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Boiled Beef, French Style (Boeuf Bouilli a la Fran§aise)

ingredients

1.5 kg thick flank or brisket
2 celery, tied in bundles
250 g button onions
250 g carrots (barrel-shaped)
5 leeks
500 g cabbage (tied)
200 g turnips (barrel-shaped)

tied in a piece of muslin

12 peppercorns
1 bayleaf
1 sprig thyme
4 cloves
4 juniper berries

accompaniments

salt
gherkins
sea salt or coarse salt
French mustard

method

1. Place the prepared meat in a deep pan of boiling salted water. Bring back to the boil and skim thoroughly.

2. Add the bag of flavourings and salt and simmer gently for 2 hours.

3. Add the vegetables according to the time they take to cook: first the celery, then button onions, carrots, leeks, cabbage and turnips.

4. When cooked, transfer the meat to one saucepan and the vegetables to another with a little of the cooking liquid. Discard the bag of flavourings,

5. Carve the meat into slices 3 - 4 mm thick across the grain at an angle of 45°. Arrange on a dish, garnish with the vegetables and moisten with cooking liquid.

6. Serve with dishes of gherkins, coarse salt and French mustard.

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