Gentle Readers and Dear Friends it was a very wet and blustery weekend here by the Bay. Lots of rain, lots of wind and lots of staying in and staying warm. That about wraps up the last two days.
I was the winner of Rory's 2nd Birthday Give Away. Go check out Kathy's Blog and see Rory all decked out for St Patrick's Day - how cute is he!!! The package got to me on Friday and I took it home to open. Here is a snap of everything....
Thank you so much for all the wonderful stitchy Hound things - I just love everything!!!!!!
On Saturday, after spending the morning working at the move, yes it spilled over to a 3rd day, I got home and got a wild hair because of the weather.... It was nasty out and I wanted something rich and delicious. Rico suggested I make a Beouf Bourguignon - that sounded like the ticket. I got my "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" out, and got to work.
I chopped some extra onions for the freezer, and had everything at hand, garlic, mushrooms, carrots, little white onions and a cut up roast.
After quickly browning the meat you then cook the veggies and then set them aside. Put the meat back in the casserole - sprinkle with a bit of flour, bake this for a few minutes - to achieve a brownish crust.
Measure 3 cups of wine and pour over the meat - then cover and bake for 3 to 4 hours. While baking you cook the mushrooms in butter, set aside. Braise the little white onions, set aside. After the meat is baked you pour off the liquid into a saucepan and add to this more wine and stock to make a nice reduced sauce. Putting the meat back into the casserole you lay all the cooked veggies, mushrooms and little onions over and pour the reduced sauce over everything. Stir it all together while simmering and bringing everything up to temperature. Et Voila - a nice hearty meal, I served it with buttered potatoes and garlic bread. I was a total ditz and did not get a final shot.... but it looked a lot like this one from the Internet...
All I can say is YUM!!! I had never tried to make it before, but the directions where very clear and easy to follow. It made a big old potful so we are having it as leftovers tonight.
Yesterday morning we went out to breakfast to Flippers, over in Hayes Valley. It is nice to stop there occasionally as we can pick up some Blue Bottle Coffee after we finish. We stop at their Kiosk on Linden Alley. Here is a snap .....
I like that right next door is a custom corset shop, with some really gorgeous undergarments!!
I did get some stitching in on ABC Hornbook - here is a progress shot -
Once again the snap makes the piece look green - oh well - at some point I'll get a better shot. This is really working up as a fun piece.
That's about it for today, thanks for stopping by!! Do come again!!