Thursday, September 18, 2008

Hearty Early Fall Stew

It looks like we can kiss summer goodbye here in ye olde northe. The nights are quite cool (threats of frost) and the days, while sunny, have that fallish nip in the air. Suffice it to say the bike ride into campus in the morning is a tad chilly. Weather like this makes me think of pumpkins, beautiful leaves, and tasty stews like this one. I love the whole potatoes and baby carrots because they give it a really hearty look and texture.

INGREDIENTS
- 2 tbsp oil
- 1 large sweet onion, halved and sliced
- 2 ribs celery, diced
- 1 leek, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1.5 lbs mixed baby potatoes (red, yellow, white, purple)
- 2 cups baby carrots (or more)
- 1 can mixed beans, rinsed and drained
- water
- 1 tsp sage
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp coriander
- 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
- 1 tbsp HP or A1 sauce
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- salt and pepper
- 2 cups frozen peas
- 1/4 cup flour
- generous 1/2 cup soy milk

METHOD
1. Heat oil over medium heat in a large pot. Saute onions, celery, leek, and garlic for 7-10 mins, until soft and translucent. Add potatoes, carrots, and beans and mix well.
2. Add enough water to cover veggies about 3/4 of the way (i.e. some veggies should be poking out of the water). Add seasonings (including parsley) and sauces and bring to bubbling. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 15-20 mins, until potatoes and carrots are soft.
3. Put flour and soy milk in a container with a tight-fitting lid and shake to mix together. Add to stew with peas and bring to bubbling. Add more liquid, or more flour mixture to get the consistency you like. Adjust seasonings to taste and serve.

8 comments:

Jenni said...

Its cooler here tonight, and this looks so good! I'll definitely be trying this in the fall!

Nikki Douglas said...

This is going on my list Vegan Dad. It is getting cooler here at night too in Florida. It is 67 degrees right now. I have the window open and the air is so fresh. I have many trees around and the air tastes like fall.

Level 20 Bard said...

Looks great! Especially since I am unfortunately at home sick today, this just might be my lunch! Help turn around my low mood.

Beats my Onion soup recipe idea at least!

Janet said...

Yum, that stew looks delicious! I bet it tastes great with a big slice of bread from Copeland Organic Bakery on the side!

Eve Love said...

I absolutely need a stew like this for the weekend. It's freezing here in Qu├ębec right now, and this is th perfect confort food. I wish I could eat it with one of your Pain Ordinaire..

Bianca said...

So pretty! I love the way those purple potatoes look all mixed up with the regular ones!

Fresh from the Source said...

I'm so looking forward to stew and have been thinking about it for a few days since the weather has gotten cooler. I have all the ingredients and will be making it this afternoon. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Oh, that is just gorgeous! Love your photos, Veg Dad!