearty Beef Stew

In my home stews, are my comfort food.
I can stew them slowly on the stove or in the oven.
I can prepare them and toss the ingredients into a
slow cooker and when I return home...
everything is done.
If the chunks of meat are small enough I can even eat the stew with a spoon~
don't tell anyone but, when I'm home alone and we don't all eat together...
I curl up on the sofa and eat my stew nestled into my hand! Heaven!
I hope you like this rendition which utilizes
leftover gravy and leftover green stems, which
save on the budget and reduce our footprint on the

You'll need:
2-3 lbs of stewing beef or veal
2 tbsp. oil
1/4 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
2 bay leaves
2-3 peeled and cubed potatoes
1 onion chopped
1/2 bell pepper diced
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
2-3 peeled broccoli stems and fennel tops, diced
1/2 pickled jalapeno pepper, chopped 
1 tsp chipotle spice
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup red wine
 2 cups leftover gravy

 In a preheated saucepot add the oil and brown beef on all sides.

Add the wine, parsley and bays leaves.

Stir to mix, reduce the liquids for 5 min.
Add gravy to the pot.

Prepare the vegetables.

 Add to the pot.

Stir to mix.
Bring to a boil.
Immediately reduce to a simmer.
Cover with lid, ajar.
Cook for 1 1/2 - 2 hrs, stirring regularly until fork tender and liquids are reduced.

Hearty Beef Stew
Enjoy with love.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Blueberry Smothered BBQ Duck

I have made many types of meat, poultry and game.
I have really never attempted at making duck,
I received a gift certificate from one of my winning entries,
I decided to use some of it for
Organic Duck Breasts
Many of us have heard of Duck a l'orange or Tart Cherry sauce.
I had none of that in my home except blueberries.
At first I thought it would be too sweet,
but then,
I realized that fruit is only sweet if you add sugar to it.
I decided to pare my fresh blueberries with rosemary and some white wine.
Well, the combo is awesome, dark, rich and colourful.
The Organic Breasts were so tender and not gamey at all. I rendered the skin on the BBQ, skin side down and I got a crispy skin that didn't need to be removed to be enjoyed.
This would be a great Valentine dinner for 2!

Blueberry Smothered BBQ Duck

Here's what you'll need:

2 organic duck breasts
1 pint washed, picked through blueberries
1/4 cup white wine
1 tsp rosemary
1/2 tsp each salt and black pepper
1 tsp paprika

 Score the skin

Sprinkle with seasonings, marinate for at least
1/2hr or overnight if you have the time.

 Place on a hot grill or BBQ skin side down.
Cook for 10min until crispy, turn over for another
5-8 min or until desired doneness.

Meanwhile add wine, berries, rosemary and a pinch of salt to a small saucepot.
Bring to a boil.
Skim any foam off the berries.
Cook for 5-10min reducing the sauce.

Diagonally slice breasts.

Spoon sauce over breasts.

Enjoy with love~