November 2, 2011

Beef & Beer Stew

There is no such thing like a good timing for a cold, however it would have been great, if it waited another week, after all, I've had so many plans! Of course a cold can not keep me away from cooking, however it makes no sense to experiment with new ideas. After all meanwhile it is the third day that I can't taste or smell anything. Therefore I thought to cook something with an intense flavour for lunch. I had the spontaneous idea of a beer and beef stew with cep polenta. The fact, that the beef was not actually a typical stewing meat did not bother me at all, I was just too eager to cook something flavourful. Well, unfortunatly, I've hardly tasted anything, so I must cook this soon again, once my taste buds are working again!

300 g stewing beef
1 tablespoon oil
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 carrot
2 celery stalks
1 tomato
1 onion
1 garlic clove
300-400 ml dark beer
1 bay leaf
2 twigs thyme
2 allspice berries
1 clove
1 small piece of cinnamon
handful of small onions
salt, pepper

Season diced meat and sprinkle with cornstarch and fry in hot oil, then set aside. Deseed and remove the skin of the tomato and sautee in oil together with the rest of the chopped vegetables and garlic. Add meat, spices and herbs, pour beer over it and cook it in the preheated oven over 160°C for 2 1/2-3 hours. Abour half an hour before the stew is ready add the peeled onions and season the stew before serving if necessary.


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Just what I need now, yummy! That lastz picture is very pretty.



mangiawithmario said...

Hi Criesi. Greetings from sunny California. What a great post. Aren't colds the worst?!! They never come at the right time. I admire your resolve and that you tried to create a dish that would push past the restrictions of your cold. Ha ha, you are definitely not a quitter. The only food I know of whose flavors can push past a cold are peppers and spicy salsa. But what good is that! Well, you will have to try your dish again. It does sound delicious and just right for the Autumn and Winter.
I write a blog about food and my musings on life and love. Please visit. Maybe follow. That would be cool. Take care and keep up your writing. You are a good writer.

mangiawithmario said...

And by the way, your photos are beautiful. So real and clear.

chriesi said...

@Rosa: Thanks!

@Mario: Well, peppers and a spicy salsa would sure have been a better option, but anyway I am glad you like the dish and the photos! And I am especially happy, that you enjoy my writing! Thanks!

kitchen roach/galley roach said...

die bilder sind auf jeden fall appetitanregend, auch wenn wir 'noch' nicht wissen, ob es dir auch schmeckt ;)

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