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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

The classics - adapted....!

Everybody (nearly) knows them, or has heard of them.....the classics.
 Boeuf bourguignonne.......
http://thefrenchcuisineasitis.wordpress.com/2013/04/19/beef-bourguignon-boeuf-bourguignon/
This article seeks to show that there are many dishes which resemble each other, or can be adapted quite simply. Like the one above, a suggestion would be to use much cheaper wine and call it Bœuf Languedocienne..... maybe a little touch of sugar to take the 'roughness' from the cheaper red wine - why shouldn't one use ox meat with wine and you've got a speciality of my region here - 'Gardienne ....  de taureau'
....the difference is there are olives and local wine in it....
http://recettesdeprovence.louferri.be/16-viandes.html
Another classic is the 'Choucroute' - not everybody's favourite because of the pickled cabbage.but pickled in Champagne it is delicious and served with the different meat cuts......well! Again some small changes can be made. A lot of rinsing in cold water can reduce the 'vinegary', and steamed potatoes can be served with the whole thing, reducing the vinegary even more!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sauerkraut
Drink an Alsace wine or a German riesling - at the limit Champagne!

Another one.....? How about 'petit salé?'
  here with lentils.
http://www.gustave.com/recettes/1066/petit-sale-lentilles.html
Actually, when I'm in Germany, I love this dish with German style bread

Deutsch: SchlachtplatteDeutsch: Schlachtplatte (Photo credit: Wikipedia)........Schlachtplatte means 'slaughtered dish'not a tempting title, but a delicious meal, particularly in the evening.
Of the thousands of 'classics' one of my favourites is the simple ......'Steak Tartare' complete with all the bits and bobs  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steak_tartare
Not for everybody I dare say, and only to be eaten in places you trust!
There are so many classics that I will have to ome back again!
Starters,desserts, cheeses and all the rest, but you can make a start here, or - of course - you can just have .........
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