Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Wolf Stew ;)

Hello, Dear Ones! So many of you are having such cold cold weather - so I thought I would cook something for you! When the weather is chilly a good ole bowl of Wolf Stew is just what you need!
Here I've laid out all the ingredients you'll need. Oops...
I did forget to set out this most important bottle of soy sauce which really enhances the flavor.

What's that? You're wondering what in the world is Wolf Stew? Well, sit down little Dearies and I will tell you a little story. Now, you know how I love to tell you little stories.

Once upon a time when our son was about three years old I was making a pot of beef stew. Being the inquiring little tot that he was, he asked what I was making for supper. I told him. Now, my little son was a very picky eater and he didn't think he liked beef stew. He was really into the usual childhood stories at this time, so I decided I'd take this opportunity and fib just a bit. I asked him if he remembered the story of the three little pigs and the big bad wolf? Well, of course he did! I told him when the big ole bad wolf climbed down the chimney of the little pig's house he fell into the pot of boiling water and they made him into wolf stew! He loved that idea! He ate his Wolf Stew that night and every other time I made it. To this day, my thirty something year old son still calls this dish Wolf Stew. Now you don't have to wonder about it anymore! ;)

Now on with the recipe for Wolf Stew:

Ingredients:
1 chopped onion
1 clove garlic, chopped
2 sticks celery, chopped
2 lbs. beef stew meat, cut into 1 1/2" cubes
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 teaspoon paprika
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 Tablespoons flour
1 can (10 1/2 oz.) condensed beef broth
1 can tomato sauce and 1 can water
4 large potatoes, peeled and chopped
carrots, chopped (use as many as you like)

Make a layer of the onions and celery in large oven proof pot. Arrange meat on top of the onions and sprinkle with soy sauce. Mix next four ingredients together and sprinkle over meat. Add beef broth, tomato sauce and can of water. Cover tightly with heavy aluminum foil. Bake in preheated 375' oven 1 hour. Add vegetables and bake, covered, one more hour. Remove foil and bake 1/2 hour longer or until meat and vegetables are tender. Add more beef broth if necessary during last part of cooking time.

Ready for the oven.
Wrapped with aluminum foil and ready to cook.
It's ready. Get your bowl...
With a couple slices of garlic bread maybe some peach tea and your ready to warm up with a bowl of Wolf Stew!

Enjoy!
Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf

Lyrics and Music
Who's afraid of the big bad wolf
Big bad wolf, big bad wolf?
Who's afraid of the big bad wolf?
Tra la la la la

Who's afraid of the big bad wolf
Big bad wolf, big bad wolf?
Who's afraid of the big bad wolf?
Tra la la la la

Long ago there were three pigs
Little handsome piggy-wigs
For the big, bad very big very bad wolf
They didn't give three figs

Number one was very gay
And he built his house of hay
With a hey hey toot
He blew on his flute
And he played around all day

Number two was fond of jigs
And so he built his house with twigs
Heigh diddle-diddle
He played on his fiddle
And danced with lady pigs

Number three said "Nix on tricks
I will built my house with bricks"
He had no chance
To sing and dance
'Cause work and play don't mix

Ha ha ha! The two little
Do little pigs just winked and laugh, ha ha!

Who's afraid of the big bad wolf
Big bad wolf, big bad wolf?
Who's afraid of the big bad wolf?
Tra la la la la

Who's afraid of the big bad wolf
Big bad wolf, big bad wolf?
Who's afraid of the big bad wolf?
Tra la la la la

Came the day when fate did frown
And the wolf blew into town
With a gruff "puff-puff" he puffed just enough
And the hay house fell right down

One and two were scared to death
Of the big bad wolfie's breath
"By the hair of your chin-ny-chin,
I'll blow you in"
And the twig house answered yes

No one left but number Three
To save the piglet family
When they knock
He fast unlocked
And said "Come in with me!"

Now they all were safe inside
And the bricks hurt wolfie's pride
So, he slid down the chimney
And, oh, by Jimney
In the fire he was fried

Ha ha ha! The three little
Free little pigs rejoice and laughed, ha ha!

Who's afraid of the big bad wolf
Big bad wolf, big bad wolf?
Who's afraid of the big bad wolf?
Tra la la la la

Who's afraid of the big bad wolf
Big bad wolf, big bad wolf?
Who's afraid of the big bad wolf?
Tra la la la la!
~sung by the Three Little Pigs