Monday, January 5, 2015

Granny Miller's Beef (Pork), Potato and Parsley Stew

Happy New Year everyone! Here's wishing a year of good health, happiness, love, and stay safe wherever you may be. May the year 2015 be the best one yet!

"Happy, Healthy", the theme for this week at I Heart Cooking Clubs (IHCC). We are cooking with Diana Henry and this week's theme is to cook "those good for you dishes that tasted great and make your belly happy".

My belly is certainly "burp-ily" happy after I had a bowl of this simple and delicious stew! It is light with lots of leek, celery and potatoes, and garnished with more parsley.

Diana Henry's recipe uses beef on the bone, but I have used pork stewing meat instead. I've used double the amount of celery. The leeks from my garden pot are of medium-sized ones, so I have used about 5. Henry has indicated that the soup needs the large amount of potatoes, as some would be broken up and others left as chunks in the stew. She's right, the broken up potatoes add a "richness" to a light soupy stew.

A simple easy stew to cook, with lots of veggies and potatoes, which are certainly healthy and yummy.

This is a simple and delicious bowl of stew.  A bowl of this stew when served hot, with a generous sprinkling of black pepper and garnished with lots of parsley, would certainly make any belly happy! 

Granny Miller's Beef, Potato and Parsley Stew
(adapted from : "Food From Plenty", Diana Henry)
Serves 6
1kg (2lb 4oz) shin of beef on the bone (I use pork stewing meat)
900gm (2lb) Maris Piper potatoes, halved or quartered, depending on size
2 celery sticks (and any celery leaves you have), roughly chopped
2 leeks, diced
salt and pepper
40gm (1-1/2 oz) parsley, roughly chopped

  1. Put the beef into a big saucepan (big enough to hold all the vegetables later) and add enough cold water to cover. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer steadily for 1-1/2 hours, or until the beef is falling off the bone. Skim from time to time. Lift the meat from its cooking liquid and leave to cool. (I boiled the pork stewing meat for about 45 minutes, did not remove it from the pot. Add the potatoes, and continue to cook  as in step 2).
  2. Add the potatoes to the beef stock and cook for about 30 minutes, until they start to break up (you should have a mixture of potato chunks and a soupy potato puree). Now add the celery and leeks and season really well. (There is so much potato in this it needs it). Simmer for a further 15 minutes.
  3. When the beef is cool enough to handle, remove it from the bones, discarding any fatty bits and sinew, I find using my hands is the easiest way. The meat should be in bite-sized chunks, but it doesn't have to be exact. Stir the beef into the stew with the parsley and heat it through. Check the seasoning and serve the stew in flat soup plates.

I'm linking this post with I Heart Cooking Clubs (IHCC), theme for this week, "Happy Healthy"

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  1. Look so yummy and appetizing! Maybe I can substitute the pork with meat or chicken.

  2. Yay, you are back!!! I've been checking your blog almost every other day. Nice delicious stew you have there! :)

  3. Look so good Joyce!
    Happy new year dear!

  4. Welcome back! Perfect healthy comfort food--love the leek, potato and parsley combination.
    Thanks for sharing it with Souper Sundays too! ;-)

  5. Hi Joyce! Happy New Year! This porky stew sure looks good. It is a nice change from all the rich celebratory food that we have been having over Christmas and New Year. It's like doing penance but an enjoyable one :D

  6. Joyce, this stew is definitely healthy and yummy especially after days of feasting for the new year. I love the gorgeous greens you grow in your garden :)

  7. The stew looks hearty, warming and delicious too!

  8. nice clear soup... love this to go with plain rice! yummmm

  9. Hi Joyce, welcome back!
    This pot of pork, potato and parsley stew looks so yummy-licious.
    Let's cheers for a great start to the new year !

  10. I would certainly be very happy with a bowl of that to enjoy! Love the potato-leek combination!

  11. Happy 2015, Joyce!!!

    Welcome back to blogging!!! This is a healthy dish to kick start your 2015 :D

  12. yumm, I would love a bowl of that on a cold rainy day. looks so comforting

  13. Happy New Year , Joyce and to your family !!!! That hearty dish sure looks wonderful and will make every tummy happy :D

  14. This kind of food is right up my street, homely, tasty and honest. Lovely!

  15. The weather is so chilly these days... a hot soup like this will definitely make my belly happy! Happy New Year to you and your family! May 2015 be an amazing and delicious year for you and your family!

  16. Joyce I added my last recipe to your Cook books but I dont find the link, maybe is not ready. When will be I will add:))

  17. that stew looks amazing. Wow so hearty and rich. the perfect dish for a cold winter

  18. This does look like a lovely light and healthy version of a stew, and my belly would be very happy with a bowlful of that. I'm think it would also be delicious made with chicken or even lamb stewing chops.

  19. I would love a bowl of that lovely stew right now to warm my belly :)