It's not quite warm here again. I live in the Netherlands. I feel like I should be used to the fact that most days of the year are filled with rain and wind. It's a fact. That really impacts what I eat though because as much as I absolutely adore salads, they just don't happen as often now that I live in such a ... gray country.
It means that I love warming up with a dish like this - something that offers some good ole comfort. It's a dish that I scoop into a large bowl, something I eat on the couch, with a blanket around my legs, and perhaps a with glass of red wine.
This is another dish from my childhood. It's something that I love, but I don't cook it too often because I find that the traditional potato and meat version simply doesn't have that extra oompth I like to have in my meals. And by oompth, what I really mean is something green and a whole lot of veggies. Of course, this meant that I had to adapt another classic Russian granny recipe. So here ya go, another traditional Russian recipe that I have made less traditional:
Russian potato and beef stew
- 1/2 kilo (1 lbs) of beef (chuck roast seems to be a good translation)
- 6 medium potatoes
- 1/2 cup of peas
- 1 onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- 3 bay leaves
- 2 cups (about 500 ml) water
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 teaspoon paprika powder
- 1 green onion (for garnish)
- Optional: 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (we just love heat around here!)
- Pan fry meat
- Once the meat has browned, add onion and garlic
- After the onion is translucent, add water and spices
- Bring to a boil and simmer for an hour
- Add potatoes (cut into small pieces)
- Bring to a boil again and then simmer until the potatoes are soft (20 minutes for me)
- Add the peas and cook for an additional two or three minutes
- Serve with green onion
And now some questions:
- Is there a recipe from your childhood or your cultural background that you love to prepare?
- Do you follow recipes exactly or do you find yourself deviating?
Thank you so much for stopping by!