Kitchen Therapy


Belgian Beef Stew with Beer and Honey Spice Bread


Sydney has had a record spell of hot days and warm nights, 39 to be exact.
Thirty nine hot and humid days and nights.
It is time to say good bye to summer. Seriously!
The weather has cooled (a little) the last couple of days, I knew it was coming and waited impatiently for the change so I could make this week’s Cook the Book Fridays recipe from David Lebovitz’s book, My Paris Kitchen.
I was excited to make the bread, I really enjoy baking and find it satisfying (I just wish I took a photo of the finished product!)
The following day I was ready to make the stew and it came together nicely.
I have to be honest, I was hesitant adding fragrant honey spiced bread, covered in dijon mustard, to a beef and beer stew.
I decided to follow the recipe despite my doubts.
I am glad I did, it is not something I would have tried if I was not part of this group.
My husband and kids said it was ok and they were happy to eat it.
There were no complaints at all.
I don’t think I will make either the bread or the stew again, the flavours just didn’t do it for me.
It wasn’t unpleasant and I am glad I tried both.
And now I am ready to try more of David’s recipes 🙂

I am looking forward to reading what the rest of the group thought about this recipe!





Navarin Printanier

This dish was sooo good!
The flavour was deep and satisfying.
The lamb was so tender it just melted in your mouth.
Even my pickiest eater found it delicious and easy to eat.

I followed the recipe closely (mainly because in the chaos of everyday life, I’ve been taking shortcuts lately with less than desirable results! Ugh!)
The only change I made was to use Vegeta vegetable stock instead of the beef stock.
I’m assuming this wouldn’t have changed the taste too drastically.
And with some fresh crusty bread, we couldn’t get enough.

The kids loved it so much I put the leftovers into wraps for their school lunches the next day.
They all said it tasted as good as the night before.
And what an awesome school lunch!

For me, this has been one of the tastiest dishes in Dorie’s Around My French Table cookbook.

I’m keen to see if the rest of the French Fridays with Dorie group loved it as much as I did???


French Fridays With Dorie: Beef Daube

I was meant to make the Braised Cardamom-Curry Lamb for this week’s French Fridays with Dorie group.
However, unlike last week, I looked at the recipe with my husband and kids around me.
Lamb with apples, figs and raisins!
It was too late!
They saw the recipe and knew too much.
I didn’t even attempt to convince them it would be okay.
I felt tired, weak and outnumbered.
So, I caved.
I chose the safer option.
Dorie’s ‘My Go-To Beef Daube’.
I joined the group after this recipe had been made and always thought I’d like to try it.
So I did!

The preparation was simple and the smells that filled the house were incredible.
It made me feel happy, content, and filled us all with anticipation for the final product.

I’ve been raised  on Yugoslav “manja”, so while I found this a little bland, everyone else in my family enjoyed it.

I can’t wait to read what the French Fridays with Dorie gang thought of the Braised Cardamom-Curry Lamb.
Now that sounds like an intense and exciting flavour experience!
Right up my alley!