Friday, February 09, 2007


This weeks scribblings prompt brought to mind many naughty things.
Things Like Chocolate. Chocolate covered caramels. Chocolate covered nuts. Chocolate peanut-butter cups. Those are all the yummy favorites I usually receive on Valentines Day. This year However, I have instructed my lover, lover man to PLEASE stay away from my favorite chocolate shop. I am doing well on weight watchers this week and don't want to self destruct.
Yummy also brings to mind what I am cooking for dinner right now. On this cold February night- How does a delicious pot of beef stew sound? NO- Not Great for weight watchers but as long as I don't buy the italian bread that I usually enjoy dunking in the gravy, I will be able to eat a human amount.
Really quick here's this easy YUMMY recipe-
2 lbs of beef stew meat ( I go to my butcher and ask for that- Not sure what beef this actually is)
2 potatoes ( peeled and diced)/
2 potatoes (peeled and cut up)/ fresh or canned mushrooms/
a bag of carrots ( peeled & cut up)/ 1 can of peas/ approx. 2-3 cups of water/
An Onion and garlic (diced)/ 2 tbsp. of olive oil /
Small can of tomato sauce/ S&P/old bay seasoning

In a 4-qt. pot-
Saute the onions/garlic and beef till browned in the oil, ( 1st picture) then cover and simmer for 30 minutes
meanwhile prepare your vegetables ( 2nd Picture)
then add the 2 diced potatoes/ carrots /fresh mushrooms/ the water only from the cans of peas and mushrooms/ Salt & Pepper/old bay seasoning /1/2 of the small can of tomato sauce & approx. 2-3 cups of water (use less if using fresh mushrooms) ( If you don't like your carrots and mushrooms mushy like i do, you can add them later with the other potatoes)
Simmer for 1- 2 hours or more. One hour before eating add the other 2 cut up potatoes
(My discovery is that the diced potatoes get really mushy and thicken up the gravy so you don't need to add flour!
10 min. before eating add the canned peas ( if using canned mushrooms add them now too) mmmmm very yummy and should serve 4 normal people -in our house it serves 3!.
(took pic before adding the peas,to post it quicker)


Speedy Chick said...

My BF brings me treats all the time and I had to tell him no too:) If it were up to him we'd eat pizza every night.

paris parfait said...

Your post is delicious - first all that chocolate, then a yummy recipe!

Regina Clare Jane said...

Yummy! The finished product looks so inviting!

Janie Hickok Siess, Esq. said...

Wow, that looks delicious.

I've got dessert posted for my yummies. :-) You can live vicariously like I do (I'm on the Zone plan so no chocolate for me, either).

gautami tripathy said...

Thats what I like! One
yummy recipe!

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Jane said...

Hi Lucy!

That looks like a YUMMY stew with REAL meat...just like my daughter would like..ha ha! I just couldn't get it together in time for this weeks scribbling. Sometimes the prompts speak to me right away and other times I just know I woon't write that week. I hope you had a great weekend!

Jo said...

Mmmmm... I LIKE beef stew! Sounds good for tonight.

giggles said...

Hi Lucy, thanks for visiting my blog! Yum, chocolate, especially the Carmel covered ones. I love those plates and canisters they’re exactly my style…. They look similar to Mary Naylor’s art….The colors and patterns are terrific!! Take Care

Peace and giggles

rubyslippers said...

Mmmm...You're making me hungry!!

deirdre said...

This looks really yummy. I'm making lamb stew tonight - it's been in the crockpot all day and smells great. It's definitely stew weather.

spider said...

Happy Valentine's Day, Ms. Lucy!
Hope you and your lover man are enjoying this romantic day, chocolate or no chocolate. (Me? I'm a white chocolate freak and I like it with weird stuff like dried apricots in it.)

Pigeon said...

Sounds and looks delicious!

Starshine said...

Looks delish! And the bowl is so cute!