How was your weekend? Ours was ROUGH. Was going ok until late Saturday afternoon, Lewis took a tumble and cut the back of his head requiring a rush trip to the doctors, then Sunday morning brought phone calls with news of not one but 2 family memberswho weren’t doing great. Sunday was spent worrying and trying to keep a 2.5yo somewhat calm.
By Sunday night my nerves were frazzled! Comfort food was definitely required and this little throw together stew was just the ticket, the glass of red is optional but helps.
500-ish grams beef, suspect this was gravy beef
1 brown onion, sliced
bunch of dutch carrots or a couple of norml carrots roughly chopped (I didn’t peel)
Couple of stalks of celery, chopped
Sweet potato, peeled and diced
Zucchini, roughly chopped
2tbsp tomato paste
410g tin of diced tomatoes
dregs of a bottle of red
Heat some oil in a large pot. While it’s heating, cut the meat into cube-ish shapes, then throw into a bag with some flour (I used wholemeal because it was easiest to grab out of the pantry). Shake it all around to coat the meat. Great job for the kids if you need to distract them. I don’t let mine do it, they don’t like to give it back. Throw the meat in the pot (take it out of the bag first) and brown.
While that’s browning chop your veggies. Fish out the browned meat, add some more oil to the pot if needed and throw in your onion and celery. Stir a bit, then chop up the rest of your veggies. In goes the rest of the veg except the mushies and the peas.
Pour in whatever is left of a bottle of red, about a cup. Or open a bottle and pour some for you and some for the stew, either or. Stir, making sure to scrap up all those yummy sticky bits at the bottom of the pot. Add the tomato paste and canned tomatoes, then put the meat back in. Add your stock, home made liquid is of course, ideal, but whatever you’ve got, I personally had a cube of chicken stock and a teaspoon of Massell veggie stock powder, not ideal but it did the job. Add water or liquid stock until the meat is just covered and leave it to simmer. My nanna once told me “a stew that boils is a stew that spoils”, don’t know if it’s true or not but I’m not going to argue with my nanna.
Leave simmer for an hour or 2, stirring occassionally. About 15-20 minutes before serving add in the mushrooms and peas. Serve over mashed potato. With a glass of red.
And come Monday, hopefully all your cares will be gone. Thankfully, all my loved ones are now doing well.