It’s been one of those days.
We’re still admiring Arabella’s flowers sent by the rock-star (the one I’m not allowed to mention), but there’s another chap hovering and he’s less desirable not only because he’s 23 and has tattoos everywhere except his eyeballs, but because he’s local and likes to invite Arabella out for coffee. He is tall and very good looking and he is polite and well mannered but an inked up specimen is not what I had in mind for my daughter. And she’s just announced she won’t be attending our Christmas in July event because she has to study. She could study tonight but no, there’s an 18th on and that just can’t be missed.
Archie’s off with the pixies and thinks it’s okay not to turn up to university classes or hand in assignments and that hanging out in Kings Cross is perfectly fine and of course, nothing adverse will ever happen to him. He’s also just announced he won’t be attending our Christmas in July event because he has rehearsal for some group performance due in at uni. I can’t understand how the rehearsal’s been scheduled on the day of our event given he’s had eight weeks notice that he needed to block out the day for some family time.
Meanwhile, I’ve had a lovely dinner brewing. Chopin and My Saucepan recently posted a recipe for Beef Bourguignon and I just loved the sound of this dish. During these cold winter nights it’s always wonderful to warm up over some delicious comfort food and that is what this recipe does for you.
Chopin thickens the sauce with pureed carrots instead of cornflour. I tried this for the first time. Unfortunately, earlier in the week I blew up my food processor so I couldn’t puree the carrots and instead mashed them. I think my result, although delicious, looks a bit too much like baby food with all the bits of carrot in it. Please don’t be put off by my end result because although heavily dotted with orange, it’s a very delicious meal.
Chopin served this with crusty bread, I served it with heavily buttered mash. Wonderful!
If your children are depressing you and if your evenings are cold and drab, cook Chopin’s Beef Bourguignon and it will take the edge off your issues. For the recipe, please visit the wonderful blog, Chopin and My Saucepan.
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