The Stew Maestro

It’s a well known fact that if you want a good meal in our house, Shaun has to be the one to prepare it.  (Although Mimi has a lot of potential)  Unfortunately for my children, I’m the one who prepares most of our food.  So it is a real treat when Daddy cooks  us something wonderful.  Well, except for one dish…Shaun makes really horrible beef stew.  It took me years, but I finally got up the nerve to tell him that we didn’t like it a month or so ago.  (He’s so very proud of it and I didn’t want to hurt his feelings.  I also didn’t want to have to eat or secretly “fix” any more of it!) Since then, he has been making stew more often in an effort to prove to me that he is indeed, the Stew Maestro.  (His words, not mine)

Yesterday he called me from work and asked me to start simmering his stew again…adding in that he would never forgive me if I burned it.  (I’m very, very good at burning food)  When I mentioned the fact that he had already simmered it for hours and the veggies were falling apart, he was aghast that I would question his culinary skills.  He’d had stew like that at an Irish Pub once and was trying to duplicate it. Sigh…knowing that there was no reasoning with the only connoisseur of Irish Cuisine in the world, I gave in and simmered his huge pot of stew.  I nearly wept as I watched the lovely veggies deteriorate to mush. 

When Shaun got home he nearly swooned at the aroma of his creation.  (It did smell wonderful) He did some last minute adjustments to the seasonings and an hour or so later served us a…um…delightful meal. 

Anyone want some really yummy Irish Stew?  It was prepared by a true Stew Maestro and there’s plenty left over…

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9 Responses to The Stew Maestro

  1. Becca says:

    Too funny. I live with a stew maestro also. And I feel the same way. It’s not horrible, but it just doesn’t do it for me. So I usually end up eating a lot of bread and discreetly putting the majority back in the pan. But he’s so proud of his stew. I did pipe up the last time he set out to make it and asked that he not make enough for the US Army. And to keep it to two nights worth tops.

  2. Kell says:

    What is it about men and mushy veggies in stew? Mine’s the same way. His number one complaint about stew is that the veggies aren’t soft enough. I don’t make stew that often because I don’t like mushy veggies.

  3. Annie says:

    I know the perfect gift for him this Christmas – a pressure cooker. That’ll get everything nice and mushy in record time!

  4. Jay says:

    I think I would have to challenge Shaun in a “Beef Stew Off” LOL. I make some pretty seriously good beef stew. Ok, it’s Kell’s recipe, but still, I make it darn well. And I don’t like my veggies mushy. Far from it.

  5. Lynanne says:

    ugh…it reminds me of all the casseroles when I was a kid. You know, the kind that throw everything into a dish and cook it until everything has the same flavor. Umm, no thanks 🙂

  6. kell says:

    BTW, I tagged you! You can check it out on my blog. Jay started it!

  7. Peggy says:

    My dad was the same about making soup. He FINALLY got the message when we refused to eat it anymore.

  8. Peggy says:

    p.s. I tagged you too – before I realized that Kell tagged you as well . . . .Two birds, one stone . . . .:-)

  9. Chelle P. says:

    B’s never made stew but I’m sure it would consist of mushy veg ’cause that’s how he likes ’em. Blech. So does my Mom. We’ll be moving to the same city as my Mom in a matter of months. How can I keep the subject of stew from coming up? 😉