Friday, February 10, 2006

one bottle of beer = dinner for four

Some of my readers are going to think I've gone mad, but last night I sacrificed a perfectly good bottle of beer to make stew. Guinness stew to be exact. I had clipped a recipe from a magazine some time ago and it kept ghosting around in my head so I finally decided to go for it.



The ingredients:
Lamb, onions, leeks, garlic, celery root, carrots, green beans, potatoes, parsley, bay leaf, thyme, beef broth and...a bottle of Original Guinness/Extra Stout.

The verdict:
Mr. M plowed his way through two platefuls.

Boy12 said, "This tastes a lot better than it looks. Can I have more please?"

Boy9 said, "I'm not eating that!"

And me? I'm not really a stew person, but I quite enjoyed it and I'm having leftovers for lunch today.

Status quo has been maintained.

45 Comments:

At February 10, 2006 1:59 PM, Blogger Ms Mac said...

Mmmmmmm! Looks delish! And hearty for this weather!

 
At February 10, 2006 2:03 PM, Anonymous neil said...

You mean you wasted a perfectly fine bottle of Guinness, which is a meal in itself?
Okay, it looks scrummy, but there's a principle here.

 
At February 10, 2006 2:04 PM, Blogger christina said...

Ms Mac. - Thanks! We've been having the most awful weather so it's nice to have something warm and comforting.

Neil- Somehow I knew you'd say that. :-):-)

 
At February 10, 2006 2:31 PM, Blogger Mr. Fabulous said...

Sigh...relish...stew...I'm sorry, I'm not going to be able to come over for dinner...

:)

 
At February 10, 2006 2:45 PM, Anonymous Wendi said...

It looks great!
If I was a meat eater, I think I might have to come over for dinner sometime. :)

 
At February 10, 2006 3:07 PM, Blogger Elemmaciltur said...

Can you pack some in Tupperware and send it down to Munich???

 
At February 10, 2006 3:27 PM, Blogger Fahd Mirza said...

ahan

 
At February 10, 2006 4:46 PM, Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

Looks very good. I love stew, but OrangeX isn't a big fan of it. Hmmm. Maybe if I tell him that there's beer in it??? Otherwise, I'll just make it for myself :-)

 
At February 10, 2006 5:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

MMMMM. Looks even better than wabbit stew. How's that for anonymous?

 
At February 10, 2006 6:11 PM, Blogger euro-trac said...

Ooooh... that looks lovely!
I'm chuckling over the 29 comments that you had over a jar of pickle!
:-)

 
At February 10, 2006 6:12 PM, Blogger Nyana said...

that looks like a good one! there's nothing like some stew to comfort sould in winter. it's so filling too! i have a question for you tho: is lamb popular in germany or do they mainly eat beef like we do in canada?

 
At February 10, 2006 6:24 PM, Anonymous Alison said...

YUM! I'm not a beer drinker but I have made beer stew and used it to marinate steaks and both were delish. I'll have to give your recipe a try. It looks divine!

 
At February 10, 2006 7:52 PM, Blogger Sal DeTraglia said...

I see no conflict of interest here. One bottle of Guiness for the cooking, and five for the cook.

Sal

 
At February 10, 2006 8:35 PM, Blogger J said...

oh dear god, woman! Either cook for me or stop making me hungry! :)

 
At February 10, 2006 9:43 PM, Blogger The SeaWitch said...

I'm a vegetarian, so all this is lost on me but I thought for SURE you'd have used your jar of relish instead of beer in the stew since you said whatever you eat, eat it with relish. And your Guinness would be still in your fridge today! Why must I do the thinking for the two of us? LOL

 
At February 10, 2006 10:51 PM, Blogger Sal DeTraglia said...

Excuse me, Seawitch. But isn't Guiness a vegetarian drink?

Think I'll have a Guiness salad right now!

 
At February 10, 2006 11:01 PM, Blogger Lisa said...

