HT couple who's used to sunshine, autumn, temperature wise, is already winter for us. And out of principle, we haven't switched on the heater. (haha trying hard to get used to it).
And what do we do to compensate when the temperature is slowly going down? We take care of our tummies!
Autumn beef stew
As most of my family and friends know how inexperience I am in the kitchen, definitely this is not an original recipe. My past time right now, is looking up online on recipes and try making it in our kitchen. And i would like to share my favorite kitchen blog, Kayotic Kitchen which was recommended by another famous blogger here in the Netherlands, thanks oranjeflamingo. Aside from the good photos which motivates me to do my own version, the recipes were easy to make.
My Autumn beef stew was inspired by Kayotic kitchen's Winter cranberry beef stew. (check out the link for the full recipe). It took me only 10 minutes to put everything in the pan but simmered it for 1 1/2 hours (the longer the better so the meat would be more tender).
After sautéing onions and bacon bits, i just mix salt, paprika, pepper, the beef cubes, beef stock, tomato paste and of course the key ingredients, a cup or red wine and 3 tbsp. of molasses which gave out the balance taste of this dish. Drop a few bay leaves for more aroma.
And to give an asian hint on this dish, i put a few slices of chilies.
Voila! HT hubbie loved it!
We cheated on this dish and got ready made soft tortilla and pre-mixed sauces (you know when lazy days kicked in). We used chicken as our source of protein and loaded ourselves with more carbohydrates by adding a big serving of rice and overdosage of cheese. Of course, chilies (again) were added in this dish.
And last but not the least...
HT hubbie's apple pie!
I visited friends in another city and when I came home, HT hubbie surprised me with this wonderful yummy, rich-in-vitamins pie!
Spicy food, delicious meals and well-fed tummies, we're definitely ready for the winter!
How about you? What food do you fancy when it's cold?