More of last night's "stewp"! Really?
So let's start at the beginning. I've always thought it was Mom who coined the word "stewp"; at least I've never heard it outside of our family. She made the yummiest stuff on that back burner. Only now I do it in my crockpot. The preferred consistency around our house has always been somewhere between that of a creamed soup and stew. Hence, the name.
It's never the same twice, because you use what you have. It does seem always to be based on beef, chicken, or turkey, but there the similarity ends. I've even been known to use beef kidneys pre-soaked in cold water for a couple of hours in water that was then discarded or leftover tongue. But those were about 3 decades ago.
Any veggies will do. Usually onion, because it's a staple here. But then add any combination in any amounts. Carrots, celery, leeks, celeriac, jicama, cabbage, kohlrabi. Canned corn, green beans, bean sprouts, water chestnuts, tomatoes in any consistency from paste to crushed. Snow peas, sugar snaps, parsnips, rutabaga, turnips. Even mushrooms or chopped greens put in the last hour or so. I'm sure I've left out something that's found its way into the pot sometime, but I sure can't imagine what.
A grain, or at least a carb of some sort. Well, potatoes or sweet potatoes will do. Or any rice or pasta that you have on hand. Maybe whole wheat berries, barley, or quinoa. Get imaginative!
So last night we had stewp made with beef from our area grass-fed source. I was low on veggies, but what I had really needed to get used up. So a couple of onions, lots of celery, and close to a pound of sliced carrots went into the pot. My personal favorite with beef is barley, so that was my choice. Two beef bouillon cubes and a couple of cups of water - and the rest of the day free from cooking. Oh, and this time it was garlic powder and Italian seasoning blend; but of course that's always based on a mix of availability and whim!
Turns out, it was one of the best. (Or maybe it just tasted that good after another day spent with exercise being 15 minutes of shoveling snow every hour except for that wonderful nap). So this morning, I got the pan and ingredients for making our cinnamon-raisin oatmeal. And....you guessed it. Paul came to the kitchen and said, "You know, I'd really like a bowl of what we had for supper last night." What could I say but, "Well, when we've had breakfast food for supper before, why not supper for breakfast?"
So that's what we had. But just so you know it really was breakfast, I had mine with my usual 4 oz of V8 - and Paul had his with orange juice!