20 January 2008

relax...take it easy...

i always feel a little guilty for not working out or reading my book or doing something other than lay on the couch with the tv on and playing on the internet... i'm addicted... it's a problem.
i always justify my actions by telling myself, it's the weekend, my days off, i should be able to lay around doing nothing. weird how we always feel like we should be doing something else.

on another note, i've been making my best attempts to eat healthier... and learn to cook.
last night i made this:

Dad's New Zealand Mince Stew

Submitted by: Kat
Rated: 4 out of 5 by 23 members

Prep Time: 45 Minutes
Cook Time: 3 Hours

Ready In: 3 Hours 45 Minutes
Yields: 8 servings

"I'm not sure if it's chili, or stew, or a shepherd's pie without the crust, but there is nothing like it over some toast on a cold night. Rich and hearty, just downright yummy."


1 tablespoon vegetable oil

3 large onions, sliced

2 pounds ground beef

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 cup water

2 cups ketchup

1 cup beef stock

2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce

3 tablespoons black pepper

1 tablespoon curry powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon onion powder

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

1/2 cup water



Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Saute onions until browned; remove from pot, and set aside. Add ground beef to pot, and cook until evenly brown. Add garlic, and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in browned onions, and cook on high heat for 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in 1 cup of water. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.


Stir in ketchup, beef stock, and teriyaki sauce. Season with pepper, curry powder, garlic powder, and onion powder. Cover, and simmer for about 2 hours.


Mix together 1 tablespoon flour and 1/2 cup water. Stir into stew, and cook until thickened.

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Printed from Allrecipes.com 1/19/2008

i get most of my recipes from allrecipes.com and they're usually awesome. each recipe has a few reviews from people that tried them, which turn out to be extremely helpful.
i used my crockpot for the above dish and oops, fell asleep and it sort of burned a bit, but is still delicious! the flavor is amazing!!! only downfall is when cooking it, the onions made the place smell like BO and i used ground turkey instead of beef (i don't eat beef anymore) and vegetable stock instead of the beef stock. well, apparently ground turkey smells really bad...mystery meat-ish... it was awful. but once everything came together (adding spices) it started to smell delicious... now the place is oozing with curry odor. not bad, just overwhelming. i think next time i'll open up some doors and windows when i cook... but don't let the weird odors detour you from trying this... like i said. it's AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS!!!

ps. april d aka many penny is now a contributor to this blog...although she may not ever really contribute... keep in mind that i'm not the only one and you can be sure as to who posted by checking the bottom of the blog.

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