The Le Creuset Cocotte
A Winter Casserole with our new best friend

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This autumn we have got a new best friend: Our Le Creuset Cocotte – or for those of you who don’t speak French: Our Le Creuset Casserole. I have been longing for one of these for years, circling around those colourful, heavy pots in many stores. That’s why I was over the moon, when we signed up for the third Brussels Food Friends meeting in Maasmechelen Village. (If you have never been: It is a Designer Outlet about 115 kilometres East of Brussels). On the programme: A cooking demonstration at the Le Creuset Store.

I don’t want to go into too much detail, only this much: A friendly cook made a fabulous, hearty stew of pork cheeks. He talked us through all the steps – and at the end we even got a taste. All of those who love cooking know that a good stew takes its time. So while the pot was on the stove we had the opportunity to browse the shop, and, yes, we did buy a Le Creuset of our own! (Size 27, fantastic for two very hungry eaters. Actually, this size is for four people!)

Since then we have been conjuring up some great stews: One of my favourites was a stew of “Beef, Pumpkin and Jerusalem Artichokes”. This weekend, however, we decided it was time to reproduce the stew from the Le Creuset Store at Maasmechelen Village. They had kindly supplied us with the recipe (which you can find here)!

Obviously it was a bit of a hunt to find Pork Cheeks in the vicinity. We got our local butcher to order us some. And then it was time to put our aprons on and get cooking …

… but see for yourselves:

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It starts with the pork and the onions – and soon you add garlic and wine.

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Next: A couple pieces of chocolate (we had run out of Belgian dark chocolate, oops!) and, though it may sound strange at first, a piece of bread with mustard.

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While the stew is simmering for 45 minutes, you have enough time to chop your mushrooms (and take some pictures, if you want 😉 )

Ten more minutes with the mushrooms in the pot – et voila:

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We ate the entire contents of our Le Creuset Cocotte. That’s why it has taken me a couple of days to write this post. I was so full – and satisfied 🙂