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01 January 2009 @ 06:33 pm
HAPPY NEW YEAR! *throws confetti*  
On the interest of starting the new year off with a kick, I give you a cooking blog post!

I came home earlier in the week to find that my quirky, lovable husband had printed out a recipe and placed it on the bar for me. A plain piece of printer paper with the title Irish Beef Stew, and a note in his neat handwriting, "New New Year's Tradition."

Nolan. Subtle, he ain't.

So, away we go! Pictures under the cut!

The cast of characters. (Minus the clementines behind the potatoes) Look at that big freaking blue bowl of raw meat. *shudders* Raw meat makes me kinda oogie, and for an extra oog factor, I used ELK meat, from an actual elk that good old hubs took out before he'd corrupted the other elk with his horrible ways. Nolan assures me that he only shoots the wildlife that cheat on their wives and smoke behind the buildings, wear leather jackets, talk back to their mothers, etc.

First, I chop everything. I have several different kinds of potatoes here, not because I'm trying to be exotic, but because that's what I had. And I'm an equal opportunity potato eater, I don't care what color they are. YAY, starch!

In th back ground, you'll note Aiden the sexy laptop; mynuet and I are writing a backup fic for the dgficexchange and we're almost done! Woo hoo!

Leftover carrots. It's stew. It's carrots. Who's gonna care?

Aaron, that's who. "Mom? Why are there two different kinds of carrots in this soup?"

Stinking kid.

Garlic. Yeah, baby. Onions.

Look at my mad choppin' skillz. I ROCK OUT LOUD.

Brown the meat. Try not to oog out.

Meat's brown. Somehow less oogie.

Add the garlic. I LOVE the way this smells.

Add the beef stock. Ignore the ghostly white hand pouring it in.

Add the Guinness. As best I can tell, it sweetens it, because the alcohol cooks off.

The wine does the same thing. The wine in my glass beside me, has acheived its goal, though! Woot! Happy New Year! (Shut up, I'm celebrating.)

Add the tomato paste. I used the whole little jar. Yeah, throw that bad boy in!

Saute the other veggies in butter. BUTTER. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm. there goes my New Year's resolutions. *waves at them as they go by*

All sauteed.

My artsy camera shot of the chopped parsely.

Add the sauteed veggies to the stew meat.

It says to garnish with parsley, but we're not a garnish-y kind of people. I threw it in. But heck, I'm on my second glass of wine after having nothing but pancakes earlier this morning. My judgment might be a smidge off.

I'm about to serve this with cornbread and iced tea, and I'm sending New Year's love to the f-list.


Irish Beef Stew Recipe


* 1/4 cup olive oil
* 1 1/4 pounds stew beef, cut into 1-inch pieces
* 6 large garlic cloves, minced
* 6 cups beef stock or canned beef broth
* I cup of Guinness beer
* 1 cup of fine red wine
* 2 tablespoons tomato paste
* 1 tablespoon sugar
* 1 tablespoon dried thyme
* 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
* 2 bay leaves
* 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter
* 3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 7 cups)
* 1 large onion, chopped
* 2 cups 1/2-inch pieces peeled carrots
* Salt and Pepper
* 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley


1 Heat olive oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add beef and sauté until brown on all sides, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté 1 minute. Add beef stock, Guinness, red wine, tomato paste, sugar, thyme, Worcestershire sauce and bay leaves. Stir to combine. Bring mixture to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, then cover and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

2 While the meat and stock is simmering, melt butter in another large pot over medium heat. Add potatoes, onion and carrots. Sauté vegetables until golden, about 20 minutes. Set aside until the beef stew in step one has simmered for one hour.

3 Add vegetables to beef stew. Simmer uncovered until vegetables and beef are very tender, about 40 minutes. Discard bay leaves. Tilt pan and spoon off fat. Transfer stew to serving bowl. Sprinkle with parsley and serve. (Can be prepared up to 2 days ahead. Salt and pepper to taste. Cool slightly. Refrigerate uncovered until cold, then cover and refrigerate. Bring to simmer before serving.)

Serves 4 to 6.
I am:: the couch
idreamofdracoidreamofdraco on January 2nd, 2009 01:45 am (UTC)
It looks really good! Haha. Your picture captions are funny. :) I think it's pretty impossible to make resolutions to cut yummy stuff out of your diet. I don't even try. ;D
Carrie Leigh: nice asscarrie_leigh on January 2nd, 2009 03:00 pm (UTC)
I would die without butter. And Chocolate. And white bread.

Jandy the Gnome Whisperer: Office *tackle hugs*jandjsalmon on January 2nd, 2009 01:47 am (UTC)
Nolan assures me that he only shoots the wildlife that cheat on their wives and smoke behind the buildings, wear leather jackets, talk back to their mothers, etc.

This right there is why I love your husband. (shhhhh don't tell jay I said that)

And I LOVE that Aiden is on the counter by the potatoes. Aiden sorta sounds like an Irish Stew eater! *nods firmly* (and yeah - I know two women who are going to get a freaking awesome banner or something from that cowish mod at the exchange because they rock so hard)

Favourite picture? It was a close one with the oogie raw Elk - but I like your artsy parsley and think that it's fun to say artsyparsley too. *coughs* No, no I haven't been drinking your wine, why do you ask?

