2012/04/26

Kind of, sort of (FFwD: Navarin Printanier)

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How are you?

Lamb stew. Yeah. Uh. Kind of. But not quite.

This month's FFwD have been kind of rough. Now, the asparagus and bacon - we were cool with each other. The sardines and coconut... Well. Let's not talk about those, shall we?

But there was no way I was going to pass off a lamb stew in my house - even if I used trickery. It's a sad day when trickery isn't even going to fly.


I don't know if it's just me or not, but this is what pops into my head when I hear the word "lamb"


Yeah, I know. I know. Try getting that out of your head now...  Or don't try - because trying only makes it worse.
So we went a slightly different direction - the bovine direction.

You have to understand.

You see, we kind of live surrounded by farm country. Depending on which way I drive to work I pass anywhere between five and twenty (or more) farms. For real.

One of the farms we regularly drive by is a sheep farm. Like multiple times a week. And in the spring, they have these cute little lambs frolicking amidst all the other sheep. They are so tiny and adorable. They are not for dinner; they are for romping around the field and being cute.


Don't get me started, okay?

So we used a chuck roast and lots and lots of vegetables.

Vegetables don't have cute eyes that make your heart melt - unless you leave your potatoes in the pantry for too long - but those eyes are not cute. They're just kind of creepy. Sometimes, I think they blink. Which is super creepy.

I think it's safe to say that vegetables + eyes is not a good thing unless you are planting a garden...


I couldn't find any turnips, so I used parsnips instead. And in  lieu of buying a bag of carrots, I threw in a bunch of kale in a fridge cleaning moment. And while I am sure you understand the turnip - parsnip connection, you are probably somewhat confused by the kale - carrot relationship. Don't spend too much time trying to figure it out. It was a random decision. No logic need apply.

So let's recap, other than the lamb, carrots and turnips, I totally almost followed the directions.

It is the thought that counts, right?


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40 comments:

  1. Okay, so glad I'm not the only one who either has Lambchop or Mary Had a Little Lamb running through my head when it comes to eat lamb....just really can't do it. This looks great, and I'm sure I'd love your version - especially with that great kale:)

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  2. Looks like you ended up with delicious stew in the end, anyway.

    Having fed the sheep on my parents' hobby farm, I have over the years developed a certain amount of resentment toward ovine kind, which sort of counterbalances the cuteness factor. I am a terrible, callous person, I know.

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  3. Ah, geez, man ... that's practically a winter stew. (The original recipe, not just your changes.). I couldn't go there right now, not with my spring garden bursting out in green. This *has* been a tough month, hasn't it? Sardines, shredded coconut and stew. Ew. My word....

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  4. I wondered if it might work with another meat. This was nice with lamb but just ok... Glad to know I can do it with beef too :)

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  5. Looks great, Cher - I'm going to be a bit late since John is on his way home from VA and I didn't want to make this just for me...

    I am making the Hungarian Shortbread tonight, however. Have a lovely weekend.

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  6. Hopefully next month is better. I'm excited about most of the recipes. I'm never excited to make bread, so not sure about that one, but the rest of the recipes look good.

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  7. Love the song and, no, never heard it but it was nice to see Shari and Lamb Chop again! Although I love lamb and enjoyed this week's recipe, I agree that this was one tough month. The TWD/BWJ recipes saved it for me. But, May looks good.

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  8. Those baby lambs sound deliiiiiicious. I'd lick their cute little faces. haha I can't imagine kale in this. Good job making the recipe work for your family!

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  9. That is a great twist, adding kale sounds great and I bet it is delicious too. Sorry, I used leg of lamb for this classic stew :p Have a great weekend!

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  10. I get so annoyed with Lambchop that, um, well... you get the idea. I love lamb stew. lol. I don't see why, however, any change ups would be objectionable. I finally got to the sardines and, eh. And I love sardines. Oh well. Rough month all around if you ask me.

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  11. I think that totally counts! ;-) and it looks great too!

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  12. What a fun and interesting post with great photos/link! And the beef option also crossed my mind, lamb is not a common staple in stores around here.

    Enjoy your weekend!

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  13. Cher, I have those same aversions to veal…cute baby cows slaughtered before they even learn to stand…a slight exageration…but I understand food aversions! Your stew looks lovely. Glad you all enjoyed it! Have a great weekend!

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  14. Cher, Did you break the FFWD Site when you posted your comment? JUST ASKIN'

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    1. Hey, my post was not the LAST comment...

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    2. So I wasn't the only one who had issues with the site today huh? Your stew looks great Cher. I used beef too although I wish it was lamb! I think the kale sounds delicious - I like it so much better than spinach in soups.

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  15. Hah, I wonder how many of us went the beef route instead of lamb! And, yep, the FFwD site seems, indeed, to be broken!

