Thursday, July 12, 2007

Jamie Oliver's stew

So simple and yet delicious. I must confess from time to time I suffer from a bit of Jamie overload. The omni present Jamie and his band of followers is getting a bit on my nerves. I mean tv-series, tefal pans, cookware, aprons, a "flavour shaker"? Come on! But still, I like him. Who couldn't like Jamie? Maybe that is the problem, the fact that everybody likes him. He doesn't need me to like him. *Sniffs*

I own only two of his books and they make for fine reading but somehow I don't make as many recipes from them. Why? Beats me! Recipes are clear, ingredients are simple, preparing them is a cinch. Maybe that combination makes me wonder: could this be good enough to try? As a matter of fact: a whole hearted yes!

As the weather continues to be definitely un-summery I was a bit uninspired but this brought a smile on my face:

olive oil
700 gr potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 red onions, peeled and chopped
2 carrots, peeled, chopped
2 celery sticks, chopped
2 sticks rosemary, just the needles
1 ts ground cumin
1 heaped tbs smoked paprika powder
zest and juice of 1 orange
800 gr lean stew beef
400 gr borlotti beans (can or rehydrated)
400 gr canned tomatoes
salt + pepper
for garnish: greek yoghurt/sour cream, fresh cilantro

Not much cooking involved, throw it together Jamie-style: heat olive oil in a large dutch oven and add first list of ingredients, stir, let cook for a minute or two, stir again. Period.
Add rest of the ingredients, salt and pepper to taste and add as much water as needed to almost cover. Period.
Bring to a boil and put in the oven. Period.

Oven temperature? Well that depends on when you'd like to have dinner, at 180C it's ready afer 3 hours cooking, longer time needed? Oven 140C....6 hours. Crowd pleasing dinner fare and easy on the hostess!

I mean, when you read this are you pressed to try? You better do because it's really delicious!
Serve with rice or pasta as a stew or wrap in tortilla's and serve with quacamole....

That's all folks!


  1. And that's all you need. Sounds perfectly wonderful. Wish I'd been there to catch all the lovely aromas. And, well, the wine and the laughs too.

  2. SueCooksWild13/7/07 7:44 PM

    Haven't seen Jamie for a while myself. You must be occupying all his time!! This stew looks like it would be the perfect companion to one of your loaves of yummie bread!

  3. I adore Jamie - I have his new one and I think it's one of his best after Jamie's Italy. This stew sounds so typical of him. Perfect!

  4. I will have to wait before making it, it's to hot to keep the oven going for such a long time! But thanks, I'll come back in a couple of months time!

  5. I've totally been thinking about stews and soups with this abominable weather we've been having. Thanks for the inspiration!


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