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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

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. 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! emoticon
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    YUMMMM! That sounds sooo good. Of course my "breakfast" is normally supper food since I get off work at 6am. That sounds like a great way to use up veggies so you aren't wasting money.....I need to invest in a crock pot. I love this idea.
    Missourians Team
    1880 days ago
  • PHAMS85
    Having supper as breakfast isn't a bad idea at all! It seems like then, you are more likely to eat more protein and veggies.

    Some time when you do that, put it in the oven to actually roast. Mmm...I have started to do that on the weekends this winter and I cannot get over how wonderful sweet potatoes taste. I'll pick a meat such as a pork roast, and include onions, carrots, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, celery and even beets. This has tasted so much better to me lately than putting things together in the crock pot. It also comes in handy to smoosh some of the ideas or puree for the baby!
    1881 days ago
    You soup/stew reminds me what we Puerto Ricans call "mondongo". Any leftovers, ANY, were put in a big pot and cooked together. Saved a lot of money and, you go it! Never the same! emoticon Chelsea
    1881 days ago
    When I was growing up we also had a pot simmering on the back burner all week and on Friday night wwe had Beeflamork soup. That is Beef, lamb, and pork leftovers from dinners during the week. Now with just two of us here we don't have leftovers unless I make a double batch of something. emoticon

    1881 days ago
    My mom also make soup from whatever always good, i do like you and use the crock pot. Hope you have a great week .
    1881 days ago
  • COOP9002
    i guess one can make soup out of anything. Hope your Wednesday is going well.
    1881 days ago
    Sounds amazing! My mom used to make soup out of anything and everything too and it was almost always good, except for a few notable failures and the time she accidentally spilled the cat food in the split pea soup...

    Hope you are staying safe and warm in all this snowy fun!
    1881 days ago
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