On my weekend jaunt across the border I bought myself some beef. I had the idea that I would make beef bourguignon from my new recipe book "The Complete Robuchon". Nice simple meal, beef, burgundy, onions. Nope. 19 ingredients (mind you that is including spices). Cooking time, 2 and a half hours plus 25 minutes for the onions, 5 minutes for the lardons and 10 minutes for the mushrooms. 5 pots or pans. 5!!!!
As we say in Australia "bugger that for a game of soldiers".
Beef in beer instead. 7 ingredients. 1 frypan, 1 crockpot - much better!
900g diced beef
3 medium sized onions, sliced
3 large carrots chopped up
500g new potatoes (cut larger ones in half)
2 large cans of beer (or one bottle)
2 beef stock cubes
Chop the carrots and cut in half the bigger of the potatoes. Put in the crock pot/casserole.
Heat up a fry pan with a little oil, and brown the meat in batches and add to the crock pot. Cook the sliced onions in the pan till softened and a little browned. Pour some of the beer into the pan to lift the delicious browned bits from the pan. Pour into the crockpot and add the rest of the beer and the stock cubes. If using an electric crock pot, cook for 8 hours on low. If using a pot on the stove, simmer gently for 2 hours.
How easy is that? Ok so it takes a while to cook, but effort? Almost zero and the taste... delish!