Somehow, there was a holiday last weekend.
Runner Girl was home - and magically, the planets lined up in just the right way so that we even got to spend time with her.
There was lots of cooking. Lots of baking. Special requests. Ingredient hunting.
And lots and lots and lots of laundry. I don't know how one tiny little girl can have so much stinking laundry.
Her sister just shakes her head at it all.
Anyhoo... back to ingredient hunting.
I don't know about you, but I never imagined that there would be a day when I was disappointed because I couldn't find beef cheeks in the grocery store.
Wait... Back up.... I never thought the day would come that I would seek out beef cheeks in the grocery store, let alone experience disappointment in not being able to find them...
Yup. I just said that.
I was on a mission to make "Beef Cheek Daube with Carrots and Macaroni" and there were no cheeks to be found. I did secure one very lovely chuck roast.
Confession: I told the peeps that it was pot roast. I have a one eater who very strongly objects to all things stew-like (and I am sure that if I used the word "daube" I would have been the recipient of dirty looks all evening and an uneaten dinner). Sometimes, one must do The Needful in order to maintain balance in the Universe.
That's okay. I used up two cups of "Some one's" very nice Malbec to make the daube/ stew/ pot roast. One might say that was probably a tad passive-aggressive of me. Or, perhaps one might say I was just being practical and using up a bottle of wine before it took in too much air. It is a shame when too much air happens to good wine, right?
I consider myself to be a practical sort of gal...
Since 3/4 pound of carrots is mighty paltry in my carrot loving world, two pounds went into the pot.
And since I was already "going all crazy" with the chuck roast, rogue Malbec and double carrots it seemed a no-brainer to trade out the macaroni for egg noodles.
I have a very strong opinion about the place of macaroni in this world.
It belongs in one place: macaroni and cheese. Not in goulash. Not in stew. If you are making a mac salad - use rings - or even better, small shells. Keep the elbow macaroni for the mac-n-cheese... Just sayin'
That being said, the "pot roast"- not stew - and carrots over egg noodles was a huge hit in the House of Cher. After dinner, I asked the peeps to guess the secret ingredient (chocolate) and no one freaked out.
The moral of this story: Sometimes, its all in the name... If you call it a "pot roast", they will eat it.
This post participates in French Fridays with Dorie where a group of home cooks are working their way through Dorie Greenspan's Around My French Table.