How to cook a great Bœuf Bourguignon in 7 simple steps

The other day, Grumpy Boyfriend was laughing at me and my blog. ENCORE! You’re calling yourself Frenchie Mummy and you don’t even have any recipes on it. Isn’t the favourite hobby in France? Cooking in a big white kitchen, a glass of wine in the hands and a necklace of garlic after you cycled on your vélo to the local marché to get all your fresh ingredients? He is not very wrong indeed… I do that pretty much every day!

It goes without saying that I am a wonderful cook. Being Frenchie, I am indeed une cuisinière hors paire. I remember the days when my mum would cook lovely meals in the kitchen. I would occasionally help her. Par exemple, I have wonderful memories of us preparing some fondant au chocolat and me licking the chocolate cake mixture out of the bowl.

But let’s get to the point. First time ever that super maman is willing to share with her readers her best recipe to date. The one indeed that made Grumpy Boyfriend falling under my spell. Le classique Bœuf Bourguignon.

Ready? Off we go for 7 simple steps and enjoy some great Frenchie food.

  1. Drive or in my case, walk down your local COOK. Don’t forget to stop by the boulangerie to get some Frenchie baguette. Oh non, we are in the UK so it’s going to be difficult… Instead get some wine and an extra bit of cheese, even though you already have some brie, a Camembert and some cheddar in the fridge. You’re not exclusive or nationalist, so you don’t mind helping the British economy by buying the last one…
  2. Go back home and put the oven on.
  3. Pour yourself your first glass of wine. You’re also allowed to have a little bit of cheese, or crisps if you prefer. Get whatever you are in the mood for basically.
  4. Just follow the instructions on the box. You can also serve the side suggested.
  5. Now, you have about 15 minutes of freedom where you can do the following:
  • Play with your dearest enfant(s) – I played with Baba all day long! It’s definitely Grumpy Boyfriend’s turn!
  • Watch some TV – You don’t have any, you dummy mummy!
  • Read some posts from bloggers you love – Getting better…
  • Rather go on your own blog and check / answer comments made by other people. You are getting so popular. God knows if you will even have enough time! But you settle for that. It’s much more fun than the other ideas.
  1. Ding! Your hard work is finished. Time to get serious. You might be on your second glass of wine by now and you already had half of this gorgeous Camembert from Normandie…
  2. Put your lovely apron on. Dish out in your most beautiful porcelain and your homme is well impressed by your culinary talents. Now, enfin, he realises how lucky he is to have found you…


Alors? Loving my best secret? You’re more than welcome. Please feel free to share with us your best recipes. You never know. You might inspire me to get in the kitchen for real and transform myself into une fée de la maison to Grumpy Boyfriend’s surprise.


Do you think that Frenchie Mummy is funny and played you all along well? You seriously didn’t believe that she was a great cook! Don’t be too ashamed. Vote for us for the Mumsnet Blogging Awards 2016 for the Best Comic Writer category. If you haven’t done it yet, you have  until 31st July.  It’s very simple; just click on the link above. Merci from a domesticated goddess, well almost…

Please, vote for us in the category NEW BLOGGER ON THE BLOG

This post is part of the monthly link up party Our Growing Edge. This event aims to connect food bloggers and inspire us to try new things. This month is hosted by Sophie from Cooking Trips.                      our-growing-edge-badge                           Cuddle FairyBest of WorstHot Pink Wellingtons

MummuddlingthroughLife Love and Dirty DishesThe Pramshed
You Baby Me Mummyethannevelyn
Mummy in a Tutu

Proud winner of  

Mummy Fever - Share With MeNew Mummy Blog


  1. July 19, 2016 / 9:54 am

    Brilliant – that’s even easy peasier than my beef bourguignon recipe. I do particularly like the addition of Camembert!! Must try that version next time 😉 Eb x

    • thefrenchiemummy
      July 19, 2016 / 11:14 am

      Thanks for stopping by

    • The Smiling Pilgrim
      July 20, 2016 / 5:41 am

      The pictures literally have my mouth watering hah

  2. July 19, 2016 / 10:22 am

    An entertaining read! I made Bœuf Bourguignon once at the request of my mother for Mother’s Day. It was a lot of effort but worth it. Maybe next time I’ll use your recipe 😀

    This post would make a great addition to Our Growing Edge, a monthly blog link up just for new food adventures. It’s a fun way to share your new food experiences with other foodies. This month’s theme is TRAVEL which includes any recipe or food experience inspired by travel or another place.

