Stews, Casseroles, and Curries

After the fast-food revolution, slow food is enjoying a renaissance as more and more people take time to make and enjoy delectable stews and casseroles. Its almost mystical, the way disparate ingredients are transformed by slow cooking into a dish in which all the different flavors blend to create a harmonious whole. Provencal Beef and Olive Daube and Lamb and New Potato Curry are fine examples of the genre, but there are also many other dishes that cook more quickly.

Coq Au Vin

Coq Au Vin

This is a famous Burgundian recipe that is garnished with little onions and mushrooms. It was the height of fashion in the 1960s and it is back in vogue again.

Provencal Beef and Olive Daube

Provencal Beef and Olive Daube

A daube is a French method of braising meat with wine and herbs. This version from the Nice area in the south of France also includes black olives and tomatoes.

Lamb And New Potato Curry

Lamb And New Potato Curry

This dish makes the most of an economical cut of meat by cooking it slowly until the meat is falling from the bone. Chillies and coconut cream give it lots of flavor.

Green Fish Curry

Green Fish Curry

Any firm-fleshed fish can be used for this delicious curry, which gains its rich color from a mixture of fresh herbs; try exotics, such as mahi-mahi, hoki, or swordfish, or humbler fish, such as coley. Serve it with basmati or Thai fragrant rice and lime wedges.

Curried Prawns In Coconut Milk

Curried Prawns In Coconut Milk

Another wonderfully quick and easy dish, this features prawns in a spicy gravy.

Brodetto

Brodetto

This robust fish and tomato stew comes from Italy. There are many versions, but all require flavorsome sun-ripened tomatoes and a good fish stock. Make sure you buy some of the fish whole so that you can simply simmer them, remove the cooked flesh and stain the deliciously flavored juices to make the stock.