It looks SUPER yummy. YAY for subtle hubbies. *love you*
Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on January 2nd, 2009 03:02 pm (UTC)
Your comment made me giggle all over the place. :D


I just found a new tongue twister for class!

Love you, too!
Jandy the Gnome Whisperer: Kara - Grinjandjsalmon on January 3rd, 2009 02:35 am (UTC)

Well, if I managed to make you laugh - then my job here is done! HUZZAH!! :D
Brendan: Brendan and Molly Malonebrendanm720 on January 2nd, 2009 01:52 am (UTC)
[points to icon]

I had something kind of like that the day before I met Molly here... Only it was mutton.

Nummy Stuff.

[transcribes recipe into little black cookbook]
Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on January 2nd, 2009 03:03 pm (UTC)
It WAS good. Though at least with the elk meat, it needed to simmer about 45 minutes more to get the mead tender. :)
Brendan: Alton Brown - Mixer Gunbrendanm720 on January 2nd, 2009 03:59 pm (UTC)

Makes sense.
dragonsangel68: TW - Edward/Bella smirkdragonsangel68 on January 2nd, 2009 02:22 am (UTC)
Got to love non-subtle husbands ;) I must remember this recipe come winter!

Happy New Year!
Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on January 2nd, 2009 03:04 pm (UTC)
Oooh. I forget you are in the middle of summer. Yes, not something you'd want to eat while in your swimsuit. :)
Adelagia: unapologetic fangirladelagia on January 2nd, 2009 02:36 am (UTC)
All cookbooks should be like your cooking blog posts. That is all.

No, I lied: Happy new year!
Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on January 2nd, 2009 03:05 pm (UTC)
Hee. It'd be fun to write a cookbook. Entertaining, anyway.

Happy New Year to you, too!

raspberry_rave on January 2nd, 2009 03:50 am (UTC)
Nolan assures me that he only shoots the wildlife that cheat on their wives and smoke behind the buildings, wear leather jackets, talk back to their mothers, etc.

LOL! Your husband is hilarious (and very non-subtle). It sounds yummy. I didn't know there were different kinds of carrots. Oh, well.

Happy 2009! :)
Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on January 2nd, 2009 03:19 pm (UTC)
Nolan is amusing. It's one of the main reasons I married him.

And there aren't different kinds of carrots, that I know of. These were just cut differently. :)

O Demanding One: Winter: Let It Snow Let It Snow Let It Sheyurs on January 2nd, 2009 06:03 am (UTC)

MMMMM! Yum! Wish I could have made it for dinner. xD

*huggles your stinking little kid* Reminds me of mine. HA! :D

Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on January 2nd, 2009 03:22 pm (UTC)
It was yummy. I recommend it highly!
O Demanding One: Express: Grin X)  Snoopyheyurs on January 2nd, 2009 03:55 pm (UTC)

Any leftovers? :D

Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on January 2nd, 2009 04:09 pm (UTC)
Yup! We'll be having it for dinner, tonight, too!
O Demanding One: Winter: Snowy Pavillionheyurs on January 2nd, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)

Set two extra places, please? *g* Our two stinking baby punks can pick out the "different" carrots! :D

seegrim: 2009seegrim on January 2nd, 2009 06:12 am (UTC)
Woot! It's another installment of cooking with Carrie!

I loved it, thanks!

I bet it'll taste even better tomorrow after the flavors blend a bit more.

Btw, I miss you. I want to be home. *pouts*
Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on January 2nd, 2009 03:24 pm (UTC)
I should have my own T.V. show. "Cooking with Carrie."

....Where as much wine goes in the cook as in the stew. :D

I want you to be home, too!
Brendan: Alton Brown - Lightbulbbrendanm720 on January 2nd, 2009 04:00 pm (UTC)
Something tells me that it'll be something like watching Justin Wilson or Graham Kerr...
Not a lady at all: animal: penguinscosmo_jenny on January 2nd, 2009 10:19 am (UTC)
Looking good.
Maybe I should post about my goulasch the next time, too ;)

Aiden looks like he is the cousin of Karl (my laptop). Is he a HP Pavilion?
Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on January 2nd, 2009 03:24 pm (UTC)
Aiden is an HP Pavillion Entertainment PC.

He's a love.
Not a lady at allcosmo_jenny on January 2nd, 2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
May I introduce you to Karl, who is a HP Pavillion Entertainment PC as well? *g*

Yes, he is a love as well. Very trusty and so handy and a great conflict mediator (I don't need to fight with the rest of my family for computer and internet time anymore.)
maureen: Guinnessmaureen on January 2nd, 2009 01:53 pm (UTC)
Mmmmmmm Irish stew. I love stew of any kind and, you know, being Irish and all... I wish I liked to cook, I do. You make it look fun, but I know better!
Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on January 2nd, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC)
It's not all fun, but I do enjoy it. It soothes the savage beast within, if you know what I mean.
Jessica K Malfoy: hookjessicakmalfoy on January 2nd, 2009 03:36 pm (UTC)
That looks yummy & fun. I might have to make a half sized pot.
Also, very funny how your husband determines his elk of choice!