Posts Tagged ‘stew’

Irish Lamb Stew

March 17, 2009

I became a lamb convert the moment my lips tasted Irish stew in a pub in Kilkenney, Ireland. I’d been studying abroad in London for the past few months when a few friends and I took a weekend bus tour through southern parts of the Emerald Isle, and whoa if I be a Leprechaun’s uncle, that stew was the best damn thing my hoof-and-mouth-and-mad-cow-wary self ate in those 16 weeks abroad.

A hearty Irish stew gets a real boost of flavor from some rich, delicious Guinness.

A hearty Irish stew gets a real boost of flavor from some rich, delicious Guinness.

It would be years though, before I’d taste again anything similar to that magical concoction. Irish stews I’d find on menus in restaurants in the U.S. tended to be stews made from cabbage and corned beef, which begs the question, isn’t that just corned beef and cabbage then? (Which, incidentally, is going to be dinner tonight. I love a meal I can boil.)

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Tomato Lentil Curry Stew

November 12, 2008
Tomato Lentil Curry Stew

Tomato Lentil Curry Stew

In tough economic times, frugality often stretches into the kitchen. After a little shock and awe I experienced upon seeing what I had spent on groceries last month, I thought, hey, Rice, let’s reign in that credit card use! And let’s exercise some self-control! And so, my first thought was that it was time to really commit to making more vegetarian meals.

A bag of dried lentils inspired me to hunt for something legumey. A quick search of my favorite recipe site, Allrecipes.com, led to this recipe for Tomato-Lentil Curry Stew. A few adjustments here and there, due to what was available in my kitchen, and how hearty I wanted the stew, led me to make the following adjustments, and what resulted was a flavorful, thick, and healthy stew (only about 200 calories per serving) that went great with some homemade garlic-rosemary foccacia, which I will post about soon, I hope.

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