Awesome Autumn Stew

The time of heartwarming stews is upon us. Autumn is here! We really enjoy earthy and rooty meals this time of year. Here is on of our favorites to be had when wind and rain smack the windows.

  1. prepare potatoes (I water them to wash out some starch)
  2. prepare carrots
  3. prepare some green vegetables like broccoli and/or green peas
  4. mince chilli and garlic
  5. braise chilli and garlic in a little (1 teaspoon) oil
  6. deglaze with Passata Rustica
  7. add vegetable broth (1/2 to 1 litre)
  8. add rinsed potatoes and vegetables
  9. boil for 20-30 minutes or until potatoes are done
  10. season with soy sauce, peanut paste and cinnamon
  11. add oat creme if not moist enough
  12. serve with sweet pepper powder and/or tumeric on top

The peanut/cinnamon combo is a little exotic but goes really well with the earthen roots like potato and carrot. Sweetpotato would propably fit in there well too.

One Rice Fits All

If you’re cooking for several people, like I do on a daily basis, you will want to know dishes that are at least “accepted” by everyone, suitable to prepare in large quantities and storable for several days in the fridge. I think of these as staples and here is my favorite.

  1. cook wholemeal rice (see package for instructions)
  2. heat big pot with a minimum of rape oil
  3. chop up every vegatable you want to get rid of (bell pepper, zucchini, carrots, etc.)
  4. throw vegetables in pot and stir-fry
  5. add some chilli and garlic
  6. deglaze with vinegar
  7. add can of chopped tomatoes in own juice
  8. bring to a boil
  9. add can of cooked kidney beans and/or frozen peas
  10. season with oatcream, kurkuma and paprika-powder
  11. add rice from 1.
  12. add herbs to taste (basil, parsley, etc.) and/or nutritional yeast

You should end up with a big pot of tomato-based vegatable rice, not too dull and not too spicy. This works just as well with pasta and potatoes even. Now is when the magic starts.

My wife is more on the sweet side when it comes to taste. She will drench my ORFA in tomato ketchup.

heinz ketchup
HEINZ Tomato Ketchup

I like my food hot so I will sprinkle sriracha on top of my ORFA.

sriracha HOT chilli sauce

My five year old son adapts my brilliant and healthy ORFA to his liking by demanding a ham & cheese sandwich 🙁

ham & cheese sandwich

Too bad there is neither ham nor cheese in our fridge. He then grumpily eats the rice only, avoiding the vegetable-bits.