Yes, I know. This isn’t a cake, I haven’t baked. But, admit it, this is the weather for comfort food. It’s cold, it’s drizzly and miserable outside (drizzleable…..!!) and, to be honest I get tired of coming home after work and making supper each night. Which means on the occasional Sunday I need to prepare the week’s meals so that all I have to do each evening is minor preparation and heating up the food. Of course I don’t always do this (preparing ahead) because I am disorganised, or, come Sunday I can’t bear the thought of standing in the kitchen for a few hours preparing the food.
However, comfort food calls and a good hearty stew, or casserole – it sounds so much more sophisticated, doesn’t it 😉 is called for. Whilst I searched plenty of recipes on the internet I must confess in the end I just bought bits and pieces and flung them together.
I chopped and braised the vegetables in small batches – I cannot believe I had the patience to do this, and then did the same with the meat. I put it all in the casserole dish with herbs, chopped tomatoes, concentrated tomato puree, and stock.
I covered the casserole dish and whacked the whole lot in the oven. Two hours later, and a house filled with the tomatoey, stewy, winter comfort food smell, it is cooked.
I had wanted to serve it with mashed potatoes, but in the end decided on steamed new potatoes.
Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, stay warm and safe. Have a lovely weekend.