>Beef Stew and Dumplings plus our weekend

>The weekend flew past so quickly, too quick for my liking. I really want 3day weekends, with 5day weekdays which means 8days in a week! Why didn’t they think of that in those early days? Couldn’t they just come up with another day… like ‘Falasday‘ or something?? We didn’t do much, just stayed in. Well, I stayed in more because my husband was invited by the company to play a game of golf on Friday from the wee morning hours until about midday. At least he got to go out and stretch his legs under the sun, I was bored out of my mind, couldn’t sleep in (woke up at 6am), didn’t want to go to the gym, so I just spent my time on the internet, browsing for gossip and emails. And for the rest of the day, we spent it at home as well as Saturday, just lazying about at home, on the couch, watching Friends.

I stared out the window now and then, feeling only the heat from the sun in my imagination and saw a few workers out there working on putting in the final touches on the 2 apartment buildings just in front of ours. There’s an electrical substation right next to our building as well that’s slowly making it’s way up from the ground and to make things worse, there are plans up for a building (be you it’s another high apartment building) at the corner to block the view from the gym. Damn it.

But on Friday night, beef stew was on the menu. The ingredients for this lovely dish was:

1 large carrot
4 celery sticks
400g fresh mushrooms
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can tomato paste
1 whole garlic bulb
4 medium onions
450g stewing beef (into cubes)

The garlic and onion went in first with a dollop of olive oil, stir fry until golden brown. Then add in the carrots, fry a little bit more and add in the beef. Stir fry till brown, semi cooked through. Add in the diced tomatoes and paste, along with some water and beef stock. Mix through evenly. Stir for about 5-10min, then add in the mushrooms and celery, again mix and stir in evenly. Cover to stew for about 20min, stirring the mixture now and then, only twice. Make sure the carrots and the beef are soft and tender and season to taste with salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce. Add some red wine as well if you would like a richer hearty taste to the stew.

The dumplings were taken from Jamie Oliver’s cookbook – with 250g self rising flour, 125g cold butter, cubed, salt and pepper and 5tbsp water (otherwise enough to hold the dough). Mix the ingredients together and mould them into round balls. Bake at 180deg C for about 30min until golden brown at the top. My dumplings came out crunchy because I didn’t put enough flour, so it tasted like shortbread. They were lovely though, cookie dumplings with beef stew – nice one!

The beef stew was accompanied with some left overs consisting of roasted butternut, carrots and garlic cloves, seasoned with thyme and rosemary, salt, pepper and extra virgin olive oil.

Dinner went really well, it was rich and hearty, with loads left over for tonight’s dinner. We went out food shopping yesterday and found that we didn’t have to buy so much food as we had so much left over from last week. It was a small shop but we bought some extra bits for our Saturday lunch (normally lazy lunch) – chicken samosas, falafel and chippies accompanied with Tommy K and (sweet) chili sauces. We were totally stuffed after that for the rest of the day, only taking in coffee, juice and fruits for the rest of the night.

Woke up this morning with toast and coffee for breakfast, and a banana. Still very sleepy but can’t seem to go back to sleep, might take a nap abit later on, depending on how I feel. Just hung up a big load of washing, now sat down and enjoying Star Wars on screen. The days seem to just fly pass and I’m not paying attention to it. Gym should commence again tomorrow – hopefully.