Tuesday, January 10, 2012

joan boada and i dance in the kitchen

Man, is it ever tough to get back into the swing of things, isn't it? I hit the ground running after the first and have been crazy busy ever since. Maybe I am just crazy but I love to be busy and have my hand in a thousand little projects. Are you the same way?

One of the projects that I've been telling you about is my new TV series, Joanne Weir's Cooking Confidence, that premieres on PBS in most US cities this weekend. Here in SF, it's on channel 9 at noon!

I invited the crew over and I'm recreating the menu I did on the first show with my student Joan (that's pronounced JO-ON) Boada. If you're not familiar with Joan, he's one of the principal dancer for the San Francisco Ballet. Yes, Joan is a guy!
If you don't know his name, you will remember it after watching my show. He's so damn handsome, he makes Clooney look like Godzilla.
Joan is genuinely interested in cooking and it's his first time cooking lamb. Wait until you see what he says about the lamb stew. You have to have the recipe!

I'll see you on Saturday, OK? Promise you'll watch! I want to know what you think. Yes, of Joan of course, but I also want to know what you think of the new series.


Since fresh shell beans aren't available right now, substitute 1 cup dry white beans.

5 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 pounds lamb stew meat, cut from the shoulder or leg, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 yellow onion, minced
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 ½ cups tomatoes, peeled, seeded and diced, fresh or canned
1 bay leaf
2 pounds fresh shell beans, shelled
½ pound dry chorizo, sliced
Extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
½ teaspoon pimenton
2 cloves garlic, sliced

Hot green chilis, optional

In a large heavy soup pot, warm the 2 tablespoons of the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the lamb, onions, salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden on all sides, 8 to 10 minutes. Toss the flour onto the top and stir together. Cook 2 minutes.

Add the minced garlic, bay leaves and 4 cups of water and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 1 hour.

Add the beans and chorizo and simmer 40 minutes. Add additional water as needed.

Warm the remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil in a frying pan and add the paprika, pimenton and sliced garlic but don’t let it take on color. Pour this mixture over the beans and stir gently together. Add water if needed. Let simmer for 30 seconds. Taste and season with salt.

Serve garnished with hot chilis if desired .

Serves 6


Anonymous said...

Joanne -

I loved the show and loved Joan. I cannot wait for the next episodes. PBS has a terrific line-up this season:)

Debbie Z.

Shirley L. said...

Joanne, your recipe looks great but I would like to know when you add the tomatoes as there is no mention as to when tomatoes are added to the Spanish Lamb Stew.
Shirley L.

Joanne Weir said...

Debbie- so happy you like the TV show and isn't Joan a dream?! Thanks for all of your help with the other Bay Area! Miss you.

Hi Shirley- Not sure how the tomatoes were left behind. They are added with the minced garlic, bay leaves and water. You will love this stew! is so good? please let me know how it turns out!

Anonymous said...

Cooking Class was one of my favorite cooking shows, and now I'm looking forward to watching your new show tomorrow afternoon. In my area (NYC)it has what I consider a prime spot: immediately following Essental Pepin.

Best wishes for a successful show and restaurant opening. Maybe 2012 will be the year that I finally take a Joanne Weir cooking class!


Anonymous said...

If I don't use fresh shell beans, what quantity of dried beans should be used?

Joanne Weir said...

Anonymous- If you don't use fresh shell beans (which are impossible to fin at this time of the year, use 1 1/4 cups dry deans and soak them. You will love this dish.

And thanks to everyone fro your wonderful thoughts and support!

Anonymous said...

What a surprise. O loved your show. And.... I loved even more to see Joan cooking in your show! I'am so pround
Of him!i i Remember his first steps in a kicthen. A long time ago! Back to Paris! Special good memoreis!
Ana Maria

Joanne Weir said...

Yes, Joan is still dancing. I sent him your comments and hope it will bring a smile to his lovely face. He's is not only talented, he's a wonderful person. Happy to see your comment.