Winter Dinner Party At Home… Part 2, the food!!

“Wine is one of the most agreeable and essential ingredients in life” – Julia Childs

It’s been rather chilly here in the Algarve. With winter in mind, whilst having a few glasses of red wine with a dear friend, Coq au vin was confused with Beef Bourguignon.  Thus the menu unfolded that Beef Bourguignon was going to be the main meal of the night.

Bourguignon means Burgundy, named after the region in France where this dish originated. One of the most important factors when making this dish is to use a good red wine that you would actually drink. Best is either a Cabinet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chianti or a full bodied Burgundy. (This is a very expensive option though)


My research began with the help of my reliable friend “Google” on how to make Beef Bourguignon and where it originated.  In my search for the perfect recipe, I came across this formidable story of Julia Child and her love for French cooking.  She managed to bring the art of French Cuisine to the American market. For a little more insight’s_kitchen.

In the process of my research, I came across the movie that was produced in 2009 called Julie & Julia with Meryl Streep. It reflected on the life of Julia Child and her love for French food and voila I found Julia Powell’s recipe for “Beouf Bourguignon”. The obvious next step was to watch the movie and get inspired. Definitely worth a girlie throw-back moment to 2009.

My Menu for 8:

  • Welcome drinks: A chilly night called for a Ruby Port to be served setting the ambiance for the dinner ahead
  • Mezze Platters:

Mixed leafy greens topped with beetroot seeds and tossed in a herb dressing

Shaved smoked salmon and prawns

Smoked Salmon pate

Stuffed Jalapeno peppers (jar of pickled Jalapeno peppers and then pipe in some soft goat’s cheese)

Cherry tomatoes on the stalk roasted in balsamic vinegar, brown sugar and olive oil

Spicy sweet Chilli sauce

Homemade Bruschetta

  • Beef Bourguignon recipe:

Served with medium sized noodles

  • Dessert (I always keep this as simple as possible):

Mini Profiteroles, Mini Eclairs and Fresh Berries served on my favourite cake stand for all to nibble on

Great evening with friends, sharing good food, wine, loads of laughter and our new homeJ The sign of happy guests is when all are tucked into their food they don’t even notice the photographer.

Hello Portugal,  we here to stay!

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