beef bourguignon

I’m two months into my Lindeman’s ambassadorship now and really enjoying getting to know these delicious wines, I’ve enjoyed using them in cooking and the latest idea, completely inspired by our recent holiday in France, was a Beef Bourguignon but instead of using the traditional red Burgundy I was going to replace it with a bottle of Lindeman’s Bin 45 Cabernet Sauvignon.

Could it be done?

Of course it could.

Beef Bourguignon is a simple and very tasty casserole, I cooked mine in the slow cooker and the meat was really tender. The basis of the Bourguignon is beef, bacon, onions, mushrooms and red wine (Burgundy). You can find top chefs altering ingredients and adding others on the net but I pulled out Delia’s recipe from her Complete Cookery Course book which I inherited from my father.

Her recipe is cooked on a low heat in the oven for a couple of hours, the only other change I made was to use gammon steaks as I didn’t have any streaky bacon.

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Beef Bourguignon slow cooker recipe
 
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A French classic with a #sunshine twist beef braised in red wine and garnished with gammon, onions and mushrooms. Classic beef bourguignon is made with red Burgundy wine.
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Recipe type: Main meal
Cuisine: French
Serves: serves 6
Ingredients
  • 1 kg chuck steak cut into bite size chunks - remember they will shrink cooking
  • olive oil
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 1 heaped tbsp flour
  • 1 bottle of Lindeman's Cabernet Sauvignon (normally a red Burgundy for the classic recipe)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 350 g small onions - I used a jar of sweet onions
  • 250 g gammon steak cut into bite size pieces
  • 150g sliced mushrooms
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Heat some oil and saute the chunks of beef until brown on all sides
  2. Add the sliced onion and soften and brown too. Add the chopped garlic.
  3. Sprinkle over the flour and stir well.
  4. Add the wine - I used the whole bottle but just make sure the meat is covered, stir well.
  5. Season and cover, set slow cooker on high for 4 hours.
  6. One hour to the end of cooking add the gammon cubes, onions and mushrooms. If you're not using jarred onions like me then soften them first in a frying pan.
  7. Continue cooking until 4 hours are up and check the seasoning at the end.
  8. We served with new potatoes and a broccoli & french bean side
Here is how I’ve been using Lindeman’s wine in my every day cooking. First up the Beef Bourguignon with Cabernet Sauvignon and it was delicious.

beef bourguignon

 

Secondly adding a drop of Shiraz really added some oomph to my Bolognese sauce.

bolognese sauce

 

I added a glass of Sauvignon to my turkey stir fry and it worked extremely well.

turkey stirfry

and I marinaded our steaks in a delicious concoction (recipe to follow) with some added Shiraz for a real Ta-dah! moment.

marinade for steaks

There’s still the whole of September to come up with more ideas so watch this space.

Lindeman's help yourself

It’s almost a month now that I have been one of Lindeman’s sunshine ambassadors and I must confess to really enjoying this role. As mentioned in my wine tasting tips post each glass of wine contains about 1000 drops of Australian sunshine and sunshine makes me happy.

food on table

So how have I been adding sunshine to people’s lives? Well we can start with a family barbecue where 22 of us got together to celebrate the twins 6th birthday and also my mum’s recovery from her brain operation undergone a month ago which scared the living daylights out of me but I’m happy to report she is her usual sunny self and right up for the Lindeman’s wine tasting I had planned for her.

Lindeman's ambassador

We offered 2 whites, 2 reds and a rose to the crowd and set them free on the wine and snacks, their only duty was to inform me what they thought of the wines. Well youngest brother liked them so much he asked if could take a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Chardonnay home with him to ‘ponder more deeply on the fruits and flavours each wine held.’ ;) How could I say no?

dom and me

Mum liked the Pinot Grigio most of all. Nan had a Chardonnay diluted with blackberry cordial and lemonade (I know guys, I know but she’s 94 and that’s how she likes it)

bbq moments

The sister in laws loved being part of this sunshine project and I heard many discussions from them heading off in all tangents. One minute they were on Rose the next on Pinot Grigio and the world was being put to rights once again.

Our friend John and his wife Ann who joined us for the day tried the Shiraz and there were nods of approval all round.

The family party was a success and Lindeman’s complimented perfectly the laughter, conversation and fun of the day.

My next wine tasting was with my lovely school mums; we have the most fleeting conversations at drop off and pick up as each of us running to the next appointment/activity/home.

Me to a school mum at pick up: ‘How are you? All ok?’ 

Mum to me whilst grappling with a tired year one and a baby who doesn’t want to stay still but be on the move in her pram: ‘Yes. I’m fine thanks – baby slept all night!’

Me to hassled mum with smile of understanding: ‘Brilliant news. We must find time to chat sometime!’

school mums

So I did find time and on the second to last day I sent a message via good old Facebook and invited all mums of the class to pass by my back garden for a glass of sunshine.

