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Veal Stock

1 kg (2 lb) marrow bones
1 kg (2 lb) veal bones
1 pig's trotter
2 onions, cut in half, skin on
4 stalks celery, roughly chopped
2 carrots, roughly chopped
4 tomatoes
30 ml olive oil
10 black peppercorns
2 Bay leaves
6 Parsley stalks
6 Thyme sprigs
500 ml (1 pint) Red wine

Ask your butcher to saw the bones into short lengths and cut the
trotter down the middle into 2 pieces. Preheat your oven to 220C
(430F). Place the bones and trotter into a large roasting tray.
Roast in the oven for about 30-40 minutes. Turn the bones over half
way through. They should be nicely browned, but not black as this
will give the stock an acrid taste. In a second tray, place in
the vegetables and the olive oil and toss to coat. Place in the
oven alongside the bones and also roast for about half an hour.
Tip the bones and vegetables into a large stock pot. The tray with
the bones in it will have some sediment stuck to the bottom. Place
over heat on your stove top and add the wine. Stir to lift up the
sediment and tip into the stock pot. Add all the remaining ingredients
and fill the pot up with cold water.

Bring to the boil. Skim the foamy scum off the surface of the stock
that forms as it comes to the boil. When the stock boils, reduce
the heat to a gentle simmer.

Simmer the stock for at least 7 hours or up to 12 hours. Turn the
stock off before you go to bed and start it up again the next day
if need be.

When the simmering time is up, remove from the heat and gently lift
out the bones. Discard. Strain the stock and place in the refrigerator
overnight to let the fat solidify on the surface. Remove this fat
and you now have around 4 litres of delicious stock that can be
used within a week or frozen.

To make a Demi Glace:

Place the defatted veal stock back into a clean stock pot and set
over medium heat and simply simmer to reduce the volume to about
a third or quarter of the original. Be very careful not to let the
stock reduce too much and burn. Taste some as it reduces to test
intensity and ladle a little onto a plate to test the consistency.
It should be rich, shiny and a little sticky. Strain again through
your finest sieve.

This can be used as is to sauce meat and some poultry dishes or
used in recipes that call for Demi glace.


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