Former French president Jaque Chirac once said, "One cannot trust people whose cuisine is so bad." Within earshot of reporters he went on, "After Finland, it is the country with the worst food."
A UK spokesman said: "There are some things that it is better not to comment on."
What are they known for? Shepard's pie, fish, chips, potatoes, cabbage soup, toast and beans? Whelp, personally I am not the biggest fan of French food. While living in France there were some things that made me want to vomit.
Beef Wellington is a famous British dish. Some people have said it is difficult to make. I am always up for a challenge. Today I will be making Beef Wellington, and I will be following the recipe from famous British chef Gordon Ramsey.
The first problem I encountered making Beef Wellington was that I did not have any prosciutto. I used bacon instead. I cooked the bacon a little because I am not taking any chances. The second problem I had, was that I did not prepare enough bacon and mushroom paste to ensure that the filet could be properly rolled out. So I had to go back and fix some things. I made some more bacon, and spread everything out a second time. I also wrapped and refrigerated the Wellington twice. The good thing about this recipe is that it can be made the night before.
One of the things about being a self-taught chef is that we need to learn by trial and error. Unlike baking, we can usually go back and fix things that went wrong with steaks or assemblies. Below is Gordon Ramsey´s simple Beef Wellington Recipe. He did update his recipe with a lovely Christmas version.
Before we look at my photos, here is what Wikipedia had to say about the history of Beef Wellingtong
The origin of the name is unclear. There are theories that suggest that beef Wellington is named after Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. Some theories go a step further and suggest this was due to his love of a dish of beef, truffles, mushrooms, Madeira wine, and pâté cooked in pastry, but there is a noted lack of evidence supporting this. In addition to the dearth of evidence attaching this dish to the famous Duke, the earliest recorded recipe to bear this name appeared in a 1966 cookbook. Other accounts simply credit the name to a patriotic chef wanting to give an English name to a variation on the French filet de bœuf en croûte during the Napoleonic Wars. Still another theory is that the dish is not named after the Duke himself, but rather that the finished filet was thought to resemble one of the brown shiny military boots which were named after him.
Naomi´s Beef Wellington Photos....
|Mushrooms cooking out the water|
|Important step: chill the Wellington to retain cylinder shape|
|I made these markings with a knife|
Final Thoughts... Gordon Ramsey makes this look a lot easier than it is. I had a hard time cutting into the Wellington. I reassembled them for the photos. These are what I call my happy mistakes. Julia Child fumbled in the kitchen and had no problem broadcasting her mishaps to the world - neither do I. Mistakes happen. I do not want anyone looking at my perfect photos thinking that this is how it will come out on your first try.
So, enjoy your Beef Wellington!
So, enjoy your Beef Wellington!