I have this one notebook which I have been filling in with recipes I have come across for years. Every dish in my book has a story and memory behind.
Among all the recipes I have, cream stew is one of my favourite dishes. It was the first dish I cooked for my boyfriend and every time I cook this stew, it brings back all the old memories. Because the base is made of butter, milk and flour, it has a lovely creamy and mild taste. It is definitely a dish that I like to cook for and share with someone special.
Last week, we decided to just have dinner and chill since he was going back to London for Easter. Probably because l was thinking back on those old memories, I decided to cook a beef cream stew. I just felt it’d be a appropriate dish to cook since I wouldn’t be seeing his face for awhile. Well that’s fair right? No? haha
Now, using beef can be tricky when it comes to making a soup/stew dish. If you don’t give it enough time, the meat gets really hard and you might feel as if you’re chowing on rubber. You definitely want to avoid that. I usually like simmering the stew for 1.5-2 hours with a very low heat. This will give enough time to break down the muscles in the beef.
I know that some people usually like using those Cream Stew packed mix, but I personally think that stew made from scratch tastes better. Having said that, I know I probably should write down the recipe here but please bear with me for this time. It’d make so much more sense if I upload pictures as I explain each step but I totally forgot to take pictures. Oh wells. So yeah, next time it is. Oopsie haha
What’s your special dish you like to cook for your someone special?
Happy Spring break everyone x
“Detach from needing to have things work out a certain way. The universe is perfect and there are no failures. Give yourself the gift of detaching from your worries and trust that everything is happening perfectly.” ー Unknown
Often, unplanned things work out just perfectly – as if it was planned all along.
Last Sunday, my boyfriend and I decided to go to town to have brunch. I always love the idea of having brunch sessions. Indulging with lovely food around someone special and appreciating the freedom together… It is a beauty of weekends.
As we were walking around, we reached to a place called Grow40. And for the record, this was totally unplanned; We were planning to go to this other balcony cafe I found online the night before, but we couldn’t find it.
It was such a cozy place and of course, it happened to be located at the corner of the artsy North Laine. Grow40 is a local-friendly place filled with love for their homegrown ingredients. We both ordered the full English breakfast and they were just so beautifully-prepared. (Extra points for those hash browns!) I was able to let go of my worries of not being able to find the place I initially planned on going to. But this place was so perfect that it felt like I was in a movie ー the atmosphere, the moment, everything. (I know this sounds cheesy, but you know what I mean.) Despite the gloomy English weather, I could not have asked for a better start to our Sunday.
There are so many cafes in Brighton ー not to forget, in Hove and Kemptown ー and if you’re a cafe lover like myself, you will definitely fall in love with all of those lovely places. Each cafe has their own uniqueness and even sipping on a cup of latte for an example, tastes differently. It’s always fun to try and find your favourite go-to place.