- dw & i did not celebrate xmas. he's not big on the holiday and since i don't have a strong attachment to it myself, we ix-nayed it. instead, we slept in, took goofy visa pictures of each other in preparation for our Vietnam trip next month, and went to see a movie. (Sherlock Holmes. he rules.)
- my affection for young adult fiction has merged over to young adult tv shows. i finished Life Unexpected and now i'm deeply involved with Roswell.
- i don't mind mind winter running when my ears are warm. who knew a headband + running skull cap would be the answer to getting me to run in this cold?
- i like deer meat. i, who wept when bambi's mom was shot & he was orphaned, adore this gamey protein.
- i don't particularly care for red wine. so when i did a search for this recipe & it called for the use of red wine, i inwardly sighed. i also wasn't all that surprised when i looked at our stash of wine & all the bottles were white. and so i made this with white wine.
- and. um. damnit. i used a packet of onion soup mix to season the meat before searing it. there. that's it.
adapted from a spicy perspective
packet of onion soup mix
4 strips of bacon
2 lbs. deer roast meat, chopped into large 2 inch chunks
3 big carrots, chopped into large chunks
2 onions, roughly chopped
6 cloves garlic, smashed
1 container baby portabella mushrooms, sliced
½ cup bourbon
3/4 bottle white wine, i used chardonnay
2 cups water (or stock)
2 TBL tomato paste
thyme, rosemary and a bay leaf, you could get fancy & make a Bouquet Garni
4 TBL butter, i used soy margarine
¼ cup flour
cook up bacon in pan until done & crispy. remove from pan, set aside.
meanwhile, season deer chunks with onion packet, or salt & pepper. Brown the meat on all sides. do in batches, add too much meat in the pan and the mean just steams.
transfer some of the fat or oil into a pot. add in the onions, garlic & carrots. cook for a few minutes until onions are soft & translucent. add the meat to the pot. pour in bourbon, wine, and water. throw in the tomato paste & herbs. cover.
bring to a boil, then lower heat to simmer for a few hours. i let it go for 3 hours. in the last hour, added the mushrooms.
in a bowl, mush the butter + flour into a paste. stir into the stew until thick.
i served this with roasted cubed potatoes.
wishing you and yours a delightful 2012.