This Week in Food

Posted by on Aug 27, 2017 in Stories | One Comment

This is a writing experiment for me. If I like it, I’ll do some more. Enjoy!

It started last week, when I decided that despite even having Monday off because of the eclipse, I wasn’t going to take the 4 or 5 hours I needed to make Boeuf Bourguignon. I had something more pressing to do the weekend before, but I don’t want to jinx it so it’s a secret for now.

I already bought the ingredients so I had to do something with them. On Wednesday, I decided to throw a lot of it in the slow cooker. This was not a good decision.

I like to cook roasts in the slow cooker. When cooked, they taste great and fall apart easily. For Boeuf Bourguignon I had pre-cut meat. I cut up some potatoes, a leek, a carrot, added the meat, added some white wine and beef stock. I even added some fresh thyme on the top. It looked good to me. The dogs wanted some. They smelled the meat. Sigh.

I couldn’t wait for my husband to come home so I ate early. The potatoes were awesome but the meat was a chewing exercise. This was a a disaster! My husband has a hard time chewing because of his false teeth. I guess he could eat the potatoes.

He came home exhausted. He added a bunch of ketchup to the “stew.” He was so tired he said it was great. He was such a trooper, he ate it again the next day. I bought some garlic bread for him that second day to add something he liked. I didn’t eat it the next day because I ate a Hostess cupcake and I got sick.

I bought a box to say a small thank you to someone. I didn’t know that was going to happen. But it made me think that perhaps I could make a version I could stomach if I learned how to make creme patisserie or “creme pat” as they say on the Great British Baking Show. If I could learn how to fill a cupcake, that might be an awesome recipe!

On Friday, my stepson asked if his girlfriend could come over for dinner. We don’t eat formally at the table so basically he wanted us to pay for his date because he lost his job and doesn’t have any money. He’s only 18 and it wasn’t his fault so it’s not a tragedy or anything. My husband said ok but I couldn’t eat pizza.

I can eat pizza but that’s not it. I already hadn’t eat well this week (cereal two days for dinner because of my stomach). I drank pop earlier that day which made me more ill. But also because one day I don’t eat meat but that doesn’t include fish because I’m Catholic. I’ve been doing this for quite a few years. I love meat but I’m so thankful for everything that God has given me that I decided I could sacrifice this one thing once a week in appreciation.

Another thing I do sometimes is I think I’m going to make something (e.g. Beef Bourguignon) and then I end up not making it and usually throwing it away. I planned on making Potage au Cresson (Watercress Soup) this week so I had some watercress. I never tasted watercress. I haven’t tasted watercress up to this blog post. My mom likes watercress. I remember her getting in trouble at the Game Farm for picking some. In her typical practical fashion when one of the supervisors talked to her she said something like, “You’re not eating it, so why can’t I have it?”

It’s Friday and I’m ridiculously tired. Now that I think about it, I believe that all my bad food choices are what made me so tired. I worked late because I had to take a longer lunch to go home to check on my dogs then on top of that I had to go to the grocery store. When I got home, I had to feed my dogs so it was about 7PM before I even got started.

I looked at the light coming through the window and realized I wouldn’t be taking very many pictures tonight. I then made the decision that I wasn’t going to mess around with the watercress. I was just going to make Potage Parmentier (Leek and Potato Soup), the first recipe I ever did from Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

I cut the potatoes and then the leeks.

Washing Leeks

I thought it might be a good idea for another blog post to do a “how to prepare leeks.” I was afraid of leeks at first because I didn’t know how to prepare them. I watched a Youtube video and I realized it was pretty simple. I feel no one should be afraid of leeks!

Potage Parmentier was unfinished business for me. Not because of the recipe, but because of the photos. I wasn’t happy with the photos. The problem was that Tom said it was too rich and he didn’t want to eat it anymore. I really loved it not only because it tastes good but because it’s cheap to make. This was my opportunity to make it and try to take better photos.

One of the things I did differently from the last time I made this soup, was I used a hand blender. I didn’t have a hand blender the first time but my mother bought me a hand blender. It made the soup look so much better! Of course, I didn’t eat it all so that the next day I could take photos. I will be replacing these photos in my Potage Parmentier blog post.

Potage Parmentier Redux

And because I could eat meat on Saturday, I added a little bit of bacon I bought for the Beef Bourguignon.

Potage Parmentier with Bacon

Have a great week!

Love, Ana

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