Monday, 24 October 2016

 sibbald creek picnic + beef bourguignon

23 / 10 / 2016

While Patt worked on his truck on Sunday, the girls, my sister and I went for a wildly delicious picnic at Sibbald Creek park. We've only ever been here once before to chop down our Christmas tree and we loved the place and the experience so much that it will be an annual December tradition for us from here on out. I wanted to come back this time to forage for some fallen greenery we could decorate our bedroom and porch with, and to practice for an exciting project I have coming up.

When we arrived at Sibbald Creek we were all starving for the lunch we packed: rich and hearty beef bourguignon, toasted sesame baguette crisps, brie, apples, and hot chocolate. It sounds a little painstaking, but this was actually an incredibly simple lunch to bring, because my sister made the beef bourguignon a few days ago, and it just needed heating over the stove and packing into a large thermos just before we left. Its making my mouth water right now as I type about it, it was amazing. Yes, I LOVE FOOD, and the outdoors, and my family, so I really couldn't ask for much more when it came to this picnic. Simple pleasures. We didn't take long to find a soft grassy spot amongst the trees where we could lay our blanket and spread. The weather was warmish, but still cool as we were just below the mountains. While we ate, our dogs ran around like the great beasts they are and gnawed on the plethora of sticks available to them. The distraction of the new place miraculously kept them from our bowls, and if you know anything about black labs, you'll know that is a true miracle. After eating we foraged our greenery, walking over fallen logs and long meadow grass, it was so beautiful. Louise was enthralled by the grass tickling her face and of the soft needles of the trees within her reach.

While in the woods my sister and I talked about making our own experiences, and about being direct about the things we want in our lives. I believe that if we want something enough we can always carve out a path to making it happen. And I believe that if we follow our passions we will always be living in a way that we want to be. It so easy to think just of the negative side of possibilities, and yes, it is smart to consider risks involved so they can be mitigated, but truly, if you want something to be different, then you can make it so. I'm getting so serious, haha. Don't you think the woods are just the best place for contemplation?

Beef Bourguignon with Potatoes


1 kg beef stew meat
1/2 cup bacon, diced
2 medium onions, diced
1 1/2 cups button mushrooms, halved
6 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup red wine
2 cups pearl onions
2 medium potatoes, cut into bite-sized pieces
1.5 litres beef stock
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp ground kosher salt
1 tsp ground pepper


Over high heat, sear beef in a stock pot in small batches. Once browned, remove from pot and set aside. Turn the temperature to medium-high heat and add diced bacon to the pot, cooking until just starting to brown. Add in diced onions and button mushrooms and saute until the onions are translucent. Add in garlic and saute for one minute more. Deglaze pot with red wine, then add in stock, pearl onions and potatoes.

In a small pot melt better. Once melted, whisk in flour until blended, then scoop one cup of the stock from the stock pot and whisk into the flour-butter mixture (rue). Mix rue into the stock pot. Once the stock pot has simmered for 45 minutes, return beef to the pot, cooking until tender (approximately 10 minutes.) Season with thyme, salt and pepper.

1 comment :

Jessica said...

love this. that stew looks INCREDIBLE!! and yes, i too do most of my best thinking in the forest ;)