Saturday, September 12, 2009

Pot-Au-Feu and Bianca

Pot-au-Feu is another dish that Bianca describes in Rune Factory Frontier. Like Bavarois, you will not be able to obtain any Recipe for Pot-au-Feu, although it actually is nothing more than a form of Stew.

A traditional Pot-au-Feu is a meat stew that cooks slowly for many hours. Usually, a cheaper cut of meat is used, and if bones and marrow are included, so much the better. The meat is cooked to the point where it falls off the bone and then creates a thick, almost gelatinous stock. Root vegetables then are added and the result is a 'Pot-au-Feu', which translates to 'Pot on the Fire'.

In one description of a traditional recipe for Pot-au-Feu, the writer suggests that the cook should:
'Flavour the pot with a bouquet garni (a bay leaf, parsley stems, and thyme tied together with leek), onions studded with whole cloves, and sometimes garlic.'

Pot-au-feu, despite the glamour of the name to English ears, is a hearty peasant dish.

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