Today’s post is a very short one.
This past week I tried to sprout adzuki beans, but for some reason the beans are not sprouting. Went to the health food store to buy a new batch of organic adzuki beans to try again, will publish results in a future posts.
I have a small herb patch by my back door. When I opened my back door on 1/26, I was most surprised to see thyme poking through the snow (above photo). The sight cheered me up and brought a smile to me face. Quickly got my camera for a photo. Decided to leave it alone and harvest at a later date when needed.
Since then, we have had numerous snow storms with no thawing in between so its been snow on top of snow on top of snow not to mention bitterly cold. Will be a long, long time before I see my lawn.
I need comfort food! Stew is one of my go to comfort food so that’s what I made this past week, a nice big pot of hearty stew.
Not wanting to venture out to the store again decided to see what I could put together using whatever is in my fridge, freezer and storage.
The following is the results. Like the tofu soup I posted last week, this is also a NO recipe kind of dish.
Beef Stew with Carrots, Potatoes, Mushrooms & Onions
∗Shin beef and homemade tomato sauce from the freezer (because these were solidly frozen had to thaw in the fridge overnight and wait for the following day to make the stew)
∗Onions, garlic, potatoes and orange carrots from storage, last fall’s harvest from my garden
∗Yellow carrots from storage, fall’s harvest from Locust Grove Heritage Vegetable Garden
∗Mushrooms and watercress from the store
Season meat with S&P and brown in a bit of oil, add minced garlic, couple bay leaves, slices of fresh ginger, tomato sauce, some wine and broth as needed. Bring to a boil and simmer covered until meat is almost tender (about 45 – 60 minutes). Add all vegetables, bring to a boil, simmer until meat is tender and veggies reached desired doneness, adjust seasoning. Tasted so good!
Needed the above mentioned thyme for to the stew. Got my coat and boots on and clippers in hand ready to harvest. Opened the back door but could not open the screen door, no matter how hard I tried, the deep snow was right up to the screen door, too bad. There was,
No thyme for the stew.
It is snowing again this morning, heavy at times, as I am writing and will be for most of the day. My backyard is beautiful, should go out and take some photos.
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