Well yes I do know it’s almost summer and that is not traditional Homemade Beef Stew time. However in Ottawa the weather has changed and the rain has been happening for a few days so comfort food was required. I had a day off on Monday and as I was watching the rain pouring down I thought a stew would be a welcome dinner.
Linda and Cooking
Now if you have been following me for a bit you totally understand that I am the baker. Kent is the chef in our home. He loves to cook, I love for him to cook and it works for both of us. What may surprise you though is I actually can cook. Most times I am just to lazy to meal prep. When I lived on my own, peanut butter and banana toast was a staple. It was quick and easy and generated no dishes.
Baking, well that is another story, I love to bake and never worry about dishes. It is a good combination right? I love baking, he loves cooking, we both love eating, a match made in food heaven. Now truth be told, I love meal prep with Kent and creating things together but normally I use his meal prep time for either treadmill or blogging.
Quick & Easy Beef Stew
As I indicated earlier, I was off on Monday and Kent actually called and suggested Beef Stew. Honestly at first I was meh, not really feeling it but what else was there right? I took the beef out and started defrosting it in the oven. This was one of those I fully intended to just de-frost and wait for him to get home. Sitting at the table getting frustrated with my blog (speed problems) I decided to start playing around.
My mom and nana had always made Beef Stew and I use to make it. Their recipe was in my old college cookbook. This time I thought I would try experimenting a bit. I started surfing through beef stew recipes but nothing was catching my eye. Mostly because I could not find beef stock in the house so I wanted to experiment on my own.
Funny thing was Kent stopped at the grocery store and purchased [amazon_textlink asin=’B00MWV36GA’ text=’beef stock’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’alabourofli06-20′ marketplace=’CA’ link_id=’7671f6c6-698f-11e8-9708-5113ef08d29c’], so I ended up adding it as well.
Linda’s Homemade Beef Stew
Beef stew can be as simple or as complicated as you want. For me coating the beef in a whole wheat flour as I was frying it, adding worcestershire sauce, rosemary and garlic all seemed appropriate at the time. Normally Kent fires the beef in the same pot as we make the stew but I went with the frying pan and then added the beef to the pot. I also added the beef stock at the end as well as some paprika.
Potatoes were peeled and diced, I added carrots and celery and then let it all simmer on the stove. I did not add dumplings and I regret that decision. Dumplings just make a stew perfect but require patience which I normally do not have. I also life the lid too early and then the dumplings do not turn out. (recipe at end)
Hearty Stew for Dinner
It was kind of a nice treat for Kent to come home and not have to fully prepare dinner. A hearty stew on a cool rainy evening is perfect. Plus to everyone’s surprise I also made Monster Cookies. No recipe to share as I had purchased the dough for a fundraiser. I think I will start experimenting though, it’s like a soft molasses cookie with smarties. (and I mean Canadian chocolate smarties not the Rockets)
Homemade Beef Stew
- 2 packages stewing beef
- 6 medium potatoes
- 5 medium carrots I also have used canned carrots
- 2 stalks celery
- pinch rosemary
- pinch garlic powder or garlic gloves
- pinch paprika
- beef stock
- corn starch
- salt and pepper
- 1/4 c flour
- Coat the beef in flour and fry in pan. Make sure you scorch each side to a nice brown colour.
- while beef is browning add in garlic,rosemary,salt and pepper to taste. I usually sprinkle each own based on the palate of my family
- add paprika
- add beef stock ( I used the powder and sprinkle it on the beef)
- set aside and peel and slice potatoes and carrots. Also slice the celery stalks
- In large pot add potatoes, carrots and celery
- add beef mixture ( keep all liquid and scrape that in as well)
- in two cups of water add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and blend well
- add water mixture to pot
- if there is not enough water to cover the vegetables add a bit more.
- simmer on stove for one hour
- serve with warm bread or rolls