Rich Beef Stroganoff Wyld Style

Beef Stroganoff Wyld Style

Beef Stroganoff Wyld Style

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Sometime ago I wrote of Beloved’s famous Stroganoff, and gave you my meatballs version. This is the original in all of its glory. On face value it’s chunky and bucolic, but each delectable morsel has its own subtly layered flavours that blend together into an exquisite whole. Enjoy with buttered noodles and the rest of the bottle of wine you cook it with. Choose a full bodied wine for this, one with a slightly acid finish, such as a Merlot or Cabernet.

Tipsy Chicken Leftovers Alfredo

Tipsy Chicken Leftovers Alfredo

Tipsy Chicken Leftovers Alfredo

Given the digestive dramas Beloved suffers when ingesting large amounts of cream, it is rare that I cook this style of pasta sauce. Recently however, I began experimenting with almond and/or coconut milk as a substitute, and I have to say I am most pleased with the results. A generous splash of cider, a few fresh herbs, a large dollop of garlic and some bacon ‘n onion made a delicious (and surprisingly low fat) accompaniment to some vegetable pasta. Leftover roast chicken never had it so good.

Meatball Stroganoff

Meatball Stroganoff

Meatball Stroganoff

One of the things that initially drew Beloved and I together was our love of cooking. Back in the day, he ran a little bistro that had become justifiably famous for his amazingly rich, complex Beef Stroganoff. He has cooked it for me many times, and I am always struck by how “layered” the dish is. The trick, you see, is to cook it as three dishes linked by the creamy sauce. Meat, mushrooms, bacon bring their own unique element to the mix and the flavours play together magically. I’ve used this method and added my own twist. 

Super Cheaty Apple Berry Flan

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Apple Berry Flan

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The onset of the Silly Season brings all sorts of pressures, not the least of which revolve around food. What to buy, what to serve, what to take to the many functions that cluster around the end of the year. Don’t kid yourself, “bring a plate” has become a full contact sport, with no quarter given. Celebrity chefs and gourmet outlets spruke all sorts of exotic delicacies to help you “win” .. at a price. Sod that. This dessert manages to look stunning and taste delicious while being super cheaty to make. Fast, fool proof and won’t bankrupt you .. the only real difficulty is get it there without eating it on the way 🙂

Bloomasu

Bloomasu .. your health my Dears :)

Bloomasu .. your health my Dears :)

If I had to use just one word to describe myself, I would choose “eclectic”.  My various pursuits have brought me into contact with every hue in the kaleidoscope of society from dull grey conservatives to  iridescent rainbow eccentrics. I could never understand the poor blind souls sniffing disdainfully at “wierdo hippies”. Some of my friends are so dazzling, they rival the most ostentatious Bird of Paradise.  How can anyone not see the joy in such friendships, or appreciate the irony of crazy people that keep us sane?

For me the very brightest of these luminous beings are Gypsy Otter and her Cavalier Rake.