Beef stew is something that I thought Mom would be an expert at, but I am wrong.
I always forgot that she has very little patience with beef, so her beef recipes are very limited. Beef stew is actually Dad’s expertise. Dad knows how to cook actually, it’s just that the kitchen is Mom’s territory just like how his study is his territory. He rarely took over when we’re kids, but when he did, we always had some of the best meals of our lives.
Dad’s beef stew is composed of, of course, the main star of the show, the beef, and it’s supporting stars, the carrots, the potatoes, and the seasonings. However, instead of putting just fresh tomatoes, he also puts tomato sauce or tomato paste. He also uses butter instead of oil, which does something to the sauce. The gravy tastes creamier (and definitely bad for the waistline) and it makes the beef taste more savory. There was this one time when he also added okra on it.
I love okras so I didn’t really care, but the others did care. It’s safe to say that the poorly neglected okra didn’t make an appearance in any of his stews anymore. Dad always ate his stew over hot rice, while the rest of us usually ate it with crusty bread!
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Quick Tip: Serve on top of rice or pasta. You can also eat it with bread.