Thursday, May 15, 2014

Braised Beer Beef Stew with a Japanese twist

I've been making this Japanese Beef Stew all winter. My family loves this version.

1/2 lb. stew beef
1 T. oil
1 lb of carrots and or potatoes, 1 inch chunks
2 small onions, sliced
1 bottle of beer (or sake and mirin combo)
2 cups of dashi stock/water
3 T sugar
3 T. soy sauce

Preheat oven to 300.
Heat oil. Brown beef. Add onions and sauté. Add carrots/potatoes. Pour in beer, dashi stock, sugar and soy sauce. Bring to boil. Turn off heat. Cover. Put in oven and braise for 1 hour. )Added tofu at end for additional protein.)
Serve with steamed rice.

Bran Muffins with Dates and Oranges

Had to share this Bran Muffin recipe. Light and citrusy. One of my favorite bran recipes so far. The pureed dates create a moist and mild sweetness to the bran. A must try!

Bill Granger's Bran Muffins
1 cup pitted dates, chopped
zest of 1 orange
1/4 c. + 2 T. OJ
1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 c. oil
1/2 c. yogurt or sour cream
2 eggs
2 c. unprocessed bran
3/4 c. flour
2 t. baking powder
1 t. cinnamon

Preheat to 320 F and line muffin tin with paper liners.

Put chopped dates and 3/4 c boiling water in a bowl and soak for 5 min. I pureed the dates and water. Added it to orange zest, juice, sugar,oil, yogurt and eggs. Mixed bran, flour, baking powder, and cinnamon in another bowl. Mix wet and dry ingredients until combined. Scoop into muffin tin. Bake for about 30 min.