Sunday, 13 January 2013

a humble tomato celery mince stew

A simple mince stew, enriched with tomatoes and celery.

Happy new year, everyone!

I apologise for being somewhat missing in action lately. Work is still ridiculous at the moment so my posting schedule will likely be quite erratic for the next few weeks. I do hope you'll still remember to pop in every now and then, regardless!

When work is busy, I tend to eat quite takeaway more often, and while I do still cook, creativity in the kitchen will just have to wait, even on the weekends. I'm not thinking about unusual combinations or interesting juxtapositions, just something that I can throw together without much thought.

So we have this very humble mince, tomato and celery stew here, which I cooked up on New Year's Day. A couple of tomatoes and a handful of mince meat (pork, chicken, lamb, beef - it's up to you) are simmered together in some water, and as everything disintegrates and thickens, a few stalks of chopped celery is added, followed by a sprinkle of mixed dried herbs, salt and black pepper, and cooked just a little bit longer, until the celery mellows a little, while still retaining a crunch. And if you love your pepper, as I do, serve it with an extra grinding on top.

And that's it. Ready to serve.

A humble tomato-mince-celery stew.

Since making this stew, I've managed to create a couple of blog-worthy recipes amidst all the busyness, so let's stick around and see if I can get those posts up in the next week or so.

How has your January been so far?

22 comments:

  1. Yum!

    Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best.

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    1. Thanks Bookwyrme - it's not my best recipe but it certainly is very simple and tastes reasonable too. ;)

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  2. This looks very hearty and comforting. It will fit well into my cook and freeze recipes!

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  3. Simple and a quick fix meal when time is a factor. I can understand that there's other issues more important and I do have cut down on blogging.

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    1. Indeed, 'tis not always easy to find time to blog...

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  4. This looks delicious and simple!
    http://andgeesaid.blogspot.com.au/

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  5. looks so fresh and colourful and delicious. i'm hungry!
    my january has been stressful so far!

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    1. Eek about the stress... that makes the two of us!

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  6. Sometimes the only thing that will do is a simple bowl of soup. We know all about that in this house, and as a celery lover this is up my alley.

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    1. Very much so and high-five for being like-minded celery-lovers! :D

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  7. I have so much celery and tomato growing in my garden at the moment, the would be a great use for them, a delicious light and easy meal. Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. And thank you for coming by! Envious of your homegrown celery and tomato. :D

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  8. You've managed to make a very humble stew look extraordinarily appetising. Nice work!

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    1. Aw, thanks! It's the natural light and artful angle. ;)

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  9. Ahhh no worries at all, Leaf! I think we've all been busy too. It's so hard to get back into the swing of blogging once you've taken a break, isn't it? At least that's how I always feel. This is very, very similar to the ABC soup I made with pork+rosemary sausages, tomato, carrot and celery last night!! I had it again with rice at work today and humbling recipes are the most satisfying isn't it hehe

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    1. Yeah, though I don't exactly feel like I'm on a break... haha! I like the sound of your westernized ABC soup. :D

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  10. That sounds like a lovely hearty stew...
    I hope you are doing well!

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    1. Thank you, I am doing fine. I hope you are too. x

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  11. I tried this with lamb mince. Taste simply awesome...Thanks :)

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    1. Yay, glad you liked it - and lamb mince is certainly a great choice! :D

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