In 2006, I learned that veal is quite unpopular in the UK and whilst it is produced there, a lot of the production is then exported as the Brits just don’t want to eat it. Janet Street Porter did a section on the consumption of veal in Gordon Ramey’s F Word exposing that people did like the meat once they’d tasted it, it was just their perception of veal that stopped them buying it! After the show, Waitrose reported that the sale of veal had increased by 45%… oh the power of the television!
Veal is one of my favourite meats which I have had the chance to discover since living in France and its such a shame that more people outside of France don’t eat it. I don’t really like meat that much at all, I could be a part time vegetarian in fact, but veal is so tasty and tender I just love to eat it!
I was looking for something easy to cook for my guests last night and was happy with this recipe I found:
Veal Sauté with Aubergines
1.2 kg of veal, diced
2 tins of chopped tomatoes (or about 8 fresh tomatoes chopped)
3 teaspoons of curry powder
1 bunch of fresh coriander (or 6 soup spoons of frozen)
1 bunch of chives (or 4 soup spoons of frozen)
1 pinch of cayenne chilli pepper
Chicken broth (I used Maggi Bouillon de Volaille)
Salt & Pepper to taste
Peel and chop the onions and dice the aubergines and tomatoes (if using fresh tomatoes).
Heat some oil in the bottom of a saucepan and then gently fry the veal with the onions for about 10 minutes.
Add the curry powder and herbs (keep some of the coriander back to use for presentation). Season to taste and cook gently for 3 minutes.
Add the tomatoes, aubergines (there will be loads and loads but they reduce right down so don’t worry), the cayenne chilli pepper and the clove.
Cover with the chicken broth and leave to cook but stir frequently on a low heat for 1h30.
Serve with rice.
Drink suggestion: White Chateauneuf-du-Pape (Rhone Valley)
Whilst I didn’t drink the recommended wine (hubby had already opened red) I did enjoy this meal and I believe my guests did also. I think I’d put a little too much cayenne pepper and not enough coriander (I forgot to add the fresh coriander back into the dish before serving) as the taste was spicy but didn’t have the full flavour I’d been hoping for. All in all though, it was a quick dish for me to actually put together which meant that I spent time with my guests rather than time in the kitchen.