Eating is such an affirmation of life.  Though I have been poorly, I have been making delicious soul food for my family rather than eating out (eating out is cheap in Asia, cheaper than eating in). I don’t often cook fancy, time-consuming food, just the simple good stuff.

Here’s my classic meat stew. I just boil everything up and put it in my Wonderbag to cook for a few hours, no gas or electricity needed. And because it’s been stewed for hours, the meat is tender and literally falls off the bone, whilst the vegetables all meld together to make this thick delicious broth.

The best thing is, you can chuck anything you wish into the pot.  This is how I made this one:

  1. Saute garlic and onions in olive oil.
  2. Add in meat and root vegetables (potatoes, carrots, swede, pumpkin – pumpkin gives it a sweet taste).
  3. Add diced ripe tomatoes (or passata in glass jar rather than tinned chopped tomatoes).
  4. I generally add whatever herbs I have handy – bay, thyme, oregano.
  5. If I have broth in the freezer, I use that. Or red wine.
  6. The most important ingredient: 3 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar. This will extract marrow from the bone.
  7. Cover with water and bring to boil.
  8. If you don’t have a Wonderbag, simmer over low heat for a few hours.
  9. Season to taste and serve piping hot. We love it with crusty bread!