autumn beef stew

hi sweets!

As much as I love pretty clothes & posting my favorite fashion looks, I also adore culinary shenanigans. This recipe was inspired by a dear friend of mine. I tweaked it a bit & added some of my favorite ingredients. About a year ago, I found a crockpot laying around at home and couldn’t imagine what I could possibly make that would taste declicious. The whole “the food cooks in its own juices” seemed too easy. The best thing about it is that it IS easy. Days are busy, so sometimes it gets hard to cook a full meal without spending hours of effort and time on it. With a crockpot, I simply chop up all the ingredients & throw them in. Hours later, I come home from whatever I was doing that day to the heavenly aroma of an easily-prepared dish. The ingredients listed below are all according to my taste buds, so feel free to add/subtract according to yours! 🙂 One more thing, have a blessed & sweet 2015 Thanksgiving with your families & loved ones. Happy Cookin  ♥Alina

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FOODS YOU’LL NEED

1 lb beef  (favorite – steak meat)

1 medium carrot

1 celery stick

2 garlic cloves

1 medium onion

1 can mushrooms

3/4 can of corn

1/3 cup flour

3-4 bay leaves

2 tbsp tomato paste

3 cups hot water

salt, pepper, cayenee

any other seasonings you love

LET’S COOK

  1. Chop your preferred beef meat into thick, large pieces
  2. Cut carrot into rounds
  3. Halve the celery stick
  4. Peel garlic gloves (you will be throwing them in full)
  5. Peel & cut onion in half & slice it into half circles
  6. Mix 2 tbsps of tomato paste with 1/3 cup flour (i use a whisk, but a fork works just as well)
  7. Slowly pour 3 cups of hot water, while whisking
  8. Add all your seasonings (salt, pepper, cayenee) into the tomato paste mixture                                          Now it’s time to put it all together!
  9. Throw the meat, veggies, & tomato paste mixture into your crockpot
  10. Use a big spoon to mix everything together. Foods will start flying out, but don’t worry, it’s all part of the process 🙂 ( Add more hot water or flour to make the stew more or less thick – according your preferences.
  11. Top it off with a few bayleaves & set your crockpot to high heat for 5 hours.                                   When it’s all finished, I like to pour the stew over white rice or mashed potatoes.                                    Here’s to a hearty home cooked dish cooked simply. Enjoy ♥