Friday, January 20, 2012

comfort food

yesterday i made lots of stick-to-your-ribs soul-satisfying food.

lately my menu has been a little light on the beef options so i remedied that with 15 lbs of getaway farm beef. luckily for me i remembered to order everything early last saturday morning, getaway has been super busy the last couple of weeks and selling out of beef by about midday. if you're in the mood for steak this weekend, make sure you get down to the seaport market bright & early... which reminds me, it's been awhile since i've had a steak & sweatpant sunday...

my purchases made their way into a classic boeuf bourguignon. i followed julia child's recipe and will be blogging about it step by step early next week... here's a little sneak peak:

properly browned meat is the key... remember the movie?
so it's braised in red wine with a classic mirepoix and finished with sauteed mushrooms & flat leaf parsley. it's served with rich, parmesan mashed potatoes & roasted white turnips, brussels sprouts & carrots. i underestimated how much i was producing this week and ran out of my usual packaging, so the larges are extra large (fyi).
small $11 large $25

there's also a fresh batch of shepherd's pies. so it's browned ground beef in a tangy gravy with a smidgen of homemade bbq sauce, finished with peas & corn and topped with cheddar-green onion mashed potatoes.
small $9 large $18

here's what else is in the freezer:
fish cakes & baked beans   $15
asparagus strata (savoury bread pudding)   $15
plain or broccoli mac & cheese  s $9  l $18 (just a few left!)
curried chicken & chickpeas  s $10  l $20
creamy british seafood pie  s $11 l $22
chicken, leek, broccoli & bacon pies  $10

and i know it's been absent for a little while, but don't worry, i've already ordered lobsters for next week so lobster mac & cheese will be back shortly.

today i'd also like to make a vegan main - i have a southwest inspired sweet potato stew in mind with a side of rice & beans... i just need to finish my baking first...

yesterday i also made two new batches of soup. the first is a new batch of roasted red pepper, sweet potato & tomato with hits of chipotle, cumin & cilantro. it's got some heat but it's not burn-your-face-off hot. the second is a new concoction - white bean, kale & lemon. it's really rich & creamy while still being vegan.

i've got a new salad in the works this week too: sprouted beans & lentils with fresh green beans, red onion and a mustard-dill vinaigrette. the quinoa & wild rice salads will be like usual.

ok cupcakes, tarts, cheesecakes, squares & cookies beckon - i'm off to the races.

ps: if the weather is really bad over the weekend i might skip the sunday market, so make sure to pop by tomorrow if you can.

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