I HATE throwing anything away…. I am FRUGAL by not only necessity but because I detest wastefulness. I’m not sure where that has come from but it has. Apparently the rationing and the mending and making do philosophy during the 1940’s lived with our grandmother’s for the rest of their lives. We need some of that these days to realize that the way we are living as a species as a whole is not sustainable anymore..
So here’s my own version of veggie stew- it uses up slightly rubbery carrots and potatoes and less than perfect veggies that need disguising but taste-just-as-good-if-you-were-to-wear-a-blind-fold.
I made this stew 3 days ago and I still have enough for a hearty meal tonight with fresh bread and butter
- 1/2 white or green cabbage
- small cauliflower
- 2 large onions
- several carrots
- several potatoes
- 1 large can tomatoes or several large fresh ones
- peas, sweetcorn, parsnip or whatever else needs using up
- oxo and bisto (or your own homemade stock and cornstarch to thicken)
- salt, pepper, herbs such as thyme and rosemary
- Wash veg where applicable
- Chop potatoes in half or quarters
- Chop up rest of veg into regular size chunks
- Chop onions and saute in a large saucepan with a little butter
- Once sauted add rest of chopped veg and can of tomatoes or fresh tomatoes
- Add stock or a few cubes of oxo with around about a litre or so of water
- Add some salt and pepper and bring to boil
- Reduce heat and simmer until the large chunks of potato are tender enough to eat
- Ten minutes before you finish cooking mix the ‘Bisto’ or the cornstarch into a paste with some water and pour slowly into stew stirring all the time to thicken the mixture
- Once thickened, taste stew and add more herbs and spices according to taste
Serve with fresh buttered bread…
Serves 8 to 10
NOTE: You can use a homemade soup in the stew or add corned beef for extra flavour!
What is oxo or bisto?
Oxo is like a stock cube, but easier to crumble and Bisto is a gravy thickener.
oxo is a bouillon cube and bistro is a powder that makes gravy,
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If you don’t have oxo or bouillon cubes try a generous dash of Lee & Perrins Worcester sauce (contains anchovies) or its vegetarian substitute. Plain flour can be substituted for the corn starch.