There is literal and metaphorical stew involved in today’s very short post. Last Monday, MLK Day, I went shopping at Trader Joe’s and bought ingredients for turkey chili and beef stew, both meals I can make in the crock pot. I made the chili last week so today was time for the beef stew. I looked around for a bunch of different recipes, but basically I ended up using what I had.
In my stew:
- Frozen peas
- Mini potatoes
- 3 cups beef broth
- 1 cup of red wine (my favorite ingredient)
- Garlic (minced)
- Garlic powder
ANDDDD BEEF! I did not brown the beef fully before I put it in the crock pot, just on the outside. The inside was still pink. The reasoning behind this? I was supposed to put my stew in the crock for 8 hours on LOW, but I didn’t know if I’d be able to make it back to my apartment in 8 hours. I knew I would be able to get back in 5, so I wanted to slow cook it on HIGH. However, I was afraid that if I did not cook the beef a little first, it would not be done in 5 hours. Not really into raw beef, you know? So, 5.5 hours later and my beef stew is done! It tastes great. I think there could be a little something added to make the broth a little thicker, but overall I think it’s a great first beef stew and it will be a great meal for the week. And relatively healthy, as well.
After preparing my beef stew, we went to the library. As I was gazing at the a random shelf of books, Chris handed me this. I am so excited to read it! I’ve never heard of it before, but it sounds pretty good. One of the reviews says: “Very funny, very honest and very emotional, whether you’re in serious training or thinking about running for the bus, this book will make you want to put on your trainers.” So that makes me even more excited.
Then, I found my perfect hat. The search is over.
NEXT, I FINALLY got to see Bao Bao! The baby panda at the Smithsonian National Zoo. The panda above is her mama.
Bao Bao is in there. Sleeping. OF COURSE. I guess I will have to resort to the panda cam.
Have a wonderful Saturday night!