MMMMMmmmm beer!
MMMMMmmmm stew!
Beer *in* stew!
*passes out from lust*

 
At February 10, 2006 11:13 PM, Blogger christina said...

mr. fabulous - You and Mrs. Fab are welcome any time. :-)

Wendi - Sure, come on over, we'll just pick out the pieces of meat! Only kidding. I've heard that some German restaurants will tell people that a dish is vegetarian, and when they get it, there's bacon in it and if they complain, the waiter says, "That's not meat, that's bacon!" :-)

Elemm - I would, but knowing how slow Deutsche Post is, I'd be afraid of you getting food poisoning! P.S. I can't post on your blog any more. I only see your most current post - no profile, no archives, no place to comment. Is that because of Firefox? I'm using IE6.

fahd mirza - Thanks for visiting. I have no idea what 'ahan' means but I hope it's something good.

canadian swiss - Yeah, I know - some people don't like their food all mushed up together. I think the stew woudld freeze really well if you left out the potatoes and cooked some up to add when you were heating it up again.

anonymous wabbit - you are SO wascally!

euro-trac - There is obviously more interest in relish than I had previously thought. :-)

Nyana - Yes, lamb is quite popular, but it's expensive. There's a large Turkish population in Germany so there's a good market for it, though. Germans seem to eat way more pork than beef. Pork is exremely cheap and plentiful here.

Alison - I'm not a beer drinker either but the taste doesn't really come through in the stew. If you google "Irish Stew" or "Guinness Stew" there are all sorts of variations and you can do what suits you best.

Sal - Listen, amigo, if this cook were to drink five bottles of beer while preparing dinner, there would BE no dinner. For day, even. :-)

J - You'll just have to move closer so you can come for dinner every night. If you have an oven, you could make this stew - it's fool proof.

Seawitch - Hey wait a minute, how do you know that I didn't eat my stew with beer AND relish and just forgot to tell you. Huh? Huh? :-)
Is it hard being a vegetarian in Greece? I keep thinking of that line from My Big Fat Greek Wedding - "What you mean he don't eat no meat? That's OK, I make lamb!" :-)

 
At February 10, 2006 11:16 PM, Blogger christina said...

Sal - (slow Friday evening, eh?) Guinness salad? Now there's an idea!

 
At February 10, 2006 11:16 PM, Blogger christina said...

*Mausi fans Lisa with crocheted potholder*

 
At February 10, 2006 11:27 PM, Anonymous Wendy said...

I'm not a stew person either but when I do make one it's always with Guinness - it makes it delish - and I usually add red kidney beans too.

 
At February 10, 2006 11:50 PM, Blogger Sal DeTraglia said...

Maus:

Every Friday evening is a slow one when you're 95 years old.

Sal

 
At February 10, 2006 11:59 PM, Blogger christina said...

Sal - Tell me about it. I'm 96. :-)

 
At February 11, 2006 12:04 AM, Blogger Dixie said...

It looks tasty but B won't eat lamb. He loves for me to make beef stew though.

This is definitely stew weather.

 
At February 11, 2006 12:18 AM, Blogger christina said...

Dixie - A lot of the recipes I found after I had made this one were actually made with beef instead of lamb so you could easily substitute it.

 
At February 11, 2006 12:40 AM, Blogger Nyana said...

Guinness drinkers seem to be VERY loyal to the brand name. They don't drink anything else + it's like smoking to them: They have to have a Guinness for each special occasion, or when they're bored. What do they put in it? Maybe some olive oil, lettuce flavouring, carrot extract, and balsamic vinegar...
Plus, you're not 96 people.
We're all 20 and still very beautiful.

 
At February 11, 2006 1:12 AM, Blogger Tim Rice said...

With the possible exception of the beer, that looks and sounds good. Beer somehows always turns me off.

 
At February 11, 2006 2:16 AM, Blogger Betty said...

