Irish Beef Stew or Proximity Thereto

The morning comes too soon
No sweat – I can wake up
Guest stayed overnight
Brew coffee – serve breakfast

Start the day off right
Guest is gone and
I’ve made my way
Clear through blogosphere
Hubby is watching a Netflix pic
And it’s time to cook again
Simply Recipes dot com

Beef stew meat – let’s see
Irish beef stew – why not
Missing a few ingredients
So what – make do – carry on

Brown meat in oil and butter
While chopping garlic
Now slice a Jalapeno pepper
(I know the pepper’s not on the list
But I want my jalapeno pepper)
Toss in the garlic and pepper
Sautee it for a minute
A minute

Open cans – No – stop
Stir the pot –
Now open cans and add
Four cups of beef broth
One cup of red wine
Don’t have red wine
One cup of white wine will do
No Guinness beer either – oops
Substitute – another cup of wine

Slow down now
Take your time
Tomato paste
Two tablespoons
Dried thyme don’t have
Ground thyme will do – use less
Add Worcestershire sauce
Two bay leaves and a splash of sugar
Heat and simmer for an hour
(By the way – this is a poem
The original recipe follows)

While it simmers
Peel potato AND turnips
I know it says potatoes but
I have to cook my turnips
Wash and slice the carrots
Chop onion – turnips – and one potato

Sautee these vegetables
In a separate pan
Until they’re nicely browned
Now set them aside

When the meat is tender
Add those browned veggies to the stew
Simmer for another 40 minutes
Or until the veggies are tender too
Garnish with parsley if you choose
Salt and pepper and serve

Here is the link to the recipe:

Now wash those breakfast dishes
You left in the sink all morning
Clean up this awful mess!

This was how yesterday went for me. Irish Beef Stew, slightly modified, was tasty. The link to the original recipe is here for your culinary exploration. Thank you for reading this. It was very nice of you.

About Carol Ann Ritchey

Life is good because God is good.
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22 Responses to Irish Beef Stew or Proximity Thereto

  1. Jingle says:


    poetry + dishes=joy…


  2. planejaner says:

    yummy i am so hungry now!
    lovely and lovely.


  3. tekia says:

    Love the way you put it in a poem. Well done and nicely written Carol! Now I’m hungry 😉 Be blessed dear!


    • Thank you for stopping by, Te’Kia. Food posts always make me hungry, too. I have leftovers from this meal. I always reduce recipes for the two of us, but I still have enough for two days. Blessings to you…


  4. nrhatch says:

    I like the way you cook ~ “do what you can with what you have where you are.”

    When we became vegetarians, this is what I did with all my favorite recipes. Swapped out the meat and replaced it with vegetables, grain, or beans. More fun that following somone else’s recipe. 🙂


    • Thank you for dropping by, Nancy. Yes, it is a good way to cook. I found out, of necessity, that substitution almost always works and works well. I’d like to know what Irish Been Stew would have been like with the red wine and the beer, but I probably wouldn’t have made it at all if I’d waited to get all the ingredients. Did I tell you that I spent about six months being a vegetarian. I probably did. It was interesting. I bought cookbooks for vegetarian dishes. I may have stayed a vegetarian longer had I improvised by substituting ingredients on my old recipes. What a great idea! Blessings to you…


  5. buttercup600 says:

    Hmmm…you made me hungry Carol…can I come over for dinner? Loved this post my friend. Biggggggggggggg hugs oxox


  6. Keli Gwyn says:

    My stomach is growling. That stew looks delish.


  7. Chloe says:

    Thanks for making me smile with this post!! I love your approach to cooking – sounds a lot like mine! I bet it tasted gorgeous though! 😀

    Loved these words:
    “Beef stew meat – let’s see
    Irish beef stew – why not
    Missing a few ingredients
    So what – make do – carry on”

    Blessings to you Carol xx


    • I have a sister impromptu cook! Why let one or two minor ingredients discourage us? Certainly not if we have a similar ingredient to use. I guess we learn by experience that cooking doesn’t have to be difficult. We learn as we go how to switch this and that without harming the end product. It may be a little different than the original, but just as tasty! Yes, the stew was delicious. Blessings to you, Chloe…


  8. jesswords10 says:

    Mmmmm, warm inviting writing to match the aromas you invoked in the poem. Sounds delectable.


  9. elizabethre says:

    I loved the title Carol Ann 🙂 and the stew sounds scrumptious. I LOVE beef stew.


    • Thank you for stopping by, Elizabeth, and for your kind comment. Since I included a link to the recipe, I didn’t want to mislead anyone. I often switch ingredients if I don’t have exactly what is called for, and often I don’t have everything. I like stews when the weather is cold, and it’s been cold here. Blessings to you…


  10. trisha says:

    hope you relished the stew. may be some day i will go over to your home and have some stew- 🙂


    • Trisha, I truly wish that could happen someday! I would be pleased to meet you in person and serve you some stew. Thank you for your sweet comment. Blessings to you this weekend and always…


  11. Stew is the perfect winter meal according to my husband. My favourite is soup, but both are hearty cold weather sustenance. I love how you blended the recipe into poetry… a double feast. 🙂


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