Thursday, 23 February 2012

Slow Cooker Blanquette de Veau

Blanquette de Veau (or veal stew in a white sauce) is a classic French dish with a slightly tarnished reputation. It used to be that all veal was from male dairy calves who were cruelly taken from their mothers, raised in horrendous conditions in tiny crates and then slaughtered after only a few weeks. However, veal crates were banned in the UK in 1990, in Europe in 2007, and the US and Canada, state by state and province by province, are following suit and banning them too. Crate raised veal is thankfully becoming a very rare commodity, and pasture raised or free-range veal (sometimes called Rose Veal) is no crueler than any other ethically raised meat. If you cannot get ethically raised veal, you can use pork shoulder in this recipe, but again do be sure it too has been ethically raised. This is also a more frugal option, and it does taste very good.

I will now get down off my soapbox and make a confession. 

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  1. What a great dish! It looks amazing.

  2. April....this looks and sounds so wonderful.


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