It was a rainy Columbus Day here in New York, but I didn’t mind too much. I actually appreciated having the opportunity to work in the kitchen for a bit this afternoon and get our meals for tomorrow all set and make sure I stick to my goals.
Since I had a few hours to spare and the weather was just calling for it, I decided to go with a Lamb Stew.
1 1.5-2 lb. package of lamb stew meat
2 carrots, sliced thin
1 clove garlic
1 onion, medium
1 small can of tomato paste
1 cup red wine, dry
1 cup water
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1. In a large bowl, mix the lamb with cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and pepper until it is evenly coated. Let is sit for about 30 minutes.
2. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pot over a medium heat. Add lamb and sear meat on all sides. Once meat is seared, transfer to a clean bowl.
3. Add onions, carrot, and garlic to pot. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes.
4. Stir in wine and tomato paste. Add seared lamb back into into the pot and stir to combine.
5. Add water and reduce heat to low. Simmer uncovered for 2 hours.
6. Serve over rice and enjoy!
Now, after I had the kitchen cleaned up and the stew was simmering, I decided I may as well embrace the autumn season and utilize some of the apples we somehow still have in our possession after apple picking a couple of weeks ago, to make another Apple Cake.
(This was one of the trees I picked about 20 apples from)
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
2 apples, peeled and diced
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour 9-inch round cake pan.
2. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until fluffy.
3. Beat in eggs, one at a time.
4. Stir in vanilla, flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
5. Fold in apples and spoon mixture into the pan.
6. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
What I love about these dishes is that they really are really easy to make, but look like you put in a ton of effort. 😉
That, and they are also just perfect for the fall season!
Hope you enjoy. Till next time…