I was very pleased with the turnout of 7 mums, they were very pleased with the wine and it was lovely to sit and chat about holiday plans, Year Two thoughts, books we were reading and plenty more. It’s these small moments that connect mums in their busy lives and keeps that smile going until we meet again in September when we’re all running around from school to activities and trying to keep track of EVERYTHING once again.

Special note to Lindeman’s the school mums LOVED your wine and are available for any future tastings – you have their word ;)

Happy holidays lovely mums!

I saw Lindeman’s Shiraz on sale in the motorway services at the Waitrose shop we stopped at yesterday on our way back from Camp Bestival. I had taken a bottle of the Cabernet Sauvignon with me to drink there but of course no glass and no alcohol must be taken into the Festival so it has returned home with me because by the time I got back to camp I was not in need of any more wine ;)

So Lindeman’s thank you for allowing me to add sunshine to the people’s lives above. I can say that I have enjoyed a glass of an evening watching the girls play in the garden and enjoying Britain’s fantastic weather, I have added a drop of your Shiraz to a homemade ragu, which was delicious even if I do say so myself and I have opened a bottle when a lovely friend popped by out of the blue to say hi.

I’m looking forward to see what the next month brings Lindeman’s, who knows where my wine will take me this time?

Lindeman's sunshine wine box

When a fabulous wine company like Lindeman’s contact you to say, ‘We want you to be our sunshine ambassador.’ it is one of those days when you feel really, really lucky.

That happened to me at the recent BritMums Live where Lindeman’s were present as a sponsor and offering glasses of their superb wines to all of the bloggers who passed by their stand, yes it was a busy stand!

Needless to say with such an important role placed on my shoulders I popped back frequently to try as many as I could for you dear reader.

lindeman's sunflower

Lindeman’s is Australian wine that has brightness and vitality that comes from 1000 hours of sunshine in every drop of wine. How cool is that? That means it’s definitely worth sharing.

Doctor Henry Lindeman started back 170 years ago in the Hunter Valley planting the first vines in 1843, (that’s just above Sydney for you and me.) You can find out much more on the Lindeman’s website

Lindeman's map

I’m working together with Helen from The Crazy Kitchen and the wine range for our summer promotion is

  • Bin 95 Sauvignon Blanc
  • Bin 85 Pinot Grigio
  • Bin 65 Chardonnay
  • Bin 35 Rose
  • Bin 45 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Bin 50 Shiraz

Of course, Lindeman’s have a range of wines to suit any occasion but we’ll be focusing on these for now.

Lindeman's wine tasting

Working in the family hotel in Italy I completed my first step of the sommelier course as we would hold weekly wine tastings for our guests. They were a huge hit as people liked to hear a little bit more so I’d like to pass on a few tips I learnt on tasting wine just in case you were interested too.

My Wine Tasting tips

A wine tasting will be so much easier on a white background as shown in the photo above. White tablecloth or white paper both work well.

  1. Look at the wine. Tilt the glass and seek the colour of the tongue or edge of the wine. White wines darken as they age so a very young white wine may often have green reflections whereas an older wine will be moving towards a more golden colour. Young red wines often have a purple tint to the edge and the older they get the browner they become.
  2. Swirl your wine in the glass. This is done to fill the wine with air allowing it to mix and give off it’s aroma. Sniff the wine by going right in to the glass, this will allow you to get a full sense of smell. My sense of smell isn’t as good as others (ex smoker) but many wine experts will tell you which flower, vegetable or even spice they can detect.
  3. Watch for the ‘arches’ on the side of the glass. A wine’s viscosity is also a great way of understanding more of the wine you are tasting. The longer lasting the ‘arch’ left on the glass in between swirls most likely the higher the alcohol content and indication of a more full bodied wine.
  4. Now for the expectorating. Take a sip and don’t swallow. Roll the wine in your mouth over all of your tastebuds. You will be able to detect sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami (meaty or savoury). Feel for the texture of the wine and a sense of weight.
  5. Now draw in some air through your lips, this is called aspiration and once again allows you to smell the aroma whilst tasting at the same time. Professional wine tasters would then spit into a spitoon as they may be going on to taste quite a few.
  6. Now take another sip but slurp it so you take in air at the same time. You don’t have to make a loud slurping noise for this part, it will probably make people turn around and look at you. Note the differences in texture and flavour
  7. Look out for the aftertaste. How long does it last? do you like it?

That’s it, have fun and learn something about what you’re drinking along the way. These are the bottles (minus the Sauvignon Blanc) to look out for if you want to join me and fill your summer with Lindeman’s sunshine.

Lindeman's wines

Find out more about Lindeman’s on Facebook chat with them on Twitter and check out their beautiful sunshine images on Instagram

Tell me one of your favourite moments of the day for Lindemans wine. Personally, mine is a 6 o’clock glass. Join me?

Disclosure: I am working with Lindemans wine over the next few months to tell you more about their wines and how they bring sunshine into my life.