    More info including how to submit your link here:

    • thefrenchiemummy
      July 19, 2016 / 11:15 am

      I will have a look. Thanks for inviting me.

    • thefrenchiemummy
      July 19, 2016 / 11:28 am

      All linked up, thanks for the tip. Will share this link on twitter right now xx

  3. Dragons And Fairy Dust
    July 19, 2016 / 12:17 pm

    Genius! I love beef bourginion but it does take a while to make. Yours looks lovely

  4. Nige
    July 20, 2016 / 5:47 am

    I love this never had it but certainly will give it a go as yours looks lovely #bestandworst

    • thefrenchiemummy
      July 20, 2016 / 6:47 am

      I know ? I can’t give out all my Frenchie secrets…

  5. OddHogg
    July 20, 2016 / 7:11 am

    Now this is my kind of cooking! #sharewithme

    • thefrenchiemummy
      July 20, 2016 / 7:14 am

      ☺ Thanks for stopping by x

  6. July 20, 2016 / 1:52 pm

    Mmmm mmmm looks good and I like your style without a doubt! Thanks so much for linking up lovely #bestandworst

  7. reimerandruby
    July 20, 2016 / 6:55 pm

    Looks yum… I’m glad I’ve found this blog, I’ve always wanted to make one but don’t know how. Thanks for sharing your recipe. #sharewithme

  8. mumaontheedge
    July 21, 2016 / 5:30 am

    I nearly spat my coffee out at the word COOK!
    hahahaha. I’m not the only one who ADORES that place then?!
    no? good..
    I love it so much my husband banned me from going there for a few months saying I could easily create their food at home, from scratch, everyday, and much cheaper.
    Yeh right. after 2 weeks of basically fishfingers or pasta for dinner he has allowed me to darken its door once more.
    You really had me there -Ii really thought I was settling down to a good recipe session to put a halt to the fish n chips!!!
    This is BRILLIANT xxx

    • thefrenchiemummy
      July 21, 2016 / 5:38 am

      ? I am not that bad at cooking but this recipe is super long so scrap it! Cheese and wine are a better way to spend my time. Thanks for reading x

      • mumaontheedge
        July 21, 2016 / 5:43 am

        I couldn’t agree more!!!! Xxxx

  9. anywaytostayathome
    July 21, 2016 / 6:51 am

    I need to add more wine drinking and cheese eating to my cooking. Clearly the steps were missing from every recipe I’ve ever followed. Making them all wrong! #TheBabyFormula

    • thefrenchiemummy
      July 21, 2016 / 7:27 am

      Absolutely! thanks for inviting me and commenting x

  10. July 21, 2016 / 7:35 am

    I was expecting a boring straight recipe post and thinking I’d just comment politely, but this was a great surprise and made me smile. Time is too precious for complicated culinary activities. #StayClassyMama

  11. July 21, 2016 / 8:27 am

    Looks delicious , beef bourginon is one of my favourites so must give your recipe a try! Thank you for sharing #TheBabyFormula

  12. July 21, 2016 / 10:49 am

    And there I was with pen and paper ready to take notes!! You cannot beat good cheese, crusty bread and some saucisson sec (which you didn’t mention!) Parfait! #stayclassymama

    • thefrenchiemummy
      July 21, 2016 / 2:56 pm

      Of course le saucisson ?

  13. July 21, 2016 / 11:31 am

    Frenchie! so disappointed, I thought I was going to get an authentic French recipe ! but this is much more my style too 😉 #stayclassymama

  14. Over Heaven's Hill
    July 21, 2016 / 11:57 am

    Gotta say I’ve never been a fab of this dish, but man you’ve made my stomach rumble! looks delish #sharingthebloglove

  15. July 21, 2016 / 11:59 am

    Haha loved this – you had me all the way along, I was expecting the recipe at the bottom! I’ve never heard of COOK but it seems I’m missing out!? x #coolmumclub

    • thefrenchiemummy
      July 21, 2016 / 2:59 pm

      Yes you are! I can’t believe you don’t know it. They make amazing sweets too. Thanks for reading xx

