Beef, Tim's Stew

Tim's Stew
(yes, that's a boring name. one can't always be creative)

  1. Take some stew beef, about a pound.
  2. Fry it in oil, in a cast iron pan at medium heat until it's nice and brown. (note: many folks don't know how to brown meat - it should stick to the pan and be quite dark. Stop frying before it turns black, and definitely before the smoke alarm goes off ).
  3. Pour water in the pan, enough to cover the meat. It will bubble and foam. Scrape up all that nice brown stuff that is stuck to the pan. It should turn the water nice and brown.
  4. Pour the whole shoot'n match into a pot, and put the pot on low heat.
  5. Add some garlic (a tsp or two), some salt, some soy sauce (maybe a tbsp) and some Worcestershire sauce (a tsp or so).
  6. Add a tbsp or two of tomato sauce OR tomato juice OR crushed tomato, or something tomatoey.
  7. Add a few squirts of Dijon mustard, and a dozen or so drops of tabasco
  8. Shake in enough basil to cover the whole surface of the stew, and then add a small amount of oregano.
  9. Add more water, enough to fill the pot 2/3 full.
  10. Cover, and cook on very low heat for a couple of hrs.
  11. After a couple hours, add as many diced potatoes or carrots as you think you'd like to eat.
  12. Add more of any of the above flavourings as needed. Do it a little at a time. Lots of tasting required in between. Seasonings are kind of like words - use them sparingly and monitor the result before adding more.
  13. Cook until the vegetables are tender.

  14. Add some chopped mushrooms and red bell peppers near the end unless your kids object (mine do).
  15. Put a couple tablespoons of flour in a small amount of water and mix until the lumps are gone (unless you like lumpy gravy).
  16. Pour the mixture into the boiling stew, stirring constantly (unless you really like lumpy gravy. Stop pouring before it gets too thick. Add more if it isn't thick enough.
  17. Serve with biscuits (my wife makes those - sorry, no recipe from me).
For the alarming post in which this recipe appeared, click here.

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