Tuesday, December 18, 2007

What a Difference!

This evening was 21° warmer than last night. Tonight's ride went a similar amount better. Looking at my ride log, last night was 50°F, I didn't finish it, and I had a PE (perceived exertion) of 9. Tonight, same ride plan, 71°F. I finished it and ended up with a PE of 7.

Because I made Beef and Veggie stew. I have no idea on the origin of my beef and veggie stew method. I can't remember what possessed me to put squash and zucchini in a stew. But I've cooked stew this way since my early days at LSU. It's really simple. First brown about 2-lbs of stew meat in bit of oil.

When its brown, drain off the liquids and put the meat in a pot. I add 1 can of beef broth, 1 can of chicken broth, about 1/2 packet Au Jus gravy mix, and a can of tomato paste. Add whatever spices you want. Then add lots of veggies. I use yellow squash, zucchini, and red potatoes.

Don't worry about how you chop up the squash. It will just turn to mush anyway. But that's the secret to my stew! The squash makes it thick without adding cornstarch or flour. Just chop it up and drop it into the pot...

Simmer until the meat is tender. Presto!



pinkgurugal said...

my mouth is watering. i'm cooking tonight

Dave said...

Ok, what time? ;-)