Friday, April 25, 2014

Green as Spring Veal Stew and a Make-up for French Fridays

It’s not easy being green….this weeks pick for FF’s is Green as Spring Veal Stew


It's not that easy being green;
Having to spend each day the color of the leaves.
When I think it could be nicer being red, or yellow or gold-
or something much more colorful like that.

But green's the color of Spring.

And green can be cool and friendly-like.
And green can be big like an ocean, or important like a mountain, or tall like a tree.
by Kermit the Frog
Or Green as Spring Veal Stew!


This really was delicious, and Bill approved!
This week French Fridays went green! When I read through the recipe my first thought was….Bill’s never going to eat this!  However, I missed my post last week due to the Easter Holiday and hosting my three grandchildren for the week. It’s not easy trying to keep up with two six year olds and a ten year old…but we did it, and we had a lot of fun! I couldn’t miss another week! Besides, this group is supposed to be about learning and trying new things!  So I pushed my skepticism aside and jumped in! I did make a few changes to suit our tastes…I should say Bill’s taste.
The stew consists of veal cubes being stewed in a broth made up of chicken broth, water, carrots, celery, onions and garlic for about an hour and a half. Then the recipe calls for reducing the broth and adding a mixture of greens and herbs to the reduction. This mixture then gets pureed…I used my Vita-mix. The pureed mixture then gets put back into the pot, with the veal and some creme fraiche to thicken the sauce.  This is where I went a bit off track. My hubby is not a fan of greens, although he loves peas…so I thought…if I substitute peas for the spinach, and tell him it tastes like pea soup, he would at least try it! Not only did he try it, he totally enjoyed it! Two helpings later he told me it was delicious. However, he wished the gravy were brown…go figure! 
I served mine with simple boiled potatoes, and it was a perfect dinner for a lovely spring evening. Believe it or not, this one was a winner! We both loved the wonderful spring flavors. Despite the fact that the color is a bit of a turn-off, we enjoyed it! I also made my Baby Bok Choy, Sugar Snap Peas and Garlic en Papillote.  Another green dish! This one I ate alone…quite tasty!  It’s not easy being green! Happy Friday everyone!

The recipe for "Green as Spring Veal Stew" can be found here, or in Dorie Greenspans cookbook “Around My French Table”. To see a recipe for the Baby Bok Choy you can find it here. To see what the other Dorista did with this one, check it out here.


Stewing the veal
If you can get past the day-glo green color…it is quite tasty
 This is my make up...Baby Bok Choy, Sugar Snap Peas and Garlic en Papillote….another green dish! I really liked this one…Bill didn’t even try it!

25 comments:

  1. I love your make up! Bok choy and snap peas...both are my favourite veggies. My husband is not a big fan of green too, but I surely am. The stew looks delicious!

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  2. I had high hopes that Bill would like this...he ate it, but wasn't a fan. Like your Bill, he wouldn't touch the bok choy, either!!!
    PS I think grandchildren always take precedence :)

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  3. I love the idea of peas... it would make the sauce even lighter and even more Springy... nice bok choy.

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  4. I love your ode to Kermit the Frog. Glad it was a hit with the family.

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  5. Love the Kermit reference, and your baby bok choy looks fantastic. You get my vote for best photo of that dish.

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  6. Hooray for Kermit! Your stew and bok choy look wonderful. The stew color is bright, but so spring-like, it makes me smile. Hope you have a great weekend, Kathy!

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  7. Best plating so far! Mine looked gross! Love your make-up dish too!

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  8. Yup, it was a green week at FFWD. Your green and my green are about the same "hue". Have you ever known to boil the impurities out of your meat? Is it just veal or all meats? I did it but had never heard about that technique. I think I would love this sauce over just plain pasta. And the bok choy, I loved, loved, loved that combo. Since Bill wasn't a fan, you can always use the leftovers for a fritatta. That's my latest "go-to" for using up leftovers.

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  9. Clever, clever Kathy. You turned the green as spring stew into cheating on Bill's tastebuds soup :-) (Remember the cheating on winter pea soup we did a while ago?)

    Glad you enjoyed!

    P.S. I love Kermit!

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  10. It looks great, Kathy - and I am sure the peas were a great flavor to add! It reminds me of a lot of Provençal dishes "au pistou." It also sounds like you had a great time with your grandchildren - moments that you never want to give up! ~ David

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  11. Your dishes look fabulous!! I'm just now making mine, with a veal chop I had in the freezer from when I never got around to making "the" veal chop. It does smell delicious so far. I'm glad that your sauce worked out - just beautiful. Hopefully mine will be a hit too - I guess we'll see tonight!!

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  12. Look delicious Kathy, love this plate!

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  13. Kathy your husband's reaction proves that we eat with our eyes as much as with our tastes. Kathy, do you have a Baby Bok Choy, Sugar Snap Peas and Garlic en Papillote recipe or is this a stupid question? I am not really up on French cooking. :-)

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  14. Kathy, your green stew looks absolutely delicious...perfect for spring, and all year round! Hope you had a wonderful Easter with your family!

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  15. I had more success with the picky family members in a recent recipe where the Swiss Chard was pureed. Perhaps we are on to something Kathy!

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  16. Glad you had fun with your grandkids. My stew was not as pretty green as yours. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  17. Don't you just love that "tired" feeling you get when taking care of your grandchildren Kathy? It's so different than say, laundry tired, lol...I'm so happy you got some some to spend with them. I'll be seeing mine real soon. May 7th actually:)

    Your soup looks so inviting even if it is green, not one of my favorite colors but definitely Kermit's:) I haven't made Veal Stew in quite a while. Marion has been on a Veal Chop kick lately. Perhaps I can convince her as you did Bill:)

    Looks festive and delicious, Kathy...Thanks for sharing...

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  18. I don't think I've ever seen a green stew quite like this. I'm sure it's delicious if it's from Dorie's book.I would have done the same thnig for my husband. Afterall why go to the trouble if your the only one that's going to eat it, so you might as well make it so everyone will hopefully enjoy it. Great save!

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  19. I haven't been able to locate proper veal to do this one yet. I loved the bok choy, though I haven't posted about that one yet. Hope you had a fabulous Easter with your family!

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  20. We do very well with "green" here so I need to make this. I love the spring look of it and I love beginning the post with Kermit!

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  21. I love the song from Kermit the Frog! It's not easy being green but it looks like this stew was a big hit with the group last week! I've missed way too many recipes I have to get my act together and do a huge make up post for all of them!!

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  22. I love peas. Though we liked our green stew as it was, I think i'll enjoy the pea version more. Next time !

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  23. Your plate is so pretty and colorful! This one was a fun surprise. It was hard to imagine before making it, but the sauce was delicous.

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