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Old 12-11-2015, 05:58 PM   #11
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Beef Stew it is Janet!! Can you share a recipe you'll be using as I'm never happy with mine.

Good idea GG!!
I don't exactly have a recipe but my standard beef stew is distinctly Moroccan in flavor profile and deeply scented with turmeric and clove.

Beef cubes, dredged in flour and seared
Lots of quartered onions, lightly browned in pan after beef (in the drippings)
Toasted spices: turmeric, cardamon, cumin, clove, cinnamon, hot paprika, red pepper, black pepper a bay leaf or two.
Fresh ginger and several cloves of garlic
Red wine (for deglazing and a little sweetness)
Diced tomatoes
Beef stock and some water
Assorted veggies (depending on what's in the fridge): carrots, parsnips, potatoes
Giant handful of fresh parsley at the end

Typically I would leave out most of the potatoes and serve this over couscous or with bread.
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Old 12-11-2015, 06:47 PM   #12
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Thanks Janet, that sounds so interesting a quite different from my stew. I bet it smells divine cooking! It's screaming for a more exotic name than stew I think.
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Since you say your menu lacks fresh veg...how about fresh veg crudities (e.g. celery, carrot sticks, green and red pepper slices) to go with dips like hummus or a dip with half mayo and half greek yogurt with some red or green pesto in it?
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Moroccan Beef Tajine Sounds amazing.
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Since you say your menu lacks fresh veg...how about fresh veg crudities (e.g. celery, carrot sticks, green and red pepper slices) to go with dips like hummus or a dip with half mayo and half greek yogurt with some red or green pesto in it?

Yes - i think this is the solution and easy. I might add a plate of fruit as well. next question:

Eggnog.... I hate the stuff but others like it so I picked up a carton of Horizon organic eggnog. What do I add to it for the 'nog' part?
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Yes - i think this is the solution and easy. I might add a plate of fruit as well. next question:

Eggnog.... I hate the stuff but others like it so I picked up a carton of Horizon organic eggnog. What do I add to it for the 'nog' part?
The nog part? Not sure what you mean, but I've had it served with cinnamon and optional rum.
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Nog would be nutmeg and brandy or rum!
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Which is better? Brandy or Rum?

Do I mix up the whole batch with the booze included or do I set out the bottle ?
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I think that's just personal taste. I would put the bottle on the side so people can have it or not.
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Either one. I prefer brandy, mixed into the eggnog. Tom and Jerrys would be another thought, my dad would mix up a big load of batter and serve it on Christmas Eve from his business.
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