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 ;-)
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.