Gearing Up for the Weekend with the Help of Stew
I have had a really busy week. It didn’t seem so during the first half, but the cumulative effect of running around and doing the normal everyday stuff of life has caught up with me at the end and knocked me over. And I have a two day workshop to attend this weekend. Oi. Sometimes I feel like I get to the weekend that I have looked forward to all week and find that it is busier than the weekday routine. Then, at the end of the weekend, I want another weekend to make up for the one I didn’t get.
At least, at the end of this week, and before I embark on a busy weekend, I have this to sustain me.
Navarin Printanier aka Spring Lamb Stew
I meant to make this earlier in the week so I could leisurely write up this post, but I had a hard time finding the lamb. Well, at least, lamb I was willing to pay for. Is it just me or has the price of lamb doubled since the last time I looked? Anyway, I looked at several grocery stores before I resorted to the big box store called Costco. All that running around (while also contributing to me feeling of extreme business this week) meant that I am just now getting around to making this today, posting day.
This is a lovely one-pot meal and one that makes the house smell wonderful. I did the first step of browning and simmering the meat at lunchtime and then turned it off after its 45 minute simmer. Also, I used some of my homemade asian beef stock and minced the garlic instead of leaving it whole.
The whole pot waited there until an hour before dinner, when I got the veggies ready and did the final braising steps. Instead of using fresh baby onions, I got some frozen ones and that cut down the prep time and the number of dishes to do at the end. We like our veggies, so I doubled the amount of veggies, but not the peas (I thought 2.5 cups of peas would be Way Too Much) or the turnip (the kids aren’t big fans of turnips). This also helps the meat stretch farther, and at the price of lamb these days, that’s important.
We served it with some toasted slices of bacon and cheese levain that I made earlier in the week. The meat was wonderfully soft and the veggies were cooked just right. I tell you, if it were not for joining the FFWD group, I would not have made dinner today and that would have been sad, because this is one tasty stew. I think it will go a long way toward keeping me going during this busy weekend.
If you want to see more, go here. The recipe is in Dorie’s book, Around My French Table.
How about you? What do you have going on this weekend?