November 7, 2010

Beef Soup Bento minus the dumplings

Beef soup minus the dumplings bento with pistachios, orange and pear wedges and one of Keira's halloween goodies.
 Hello everyone, hope you all enjoyed your weekend. Can it be over already? Have you turned back your clocks? I wasn't aware that this was the weekend to do that so I woke up quite early this morning. It's a wonder I made it through the day I felt so groggy.

Playing outside and breaking in her new suit!
Hanging around..

It's been raining a lot lately but this weekend, we were blessed with sunshine! It wasn't warm but at least there was sun. Keira decided to try out her new salopettes (her new ski/winter pants) which I was able to buy at the Orage warehouse sale for... 25 bucks! And it matches her coat.. woot! To be honest, I wasn't sure the pants would fit her. It's a size 5t. It looked big. It fits her from the inseam and legs but I now realize that Keira has a short torso. So, the legs fit just perfectly, the straps are loose and hanging.. ah well. I don't want to cut the straps as next year, these salopettes will go to the donation bin and I want the next kid wearing it to have the option of adjustable straps.

Last week, I saw a lot of soups being made for lunches and suppers and I thought what better way to enjoy cold weather but to make some soup myself. I have my trusty Jamie Oliver cookbook and I like to make his Beef Stew with ale and dumplings. Minus the dumplings. lol. Call it what you want in different cultures: dumplings, gnocchi, shujebi.. I can't make myself swallow little slippery chunks of flour.

Les Brasseurs de Montréal Écossaise beer, the last of my garden tomatoes and butternut squash..


The recipe itself is quite simple: beef cubes coated with flour then added to sizzling oil in big pot, once all sides are nice and golden crisp add garlic and onions.. I don't usually add the pancetta as per Jamie's recipe. He's obsessed with pancetta! (Pancetta is everywhere in this cookbook!) Then I added my green stuffs and my stock (I also added a bit of beef bouillon) and 1 bottle of beer. I usually like to add a rousse or something with a  sweet twist to it but this time, I tried Les Brasseurs de Montréal's Black Watch Écossaise, which is a deep brown colour with a caramelised flavour. I'm not a beer connoisseur by the way. But this beer added a deep flavour to the soup. Then I added butternut squash, rutabega, grelots (small potatoes), carrots and the last of my garden tomatoes. I waited til the end to decide if I wanted to thicken the soup as a stew or keep it as is with broth.

Since there is so much flavour and I added chicken stock to the soup, there's really no need to add salt. And voila! My bento lunches for this week! All I need to add is crusty bread with butter..

14 comments:

Sandy a la Mode said...

YUMMY!! this lunch looks sooo delicious!! i wish i could come over to your house right now! ;)

KLT said...

YuM-That's one of our favorite cookbooks! Love Jamie Oliver- we have many of his books- but I haven't tried that soup yet. Perfect for this sort of weather. Wow, I loved that extra hour today- I slept. But damn did it get dark early. I could crawl into bed now... Have a good night Chantale!

sherimiya said...

Excellent! Good idea for the cold. Sounds goOooooood and yummmmy! Have a great week and stay warm!

Leah said...

Oh I have a major cold here and that soup looks so amazing!

Luvs!

Audrey said...

I'm salivating over here! That soup sounds perfect for this cool fall day. I've never added beer to a beef stew but I will the next time I make it.
Those bento lunches are so fantastic. Good job Chantal.

Nani said...

omg soup sounds wonderful right now. Especially because it is so cold! Also I am after drooling over those orange slices yum!

Will @ Bright.Bazaar said...

I love Jamie Oliver - he is such a dude!

OhayoBento said...

It sounds and looks fantastic! I've been in the mood for some beef stew, I should try that recipe :)

Lia Chen said...

Soup is a great choice for the cold weather! So thoughtful of you to prepare this kind of bento for K. I love K's Hello Kitty hat ♥

Chantale said...

Alright everyone, come on over for some hot soup and crusty warm baguette! lol. I think there's enough for everyone.. : )

Chantale said...

Oh Lia! This bento lunch is for moi! lol. But Keira can have some if she wants. heehee!

kribss said...

i will have to get that jamie oliver book-the beef soup sounds delish! and lucky you to have a orage warehouse- i LOVE my orage sweatshirt!!

love keira just hanging around : )

Lia Chen said...

Ok, I definitely missed that bottom part stated about your bento. Speed reading went wrong LOL :D

Susan Yuen said...

Oooooh that beef stew looks delicious!!!! This is a bento my daughter would love to have. Paige could live off of beef stew.