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  16. Love what you did with with the recipe! If I hadn't had company to help hubby eat the lamb I would have gone another route too. Thanks for the song...I needed something else to run in a never ending circle around my brain:)

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  17. I wonder if Dorie is reading these comments and wondering "what part of Lamb do we
    not understand" Only kidding, I used the beef also, and mentioned it to Tricia who
    followed me on that score. All kidding aside, this was a great dish and I love your addition
    of kale which hubby and I love. I usually do that with bacon drippings and it is great.
    Have a happy weekend.

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  18. The thought definitely counts! I didn't even have a chance to glance at the recipe to find out what the name means! :) Your stew looks hearty and perfect for this weather (when is it ever going to warm up?). Sometimes it's more important to adapt the recipe for the taste of the diners.

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  19. Good fix with the beef versus lamb. The only thing that made using the lamb worse was that it came all the way from New Zealand...and to think only a year ago or so I was a vegetarian....the fall was quick and hard!! (I did actually like the lamb in the stew, but I don't need to do that again!)

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  20. I"m actually thankful it is TOO HOT here for stew of any kind...coming in from mowing the lawn in 100^ temps and sitting down to a bowl of hot stew...well, can't do it. And...I used to tend my grandpa's lambs...feed the orphaned ones with a bottle and take care of the old sick ones...they used to follow me around the farm. Never been able to eat lamb. But fun to see what everyone is doing. Maybe stew in January is a good idea.

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  21. I happen to enjoy lamb, but your version is truly inspiring. I'm not having any trouble with Shari and the Lamb Chop image. What I can't quite shake is one of the potatoes with sprouting blinking eyes. I hope May is full of new favorites for you.

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  22. I think that it's nice to stick to the recipe when we can, but I also think they are meant to be a starting point and certainly using what you have on hand, and also what you and your family like, makes perfect sense to me. I enjoyed the recipes this month, but not sure I feel the same about the May recipes, well, except maybe for the chocolate banana tart. :)

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  23. Glad you were able to make this one your own and it was a hit. I'd have to go with beef too... just can't bring myself to eat lamb.

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  24. Is it wrong that I'd eat a cute, frolicking little lamb before I'd go near a sprouting potato with super creepy eyes? Something about those potatoes gives me the heebie-jeebies.

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  25. Hey, at least you posted an entree ;) It looks yummy, Cher!

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  26. Oh no! Don't ruin it for me with images of little frolicking lambs! We loooove our lamb. Actually I think it's a real Aussie thing to love lamb!
    Your stew looks great!

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  27. Aw, I cansee yourpoint about the lamb. We don't live near farms, so I don't see lambs regularly and don't have a problem eating lamb. Except when I go to a sheep and wool festival. After looking at all the cute little lambs, it is impossible for me to see them as meat. I love the kale addition!

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  28. Too funny! The thought and spirit of the recipe is totally what counts. I love kale in beef stew, so I bet it was really good!

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  29. We went with beef too. I couldn't justify the cost of the lamb ... especially when no one at my house really cared! I'm glad to know I wasn't the only one who had issues with Dorie's site. I was beginning to feel a little inept!

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  30. Ouch! Did you have to remind me of Lamb Chop? That cute little lady? I think we had one of her relatives for dinner. She comes from delicious stock. I always follow recipes to the letter, just like you do!

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  31. Ha! I think a lot of people subbed in beef. And that's a funny image you had there, "creepy potato eyes".

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  32. Your dating yourself with lamb chop I remember her oh so well. I used parsnips too I think the are very close in taste. Too bad you didn't give the lamb a try my kids who don't eat very much red meat really liked it. I felt it was lighter and easier to digest than beef.

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  33. bwahahahaha, I love that you "almost totally followed the recipe" except for... That is my kind of cooking!

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  34. I had a pet lamb once, and it took me many, many years before I could eat lamb without feeling like I was betraying my dear pet. But somehow I managed, and now I cold-heartedly, but happily, enjoy lamb stew.
    But I happily enjoy beef stew too, and yours looks exceptional. Never would have thought of adding kale, but why not?

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  35. I wish I had thought to use more greens in my own stew! :) I think it totally counts :)

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  36. Nice interpretation. By the way, that was my mom's reaction about the lamb in the lamb stew. I did get a chuckle out of that but would be quick to switch to meatless if any cute 4 legged, wide-eyed critter was in front of me when I was choosing protein! Sometimes, I really think about the vegetarian lifestyle....

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  37. You know, I think beef chuck is a perfect substitution. I don't have a problem with lamb, but while I was eating my stew it occurred to me that beef would be just as good with that tasty broth and mix of veggies. Good job making this work for your family!

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  38. I like that you use the recipes as inspiration - it's great to just use things that are already in the fridge sometimes. And thanks for the lamb chops reminder!

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