  16. dearbearandbeany
    July 21, 2016 / 12:14 pm

    You had me fooled, I kept on scrolling down expecting to find a secret recipe. The pictures do look amazing, but it just takes so long to cook! Thank you for joining us for #SharingtheBlogLove Laura x

  17. July 21, 2016 / 3:34 pm

    Best “recipe” ever! Love this kind of cooking! I’m more of a baker, but really want to get better at cooking! It’s definitely a next step for me!! #SharingtheBlogLove

    • thefrenchiemummy
      July 21, 2016 / 4:05 pm

      For me too ? thanks for reading xx

  18. July 21, 2016 / 4:32 pm

    Ha I hope they give you a free one for your this great review! Love the sprig of flat leaf parsley. Does Grumpy boyfriend not look for signs of cooking eg discarded onion skin, half finished bottle of red cooking wine etc? Easy to please then and glad it works for you guys 🙂 ps we occasionally use Cook too when we come back from holiday and can just pop it straight from freezer into the oven.

  19. July 21, 2016 / 7:35 pm

    Excellent! I have yet to try cook. I seem to promote them alot but never tried! #fridayfrolics

  20. Tooting Mama
    July 21, 2016 / 8:54 pm

    Bonjour Franchie Mummy, superbe, très drôle!

    I’m living in Paris, spend my days dragging my pousette around but I have discovered Picard – the answer to my prayers!

    Keep making me giggle! Bisous TMx

    • thefrenchiemummy
      July 21, 2016 / 9:10 pm

      I love Picard too. Merci pour le commentaire xxx

  21. July 21, 2016 / 8:57 pm

    Bonjour Franchie Mummy, superbe, très drôle! I live in Paris now thinks I ought to be paying visits to markets, boucheries, boulangeries and patisseries – but I have discovered Picard, the answer to my prayers!

    Keep making me giggle, loving your blog, bisous TMx #SharingtheBlogLove

    • thefrenchiemummy
      July 21, 2016 / 9:10 pm

      Contente que ce soit drôle xxxxxxxxx

  22. Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons
    July 22, 2016 / 9:24 am

    You’re my kind of cook! And this is a recipe I can get on board with (especially the chilling out with a glass of wine bit!) Thanks so much for joining us again at #SharingtheBlogLove

  23. July 22, 2016 / 6:24 pm

    Ha ha classique…(er is that even french?). I was seriously getting ready to pin an easy dinner idea as cooking family meals is getting SO last season…but, the funny in this post made it even more spesh.
    Thanks for sharing it with #coolmumclub x

  24. July 22, 2016 / 7:11 pm

    This is my kind of cooking, avec wine and cheese!! Lady after my own heart. Looks delish xx #bloggerclubuk

  25. mummyfever
    July 23, 2016 / 7:49 am

    This looks stunning ! My man would love this – rapidly becoming a huge fan of your blog and writing style. Thanks so much for linking up to #sharewithme

  26. July 23, 2016 / 9:20 am

    Haha brilliant! You had me hooked for a second there that Frenchie was going to teach me how to make a French classic dish I could wow the boys with. So we have a Cook in Brighton and my other half is always tryng to convince me to let him get our Christmas dinner from there….maybe I should be a bit more open minded 😉 Fab post lovely #coolmumclub

    • thefrenchiemummy
      July 23, 2016 / 9:31 am

      I am sure you would not be disappointed. You should try their appetizers or their cakes maybe. At Xmas, I am more traditional. Grumpy Boyfriend cooks the dinner, roast of course. Or you get invited so I don’t have to cook! ? Thanks for stopping by xx

      • July 23, 2016 / 9:32 am

        I think you’re right there – I have a suspicion Cook is a way for the boyo to get out of cooking xmas dinner lol!

  27. July 23, 2016 / 10:23 am

    The picture looks great, I was even thinking I might attempt it! I will attempt the cheese and wine instead, a much better plan! This made me giggle!


  28. July 23, 2016 / 5:15 pm

    You had me fooled. I clicked thinking ok she will know exactly how to do this and make mine better! Ha ha. Great. I will send you my fabulous home cooked recipe. #fortheloveofBLOG

  29. July 24, 2016 / 4:58 am

    I would like to see more recipes from you, especially for a decent French onion soup as I’ve always wanted to try that. I had a good chuckle reading this post, as is usual with yours. Thanks for linking up to #fortheloveofBLOG!

