The hardest part about travels for us is not having our own kitchen. We had a chance to sample some delicious Brazilian fare & will try them out in our kitchen before sharing them with you. When we got home all we wanted was our simple home meals. Amazingly, we had beef and broth waiting in the freezer and herbs in the garden, so I was able to whip together this wonderful beef stew in the morning before running errands & it was ready for lunch. Simple hot meal & enough for leftovers too!
2 lbs of stew meat (beef, lamb or buffalo)
2 ribs of celery cut into half inch pieces
1 large onion cubed
1 bay leaf
1 rosemary sprig
1 leaf of fresh sage
3 sprigs of parsely
2 tablespoon of duck or pork fat
a pinch of ground cloves
lemon rind from one lemon ( from our morning lemon water)
3 carrots cubed
1 large turnip cubed
1 large rutabaga cubed
1 cup frozen peas (I found some in the fridge and decided to throw them in)
6-8 cups of beef broth.
1: heat your stew pot, add the oil and stir in the meat browning it well. add the celery, onion, herbs, spices and lemon cook until fragrant, about 15 or 20 minutes.
2: add the broth and let cook over low heat for 90 minutes or so until meat is tender
3: add vegetables and cook until they start to soften, about 20 minutes. Toss peas in just before you serve, they will heat very quickly.
Serve & enjoy!