This week’s French Fridays with Dorie (beef cheef daube with carrots and elbow macaroni, p 246) was served to some friends who came over for a “blog food” dinner as I am wont to do every now and then… A “blog food dinner” for those of you not in the know is when you look at your blog editorial calendar and make a whole bunch of dishes in advance on a weekend when you have some spare time, then serve them – whether they go together or not – to guests. My friends are used to this (my neighbours now peek over the fence when I am out the back taking photos and offer to do tastings for me!) and I am generally able to cobble together a meal that has some semblance of beginning, middle and end..
This daube is truly delicious – beef bourguignon-y in flavour with the surprising twist of the macaroni (which always just reminds me of Kraft Dinner/ Mac n’ Cheese no matter what it’s in!). I used stewing beef because the weekend I made it, I simply didn’t have the time to source beef cheeks, though I know I can get them here in Toronto. The carrots might seem like an odd addition too but somehow, this seemingly cobbled-together dish really works.
The night I served it, with everything mixed in, the macaroni turned a little purple, as I expected (from the wine) which did not affect the taste at all but looked a little odd. Hence why I chose to save the leftovers in separate containers so that wouldn’t happen for 1. the photos and 2. Mr Neil. I didn’t think that purple pasta would go down so well with him! I’d definitely make this again but don’t know I would use the macaroni. I’d much prefer a piece of baguette to sop up the lovely sauce from the stew. This was, nonetheless, an unexpected tasty hit!
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