Thursday, 27 October 2016
We had guests over last week
and I thought
what would be better than a hearty stew made with
the abundance of autumnal harvest
to warm the cockles of ones' heart
Beef Stew with Dumplings
for the stew:
1 kg stewing steak, cubed
1 large onion, chopped
2 large carrots, cubed
2 large parsnips, cubed
400g chestnut mushrooms, quartered
6 stalks celery, chopped
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups tomato juice
1/4 cup unsweetened apple juice
1 can stewed tomatoes
1 tsp smoked peprika
1 bay leaf
a sprig of thyme
2 tbsp plain flour
salt and pepper
Preheat the oven to 150ºC.
Coat the beef with flour.
Heat 1tbsp oil in a casserole dish and brown the beef in batches.
Add a little more oil to the pan and gently fry the onions and carrots for 10 minutes until softened.
Add the other vegetables and cook for 2 minutes.
Return beef to pan.
Gradually stir in the juices, stewed tomatoes and stock.
Add sugar, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, bay leaf and thyme; bring to the boil.
Cover and cook in the oven for 3 hours.
to make the Dumplings:
140g cold butter
250g sef-raising flour
1 tsp of a mixture of thyme, dill and marjoram
salt and black pepper
Rub the butter into the flour with your fingertips until it feels like fine breadcrumbs.
Stir in the herbs with salt and pepper.
Drizzle over 150ml water, and stir in quickly to form a light dough.
Use floured hands to shape into balls.
Monday, 24 October 2016
It was a quiet weekend
I lost my voice
I lost my voice
It sucks being sick at this time of year
when there's still lots to do in the garden.
In the meantime, I just need to focus on getting better.
Hopefully there would still be enough good weather
to last for me to do what I need to do around the garden.
I find that the best thing to eat
whilst my taste buds are shot
is a simple, comforting, no-frills Chicken Soup
4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into small cubes
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small knob ginger , sliced
2 large carrots, diced
chestnut mushrooms, sliced
a couple of sprigs of coriander
enough chicken broth to cover
(failing that, a good quality chicken stock cube + hot water will do the job nicely!)
light soy sauce
salt and black pepper, to taste
Put the chicken in the pot with garlic, ginger, carrots and broth covering the chicken.
Simmer for 20 minutes until the chicken is cooked.
Add mushrooms and coriander sprigs.
Season the soup with soy sauce, salt and pepper.
Let the pot come back up to boiling point and let it cook for a minute or so.