Milky Goodness : Beef Cream Stew

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.

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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

Miho

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1 + 1 = ♥︎ : Japanese Curry Omelette Rice

Oh fluffy eggs. Oh you damn fluffy, luxurious, golden eggs. Being carefully placed on a bed of rice and covered with a rich, deep-flavoured Japanese curry. I swear, this is just, almost a sin.

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Creating new food ideas is one of my favourite things to do ー especially creating one not just for myself, but for someone else, gives me such an incredible feeling. Spending time thinking what they will like and what will make them smile; those thoughts simply excite me. The moment you place the dish in front of them and see excitement in their eyes as they take their first bite… There is literally nothing else that can satisfy me more.

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This dish was inspired by a clip from a Japanese film from the 80s. Two characters sneak into a kitchen and have a midnight cooking session – they make a beautiful, omelette rice. I love how the cooking scene was given a simple and easy vibe, yet, was so powerful that it guarantees the audience a satisfying flavour.  (You just need to watch this clip with your own eyes. The movie clip just simply gives you an omelette craving. Seeing is Believing. Check this out. ☞ https://youtu.be/Nvjs7PqFRrk )

“Tampopo Omelette Rice”. It was named after Tampopo flowers (dandelions in Japanese), which resemble fully-bloomed dandelions on a sunny Spring day. Fluffy, golden, half-cooked goodness. Sure, omelette rice by itself is a lovely dish. But why not spice it up with gently-cooked curry? Carefully-blended curry spices and a mild, fluffy omelette creates such a flavourful harmony. Plus, the person I created this recipe for is actually a huge fan of curry. Well then, nothing was stopping me from giving this recipe a try, right?

Although I used Japanese curry to accompany the omelette rice this time, you can definitely try and substitute the curry with other sauces too. On a cold cloudy day, it’d be lovely with a slowly-cooked warm milky white stew. If you’re a big fan of spaghetti bolognese, then why not try this dish with some bolognese sauce,  chunky vegetables and minced beef. For those seafood lovers out there, I’d say make yours using a consommé-based starchy sauce with cod fish or shrimps. (And maybe seasoning with some aromatic corianders and chilli oil too. Mmmm…)

The best part of this dish is that, because of the simplicity of the omelette rice, you can pretty much use whatever sauce you like. You can come up with a special omelette rice for whoever you’re cooking for. And perhaps, if you’re cooking this for someone special and know what the person likes, you stand a good chance of making him/her smile too! Fluffy omelette rice for the win;-)

Happy friday x

Miho