Sorry I’ve been MIA. I’ve been getting addicted to the idea of “Lazy Sundays” and have been slacking on “Blogging Sundays” – my apologies.
This past weekend has been quite productive though. I’ve cooked Beef Stew for the first time, and made Apple Muffin – both of which I’ll share with you today.
Old-Time Beef Stew
I came across the idea of making beef stew because I’ve never made anything that required cooking time of over 30 minutes – my usuals are stir-fry, salmon, pasta, salads, quick soups, etc.
So, I’ve decided to challenge myself with the beef stew – which takes 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Don’t be intimidated by it (because I was too). It’s easier than you think – just make sure you have 2.5 hours to spend at home. You know, in case things catch on fire and such, my usual worries.
I found the recipe on Food Network. The instructions is only one short paragraph, perhaps to make up for the long cooking time.
2 pounds stew beef
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cups water
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (did not use)
1 clove garlic, peeled
1 or 2 bay leaves
1 medium onion, sliced
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika
Dash ground allspice or ground cloves
3 large carrots, sliced
3 ribs celery, chopped
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 can of Chicago lager (leftover from friend’s visit)
Brown meat in hot oil. Add water, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, bay leaves, onion, salt, sugar, pepper, paprika, and allspice. Cover and simmer 1 1/2 hours. Remove bay leaves and garlic clove. Add carrots and celery. Cover and cook 30 to 40 minutes longer. To thicken gravy, remove 2 cups hot liquid. Using a separate bowl, combine 1/4 cup water and cornstarch until smooth. Mix with a little hot liquid and return mixture to pot. Stir and cook until bubbly.
Recipe courtesy Paula Deen
Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/old-time-beef-stew-recipe.html?oc=linkback
I wasn’t able to find Worcestershire sauce at Trader Joe’s (where I almost exclusively shop at) and was too lazy to explore additional options while carrying all my groceries, so I skipped it from my experiment.
UGGGGGH – I stupidly pressed the Delete button on my iPhone instead of Export button, and of course, by reflex, I pressed the Delete Photo prompt too quickly before thinking about what I was doing. (Note to self: write about the power of habit as a Psychology post?)
Imagine a nice picture of << beef stew and a side salad and nice cup of Joe>>. It was a nice lunch.
Ah well. Instead, I can share with you what I still have in my fridge now…
I can also share pictures of other bloggers’ beef stews. It is almost what it looks like when I made it…
Let me know if you guys try it! Would love to hear the results 🙂