Our May 2012 Daring Cooks’ hostess was Fabi of fabsfood. Fabi challenged us to make Boeuf Bourguignon, a classic French stew originating from the Burgundy region of France.
When I first saw this challenge I was a bit sad - beef? in wine? Ummm... yeah. Two things that don't really happen in my house. But one of the recipes which Fabi was wonderful enough to provide a vegetarian alternative, which looked intriguing. Then some of my fellow cooks expressed concern about using wine in their dishes, and some alternatives were provided. (By the way, congratulations to all of you out there who forgo wine for much better reasons than my "I just don't like it." You all deserve huge applause!) So while my "tofu in grape juice" isn't exactly the same as real boeuf bourguinon, it was very tasty and something I am going to have to play with more in the future!
The tofu, crisping up:
The stew, simmering away:
The final dish, served with quinoa:
Thank you, Fabi, for this amazing challenge. Boeuf bourguinon is something I would never have thought to make with the restrictions in my kitchen, and you made it happen. This was a lot of fun, and something I want to make again!!