Thursday, December 16, 2010
Recipe For Disaster
I've been behind on reading blogs, so I've been a little less then productive writing them myself in recent days, but I thought I'd do a bit of copy and pasting here. Maria blogs a recipe once a week in her blog, so I thought I'd do the same. Well, only once. I'm not actually a cook; I'd probably burn water if I tried it.
I found the recipe for this online, and it's a favourite dish, perfect for the winter. It's a Dutch stew, relatively simple, and despite the name, it's not a marijuana recipe. At least none of the versions I've eaten.
If you're going to try this out, disregard the instructions that don't seem to have anything at all to do with cooking. That's just me being me.
Hutspot met Klapstuk (Hot Pot with Boiled Meat)
4 cups (1 L) water
2 tsp (10 ml) salt
2 lbs (1 kg) fresh brisket of beef
2 lbs (1 kg) medium-sized carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch (1 cm) dice
3 lbs (1.5 kg) boiling potatoes, peeled and cut into 8 pieces
3 cups (750 ml) coarsely chopped onions
Freshly ground pepper to taste
And one bottle of wine; you'll be drinking during the cooking.
Bring the water to a boil in a heavy 3 quart (3 L) casserole. Drink one glass of wine.
Add the salt and the meat and bring back to a boil, skimming the surface of the water to remove the scum and fat that rises to the surface.
Answer the phone. No, you're not interested in life insurance. The one you've got is just fine. Drink more wine.
Partially cover the pot, reduce the heat, and simmer for 2+1/2 to 3 hours. Check the water frequently; it may be necessary to add more in order to keep the meat immersed.
Let the dog out. He's been looking at you with those eyes. Yes, you know the ones I mean. Pour yourself more wine.
Add the diced carrots and continue to simmer for 30 minutes, then add the potatoes and onions. Simmer uncovered until the vegetables are soft and the liquid is almost all evaporated.
Answer that knock at the door. You'll find an irritable English chef desperately in need of anger management therapy. He'll be cursing a lot. Give him the kick in the ass he deserves. Close the door. Drink some wine.
Remove the meat from the casserole and set aside. Using a wooden spoon, mash the vegetables to a puree in the casserole. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
Ignore the hammering at the door and the cursing. The chef tends to do that a lot.
Transfer the puree to a heated platter, forming a mound in the center. Slice the meat across the grain and arrange around the vegetables. Serve at once, accompanied by spicy brown mustard and a good quality dark bread.
Serves 4 to 6.
Clean up, and then answer the door for the police. Tell them it was your idiot brother in law that you don't like anyway. Watch the police haul him away. Explain to your sister why her husband's being taken away in cuffs.