The stew looks wonderful. I'm reminding myself I gave up meat.

 
At February 11, 2006 2:17 AM, Blogger Cathy said...

Looks divine. I cooked stew last night, but it certainly was not photogenic stew, like yours...

 
At February 11, 2006 7:12 AM, Blogger Garnet said...

Wowzers! I'm not a stew person either but I won't turn away food made with Guiness! Yum!

 
At February 11, 2006 7:48 AM, Blogger Karen said...

It looks and sounds wonderful. Hmmmm.

 
At February 11, 2006 8:29 AM, Blogger The SeaWitch said...

Sal...The Guinness is perfect for vegetarians like me...the lamb, however, is not. LOL

Christina...You are 110% correct...you very well could have eaten your relish with your stew. But I can only work with the information I'm given from your blog. Jumping to conclusions is the only exercise I get. LOL And yes, Greeks will still cook me chicken, cheese quiches with bacon and grilled fish for me when they find out I'm a vegetarian. Lucikly for me, Greece has wonderful vegetarian meals...I just don't why BEING a vegetarian is so bizarre to them.

 
At February 11, 2006 12:27 PM, Blogger Elemmaciltur said...

Christina, I don't know why. Which version of Firefox have you got? Because I switched back to version 1.0.7 after the latest (1.5.0.1) gave me such a problem with blogger.

You should be able to post comments normally on my blog. As for the posts themselves, I've put in a 'cut' on some posts where you have to click on "Click to continue reading", in order to read the full post. I did that so not to stretch the page with long entries and pictures.

Apart from that, Blogger is optimised for viewing with Firefox...thus, IE won't let you view it properly.

 
At February 11, 2006 1:05 PM, Blogger Elemmaciltur said...

Hmmmm...that's weird. I don't know if other people are having problems like you're having with my blog or not. The 'cut' is an HTML-code built into the template. So, normally I would have to put in *span class="fullpost"* rest of the post */span* for the cut. But I found out that when I just put in *span class="fullpost"* without closing the tag at the end, the message "Click to continue reading" would not appear on the post (at least on my computer). I think it might be the cause of the problem. However, like I said, I don't know whether you're the only one experiencing the problem.

Maybe you should switch over to Firefox anyway. ;)

 
At February 11, 2006 1:25 PM, Blogger woman wandering said...

Yum!

 
At February 11, 2006 6:31 PM, Blogger Expat Traveler said...

Yum - that looks incredible. We might just make something like that tonight!

 
At February 12, 2006 8:32 AM, Blogger Andrea said...

nononono beer works AWSOME in stew, I am surprised more people dont do it.
great for marinating steak too

 
At February 12, 2006 12:04 PM, Blogger Cynthia Rae said...

This looks wonderful! Can I come to your house for lunch today????

Cyn

 
At February 12, 2006 12:28 PM, Blogger hippo_pepperpot said...

yummmmmmers. I love to put beer in chili... but that looks really good.

 
At February 12, 2006 3:15 PM, Blogger Ginnie said...

What's wrong with you, Woman--not a stew person?! It looks absolutely FABULOUS! Now if you had said you weren't a Guinness person, I would have understood :)

 
At February 12, 2006 6:25 PM, Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

Time to post, dear. You're up to 40comments again! ;-)

 
At February 12, 2006 6:49 PM, Blogger Haddock said...

Lamb stew is a personal favourite of mine - add the Guinness and I'd say you have the perfect meal for winter! :)

 
At February 12, 2006 7:33 PM, Blogger Tracie B. said...

mmm...i love stew! and i love guiness! what a coincidence...

 
At February 12, 2006 7:36 PM, Blogger Just another American Expat said...

I have to agree with Sal...no harm done as long as you are drinking one bottle while drowning the stew with another.

 
At February 13, 2006 3:47 PM, Blogger Ginnie said...

CanadianSwiss is way too funny. I'm glad to see she's keeping you honest :)

 

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