Oh the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
And since we’ve no place to go
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
There’s not much that I like about snow, but being snowed-in is actually a lot of fun. (Who knew!?!)
To start, there’s a roaring fire in the fireplace.
And plenty of red wine.
Mal and I are drinking a bottle of Garnacha de Fuego, which is absolutely perfect for a wintery night. Check out the description:
A bit of smokiness on the nose is balanced by berry aromas of blackberry and blueberry. Smooth flavors of spice, vanilla, and raspberry have a nice finish of subtle tannins that make this wine enjoyable by itself or with a variety of different meals from pizza to a perfectly cooked and seasoned steak.
We also made a fantastic meal for dinner. And, of course, we’re sitting around in PJ’s and slippers!
I’m in the final week of my Cookbook Challenge, so I flipped through The Bon Appetite Cookbook to find a warm, hearty, and comforting recipe for dinner tonight. It didn’t take my fingers very long to find the ‘Stews’ section of the cookbook, and Beef Bourguignon was an easy choice. Ever since I watched Julie & Julia (here’s my review), it’s been on my list of recipes to make. A snow storm was the perfect reason to do so!
Earlier today, Mal and I reminisced about the French cooking class that we took back in June. We had such a blast cooking together, we decided to turn tonight’s meal into a similar affair.
We turned on some tunes, poured ourselves each a glass of wine, and got down to business in the kitchen.
Mal tended to the meat while I managed the veggies and ingredient prep.
The Beef Bourguignon was very time-consuming (from beginning to end, it took about 2 hours), but totally worth it!
It turned out so well! I’m really proud of us!
The sauce was thick and rich; the meat was tender and flavorful. Delicious.
It tasted especially amazing with a couple of pieces of whole wheat “rustic” bread and a glass of red wine.
For dessert, I enjoyed two pieces of homemade chocolate-covered toffee. I really wanted a third piece, but I waited a few minutes and the urge passed. This is also a small victory for me.
Apparently, being snowed in also includes lots of video games.
See ya in the morning!