Oh my stars...nearly another week has passed between blog posts!!
Well, I'm sitting here with my cup of tea, having made a HUGE stew for the slow cooker....and this is how I did it.
I browned the meat with garlic and fresh ground pepper, put it into the slow cooker to simmer in beef broth whilst I chopped veggies. Veggies involved were: Parsnips, rutabaga, turnip, carrots, onion, leek, zucchini, red potatoes, broad beans (frozen from the summer) red pepper, and celery.
I then nipped outside in my jammies and garden shoes, dusted the snow off the thyme and snipped some lemon and silver thyme (still remarkably good), returned indoors to combine that with my dried rosemary and sage from this years garden, fresh parsley from Save On and then I chopped it all up together....smelled delicious!!
So I was going to just put this all into the slow cooker, but then decided that mixing it there would be a disaster, so I got out my largest bowl and dumped in the meat, and all the veggies and herbs along with some "mortar and pestled" cumin and hot pepper seeds and then in Jamie Oliver style, I stuck my hands in and just mixed it all together and yes my hands were suitably washed before doing this !! After mixing, I carefully dumped it all back into the slow cooker, added some more beef broth and put the lid on and I shall not touch it again until about 5-6 pm, at which point I will probably adjust the seasoning if needed. I had already purchased whole grain buns and sundried tomato bread from Save On....so I only have to putter and tidy up this afternoon before the bros come for dinner tonite.
Oh....and I also picked up some Jello Instant Butterscotch pudding and Cool Whip for a very quick and light dessert in my mothers parfait glasses. A little nostalgia here, as I haven't had instant jello pudding let alone butterscotch pudding in YEARS!!! So it will be pudding and tea for dessert as we watch Doc Martin.....
Have a good evening!!