Monday, November 26, 2007

snowed in

It snowed here last week. So much so that it finally feels like winter now; which in itself is a double edged sword shovel.

First, let's start with the good...

We like winter because in the colder weather we tend to cook slow, comfort foods like the above beef stew. This stew was cooked for 6 hours on very low heat, making the meat tender and flavorful. It was braised in red wine and garlic, along with carrots, onions, celery, and potatoes. Originally we were supposed to have this for dinner last night but unfortunately I didn't start it early enough in the day to allow it to cook in time for a decent hour dinner. So, I left it in the oven until it was done (11pm) and then reheated it for tonight's dinner.

I had mine as is, but Mony had his over rice.

I think it was even better today as the flavors had a chance to mingle and blend together overnight. An important tip...I think the secret ingredient to really good, savory stew is good quality wine and large strips of orange zest. There is just something about beef and orange that pair up so well together.

And now to the bad...

The new house has snow in it!!
This gives new meaning to the term snowed in...

Remember last week when it looked like this:

Hopefully the weather won't delay any construction; we're so anxious to see more progress! Stay tuned...

4 comments:

ima said...

Oh my god the house is starting to take shape, I see a hint of stairs...very exciting....the stew looks so good...didn't you buy a crock pot ?

erin said...

I love beef stew too! And I'm very excited to see the house transformation! It hasn't really snowed here yet (NJ).

Aimée said...

Oh my gosh, get me a bowl of that stew! The snow is kind of pretty, but yeah, sucks for construction.

Hillary said...

Gorgeous house!! Sorry it already has snow! I hate snow...and I'm dreading when Chicago is covered in it! Food looks great!