Beef stew…

It’s been a time since I thought of putting all the recipes learned from friends and families and from persons that I had the chance to meet during my trips to some places and countries in just one book. Honestly, this thought keeps me wondering if someday (though I am confident that I will! Even if I will have to wait…). So for the meantime, I am reviewing my recipes and today I made this beef stew, one of the first recipes learned from someone here in Italy plus my “touch”. Sorry if the photo is not taken by expert hands but for me, this recipe is really good and easy to prepare. This is the recipe:

BEEF STEW

1 kilo beef cubes

3 carrots

1 big onion, sliced in rings

4 stalks celery, cut in 1 1/4 cm

1 1/2 cup tomato sauce

250 grams “champignon” mushrooms (washed and sliced) – optional ingredient

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup red wine

1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary

3 dried laurel leaves

1 teaspoon seasoning powder or 1Knorr cube

1/2 cup corn oil

Saute oil, onion rings and meat for 20 minutes – medium fire

Add the vegetables + mushrooms ( optional)

After 5 minutes, add tomato sauce

Add water

Add salt and pepper

Add seasoning powder

Add wine + mix all well.

Cook in the pressure cooker for 45 minutes ( start counting from the moment you lower the flame – after the first major whistle) – just follow the instructions of the Pressure cooker. Oh! I think you can use another kind of cooking pan but you have to double the cooking time.

Bohol, Philippines

Though these photos do not really represent the city, but for me they express the essence of this Island . Beauty, tranquillity, simple but profound and most of all it has left me with the thought and hope that I could visit it again someday and still see and feel that special joy that only the essence of tradition and nature can bring. Have a pleasant day to all!

The so called ” Chocolate hills of Bohol”

Tarsier – one the smallest primates in the world. The second smallest primate?

Stairs leading to a view deck – I guess the simplest, though not so easy way to view the famous Chocolate hills of Bohol

A hanging bridge

Motorcabs – a typical means of transportation in the Philippines.