It’s Friday and I’m in France. As I write this, I’m en route to spend a week in Paris after checking in on the house for a few days and getting it ready for our spring renters (interested in renting it? All the details here. It’d be the perfect location if you’re checking out the Euro 2016… Just saying…). So in the next few weeks, expect a lot more French posts – in the meantime, if you’re interested in seeing what I am up to, you can always follow me on Instagram 😉
For now, let’s talk about this week’s Cook the Book Fridays recipe from My Paris Kitchen – Belgian Beef Stew with Beer & Spice Bread. I was pretty excited to see this in the lineup because I lived in Belgium for a year (sidenote here – BelgiuM is the country, BelgiAN is the adjective describing things from the country. Sorry, rant over but that is a pet peeve) when I was younger and carbonnade flamande was one of my favourite winter dishes there. This is a rich beef stew with onions cooked in beer – I mean, what’s not to love? Well actually there’s an ingredient in the recipe that I mustn’t have paid attention to when I was there – spice bread – pain d’épices (real proper gingerbread cake) which acts as a thickener in the sauce. I did a little reading about the dish and realise that perhaps not everyone uses this (you can use regular flour or thick country bread slices to thicken the sauce too, though then you’d need to add some of the aromatic spices in the stew). I loved the spice bread on its own (especially toasted with a little butter!) and the stew on its own was outstanding. But the bread in the stew was not my thing. It was too sweet and made the sauce lumpy 🙁 But I’ll definitely make both of these again. I just won’t eat them together 😉
Get the recipe for Belgian Beef Stew with Beer & Spice Bread on p 198 of My Paris Kitchen. You can find the recipe for the Spice Bread here. You can find a version of the stew from Dorie Greenspan that I think I’d like better here.
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