Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Hearty Beef Stew

Yesterday was the grayest of gray days. ~

It will take some serious comfort food to chase away the gloom.  What could be hardier than an old fashioned root vegetable beef stew?

All it takes is some stewing beef from grass fed cows, a little organic, whole wheat flour, some sea salt and fresh ground pepper to get started.  Dredge the stewing beef in the the flour and spices and brown in some oil.  I've used coconut oil and a bit of butter to brown mine. ~

Toss in some onions ~

and a good splash of red wine. ~

Start adding whatever root veggies you have on hand.  I've used potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots and squash.  Turnip or squash are essential to give this meal it's earthy flavour!  Some parsley, a bay leaf (remove before serving) and some rosemary crank it up another notch.~

A combination of beef stock and water is added to barely cover the vegetables.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and let it all simmer for a couple of hours. ~

Grab an old fashioned fork and ironstone bowl, with a hot from the oven biscuit, and dig in! ~

The snow began to fall and by morning we have the Christmas spirit in the yard! ~

I'm sharing this with:  Feathered Nest FridayCreate It Thursday