    • thefrenchiemummy
      July 24, 2016 / 7:50 am

      I am not sure you will see recipes’ posts any time soon…But if I find an onion soup recipe, I will adapt it my way for you. ?☺

  30. July 25, 2016 / 7:02 am

    Ha ha love it! I love to cook but we still have a”ding!” dinner at least once a week 🙂 Good for you lol X #blogggerclubuk

  31. Silly Mummy
    July 26, 2016 / 12:50 am

    My sort of cooking! Before I had children, my piece de resistance was cereal. For every meal. I now feel compelled to make actual meals for my children. Though it is very likely cereal would be better than my cooking! Thanks for linking with #FridayFrolics. Hope to see you again next week!

  32. July 26, 2016 / 7:13 pm

    I’m going to be honest, I thought I was going to skim through a recipe and pretend that I would try this at home but actually just shove some shit in the oven because I literally CANNOT cook for the life of me. But actually, this seems fairly easy and you made me laugh throughout the “recipe” so I love it!! Haha thanks for sharing this deliciousness with #StayClassyMama!

  33. July 26, 2016 / 8:32 pm

    I’ve never heard of COOK, but that picture is making my mouth water. Fab post, I really thought you’d give the recipe somewhere… but this was much more fun and definitely like the wine and cheese involvement 🙂

    Thanks for sharing on #TheBabyFormula, hope you can link up this week too x

    • thefrenchiemummy
      July 26, 2016 / 10:42 pm

      You never heard of Cook?! Omg you must be a goddess mum who cooks delicious meals all the times!!!! So jealous. Seriously check it out, it is lovely and thanks for liking my post xxx

  34. July 27, 2016 / 12:39 am

    This looks simply delicious! I love to cook and try out new recipes then twist them to how I like things. Your pictures make me want to eat this so bad! #MMBC

    Jordanne ||

  35. July 29, 2016 / 1:54 pm

    Yep, my kinda cooking. I prefer standing round with a glass of wine and chatting to the actual cooking although I do make a mean boeuf bourguignon! Tor x #FabFridayPost

  36. Unhinged Mummy (aka Janine Woods)
    July 29, 2016 / 6:39 pm

    Lol I was drawn to this post on #fabfridayposts because i love beef bourginon but have only ever made it from a packet. I thought great, 7 easy steps to make it from scratch but it seems that I’ve been doing it right all along 😉

    • thefrenchiemummy
      July 29, 2016 / 10:33 pm

      If it involves more wine than my recipe, then you have it right for sure ? Thanks for reading x

  37. Petite Pudding (@petite_pudding)
    July 29, 2016 / 7:56 pm

    This is my kind of cooking! Unfortunately my husband has recently requested that I do try at least one a week to cook rather than shove stuff in the oven… ooh its gonna be tough! #fortheloveofblog

    • thefrenchiemummy
      July 29, 2016 / 10:35 pm

      Good luck! thank god, Grumpy Boyfriend is not that fussy about what we eat x

  38. July 30, 2016 / 3:37 pm

    The Frenchi mum and the Yiddisher Momma have a lot in common!
    Except we’re veggies… #fabfridaypost

  39. July 31, 2016 / 9:24 am

    Haha Absolutely brilliant! Very clever writing. I think my grumpy boyfriend would love this too. Thank you for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost ?

    • thefrenchiemummy
      July 31, 2016 / 9:29 am

      Thanks for having me again. Happy to help any time if you don’t know what to do for dinner xx

  40. amytreasure0
    August 3, 2016 / 6:40 am

    This takes me straight back to my childhood-it’s a recipe my (half) French dad would make often! Thanks for linking up to #thelist

  41. sparklymummy
    September 15, 2016 / 12:29 pm

    I’m loving this especially the watching telly and reading blogs bit !!! Will definetly be giving this a go !!!


  42. September 15, 2016 / 7:07 pm

    This looks great!! Sadly I am a vegetarian but I do a very good vegetarian impersonation of this the recipe for which i have put on my blog!!
    Thanks for linking to #foodiefriday

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *