Saturday, 24 February 2018

Living on Rations - Week Two - Day 12 - Stew



A good basic dish in our house, and I guess in lots of wartime houses is an old fashioned stew.

Basic ingredients prepared and cooked well give you a pan of nutritious goodness that keeps giving and giving.  I make the same base for both and then add in the meat for Alan.


His chunks of diced beef were cut up a bit smaller and then dropped into a plastic bag with some seasoned flour.


After a good shake up they were ready to put into the pan for a quick browning all over to intensify the flavour ... when you've only got a little bit of meat you need it to taste as good as possible.  Once browned the meat was lifted out of Alan's pan and left on a plate while I sautéed the vegetables.


The vegetables from the top photo were chopped up and divided between two dishes and then they were all sautéed in a little olive oil before the beef was added back into Alan's, then both pans were topped up with liquid ... Bisto for Alan and a tablespoon of vegetable stock powder in water for mine.


I bring things to the boil on top of the Aga and then most things go into the bottom oven to cook long and slow.  The stews took about two hours in total once in the oven.


After all that cooking it was time for lunch, vegetable soup for me and chicken and vegetable for Alan, served with some garlicky croutons and some toasted bread that Alan made while I was away on Wednesday.


The stews turned out lovely and we had them for tea with some more toasted bread.  These are our large 'pasta' bowls so the portions were very generous.

The leftovers will make us two more meals.  Another stew, but this time served with herby dumplings for tomorrow night and then the day after I will be making us some pasties.  Easy eating for while Alan's watching the Six Nations rugby on the television.


I've been asked a couple of times about my gravy ...I'm a total cheat and use Bisto most of the time.


As it's totally vegan ... and has been around since 1908 I'd be mad not too  ;-)

The Giveaway




I put all the names for the book giveaway into the enamel pan yesterday ...


...and this is who Alan drew out.

The lucky winners of the little Wartime Recipe books are Joy from The Frugal Factor and Tania from Frugal in Essex.  If you could both drop me an email with your addresses I will post the books off to you straight away. 

My email address is right at the bottom of the right hand sidebar, thanks.



Sue xx

19 comments:

  1. Really! Wow, thanks so much! I'm looking forward to trying some the the recipes out now. :-)
    J x

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  2. Doesn't a plate of freshly chopped veg look appetising!
    I always feel it's a shame to cook it.
    Well done Joy and Tania for the giveaway.
    You're both worthy recipients and I shall look forward to some
    more recipes to try. Sue

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    1. I do nibble as I chop ... I can never resist 😉

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  3. You can't beat a good veggie stew or hotpot when the weather is so cold. Yours looks lovely. I have used Bisto granules for years too because its so quick and easy and as it's suitable for vegetarians I can eat it too. I remember my mum faffing about with flour, meat juices and gravy browning... Noooo!

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    1. If there are any I do add any meat juices to Alan's portion after I have poured mine out, but starting from scratch is a faff I agree :-)

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  4. I just love a stew, its freezing here again so I shall be rustling up a big slow cooker full. Love Bisto I didn't realise it was vegan.

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    1. I was surprised, and delighted, when I found out. The onion one and the vegetable one are also suitable for vegans, the chicken flavour does have real chicken in so is not.

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  5. Thanks for telling about Bisto. I am going to buy it now I have found a webshop in Holland where it's been sold.

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    1. I'm glad you've found it. It is also available via Amazon ... they seem to sell everything these days. :-)

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  6. Can I please come round for tea? I’ll bring afters.

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  7. Congrats to the winners! The stew looks delicious and I like the retro Bisto sign (or label). Deb in Ohio

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    1. It's a photo of an image from the giveaway book. I love retro advertising, it just seems so much more appealing than our 'slap you around the face with pictures of what you MUST have' sort.

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  8. Congratulations Tania and Joy!! For some reason we only have the powdered Bisto in the supermarkets here. I hate it, I can never get it smooth. You can buy the granules in the British shop but it is so expensive! $11.00 for a 300gm. container which converts to 6.22 British pounds!! Fortunately son #2 works for an airline and goes to London quite often and brings it back for me. I'm enjoying your post on war rations.

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  9. Love a stew of of any description with fresh crusty bread. Have you tried the Bisto onion granules? My favourite and to me they have more flavour than the traditional variety.

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  10. Yippee I won, thank you. I'm really looking forward to reading the book. The stew looks delicious, its one of my all time favourites because you can throw anything to hand in. Plus it just gets better and better the longer you manage to keep it!

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  11. How are the fur family coping with this challenging year?

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  12. Sue, I just read the last 5 or 6 posts and I'm so enjoying your challenge. My adult daughter and I live together, and are working hard to keep on keepin' on in the miserable mess that is the US now. Your posts are such a nice respite from the nonsense our media is clogged with.
    I've always been interested in the "make do and mend" idea, and can't help foraging when I see a neglected apple tree or a tangle of blackberries. (I usually ask the owner if I can harvest a few of the fruit, but not always!) So we will actually be using your recipes and tips, and finding the structure of the rationing challenge helpful. Thank you for your amusing and honest posts (yes, I've burned a few loaves, especially when I was feeling all frugal and proud of myself and then forgot about the bread!).
    Best regards, Kate in Oregon

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