I did however do the cooking bit of the challenge on time, whilst on our travels, and took advantage of the well equipped (not to mention scenic) kitchen in Tongue Youth Hostel, coupled with a stainless steel vacuum food flask to make a very passable Beef Bourginon.
Our May 2012 Daring Cooks' hostess was Fabi of fabsfood. Fabi challenged us to make Boeuf Bourguignon, a classic French stew originating from the Burgundy region of France.
A word of forewarning to any Bourguignon purists out there - this is by no means authentic! But I am very proud of it - and of the village shop in Tongue that managed to supply the key ingredient.
|Boeuf Bourguignon a la Tongue Youth Hostel|
|Not exactly mise en place!|
And the method... chop and brown the onion in oil, then dice the beef and add it, stirring until browned. I cut the beef into fairly small pieces, just in case the vacuum flask cooking didn't go so well! Then I added the chopped carrot, mushrooms, tomato puree, a sprig or two of rosemary and the wine and brought it to the boil. In the meantime I put some boiling water into the vacuum flask to warm it. As soon as it was boiling, I poured the water our of the flask, poured the beef in, sealed the lid and then.... crossed my fingers and left it for 24hrs.
|Ready to go into the flask|
|This has to be one of the most scenic dish washing views I've ever seen|
|Beef Bourguignon a la camping|
|Sporks - the sophisticated camping cutlery of choice...|
|...here's a closeup of the rain!|
But to finish up, I thought I'd share three stunning views from the front door of Tongue Youth Hostel