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Drejk wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

I swear, am I running a household or a restaurant? I'm about to hunker down for the 6-hour magnificence that is Julia Child's been bourginon, which she herself describes as, "certainly one of the most delicious beef dishes concocted by man". Yes. It's a simple beef stew that takes at least 6 hours to make, then I'll be serving it with mashed potatoes and green beans.

Then our week goes:
Sunday: Leftovers
Monday: Shrimp scampi with asparagus and garlic bread
Tuesday: Takeout. Kids' choice
Wednesday: Leftovers
Thursday: Fettucini alfredo
Friday: Takeout. Kids' choice

Not a bad week-o-food, but our menus are beginning to get a bit silly.

Don't let going into positive net worth get into your head!

*said Drejk who spent over the last two months more money than he spent over the previous four months...*

** spoiler omitted **

The only really expensive thing on the list is the shrimp. Beef stew meat and potatoes are U.S. staples, so they aren't expensive. Alfredo sauce is butter, cream, and cheese; again pretty cheap. And the kids pay for their own food for the Friday night game.

So on the one hand, yeah, the takeout is typically $25 per person, compared to $6-$15 cooking at home. But we only do it once a week where we pay for it.

EDIT: And yes, two hours in to the beef bourgingnon and I've got my first sit-down break. This had better be good.


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NobodysHome wrote:

I swear, am I running a household or a restaurant? I'm about to hunker down for the 6-hour magnificence that is Julia Child's been bourginon, which she herself describes as, "certainly one of the most delicious beef dishes concocted by man". Yes. It's a simple beef stew that takes at least 6 hours to make, then I'll be serving it with mashed potatoes and green beans.

Then our week goes:
Sunday: Leftovers
Monday: Shrimp scampi with asparagus and garlic bread
Tuesday: Takeout. Kids' choice
Wednesday: Leftovers
Thursday: Fettucini alfredo
Friday: Takeout. Kids' choice

Not a bad week-o-food, but our menus are beginning to get a bit silly.

What a coincidence! I was planning on absconding with GothBard around dinnertime on Monday AND Thursday!


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And there we go.

I've been cooking for 45 years now. This dinner (Julia Child's official Beef Bourgignon) is the single-most work-intensive dinner I have ever made, Thanksgivings included. It took me 2.5 hours to get the bourgignon in the oven, then another hour to prepare the onions and mushrooms (which, of course, being French, must be prepared separately and only put in at the very end). My side dishes (mashed potatoes, micro potatoes braised in broth, and green beans) were only another 20 minutes of prep.

So after almost 4 hours, I get a break of about an hour, at which point I need to start final preparations, which will be another 30-45 minutes of work.

Let's hope this dish tastes decent!

EDIT: But I think that's at the core of my love/hate relationship with Julia Child. Her cookbook starts right off with a warning (and I paraphrase): "This cookbook is not for people looking for shortcuts. It is not for being looking for butter substitutes, or low-fat cooking, or cooking on a budget. It is for people who love to dine, and who are willing to put in the effort necessary to make it an exquisite experience."

Every single dish I've made from her cookbook has been "the best xxx I've ever tasted". Even simple things like roast chicken are made divine by her touch. Yet no dish has taken less than 2 hours all told with LOTS of attention.


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*Rushes out. Gets a big hunk of beef. Cubes it into big pot with tomato juice. Adds seasoning, taters, carrots, celery, onion, bell pepper, and cabbage. Simmer till taters are cooked. Pour a glass of whiskey. Enjoy with your stew. Beefbourbonbeside.


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Freehold DM wrote:
NobodysHome wrote:

I swear, am I running a household or a restaurant? I'm about to hunker down for the 6-hour magnificence that is Julia Child's been bourginon, which she herself describes as, "certainly one of the most delicious beef dishes concocted by man". Yes. It's a simple beef stew that takes at least 6 hours to make, then I'll be serving it with mashed potatoes and green beans.

Then our week goes:
Sunday: Leftovers
Monday: Shrimp scampi with asparagus and garlic bread
Tuesday: Takeout. Kids' choice
Wednesday: Leftovers
Thursday: Fettucini alfredo
Friday: Takeout. Kids' choice

Not a bad week-o-food, but our menus are beginning to get a bit silly.

What a coincidence! I was planning on absconding with GothBard around dinnertime on Monday AND Thursday!

After you finish your plate you will be too languid and groggy for absconding.


NobodysHome wrote:

And there we go.

I've been cooking for 45 years now. This dinner (Julia Child's official Beef Bourgignon) is the single-most work-intensive dinner I have ever made, Thanksgivings included. It took me 2.5 hours to get the bourgignon in the oven, then another hour to prepare the onions and mushrooms (which, of course, being French, must be prepared separately and only put in at the very end). My side dishes (mashed potatoes, micro potatoes braised in broth, and green beans) were only another 20 minutes of prep.

So after almost 4 hours, I get a break of about an hour, at which point I need to start final preparations, which will be another 30-45 minutes of work.

Let's hope this dish tastes decent!

EDIT: But I think that's at the core of my love/hate relationship with Julia Child. Her cookbook starts right off with a warning (and I paraphrase): "This cookbook is not for people looking for shortcuts. It is not for being looking for butter substitutes, or low-fat cooking, or cooking on a budget. It is for people who love to dine, and who are willing to put in the effort necessary to make it an exquisite experience."

Every single dish I've made from her cookbook has been "the best xxx I've ever tasted". Even simple things like roast chicken are made divine by her touch. Yet no dish has taken less than 2 hours all told with LOTS of attention.

Definitely not a cookbook for me.


I love Impus Major for his honesty. After 4.5 hours of work in a 6-hour cook cycle, he tried it and his response was, "It's just beef stew. I could go to any street corner and buy a bowl of this for $5."

So an absolute strikeout for Julia Child, but now I know. I'm not even bitter -- I enjoy trying new and ambitious things, and sometimes they fail. And if you let fear of failure stop you from trying, you'll never have any fun at all.

EDIT: Well, GothBard disagrees, and thinks it's better than street beef stew and on the level of restaurant beef stew, but it's still not worth the effort.


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In what country does I. majorii imagine he can find a bowl of edible beef stew on a street corner for five bucks? Actual beef, not "beef" (squeak).


Now try with the same ingredients but cut the preparation time to minimum putting everything more or less at once, skipping the unnecessary complications.


lisamarlene wrote:
In what country does I. majorii imagine he can find a bowl of edible beef stew on a street corner for five bucks? Actual beef, not "beef" (squeak).

For $5 it would be hard to get a bowl of beef stew even here. If he aimed for a pork stew, he might have had a chance, pork is cheaper here than beef.

Maybe outside of major cities, he could get it at that price.


We now await the tiebreaker vote of Impus Minor.


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Buying a bowl of "beef stew" for $5 on a street corner in the Bay Area sounds like a great way to find out what cat meat tastes like. Also, a great way to get dysentery.

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