‘A good blog has a theme’. That’s what WordPress says. This is supposed to be a food blog but it’s really quite difficult to come up with original food ideas that don’t a) require lots of expensive ingredients and b) require skills and patiences I don’t have (and don’t want) whilst c) keeping my BMI index below ‘super-fat-bastard-how-come-you’re-still-breathing’ levels.
So I have resorted to cooking things but not eating them. That’s easy enough because as my wife will tell you I have the willpower of an ox (do they have willpower?). I have also decided to explore dishes from yesteryear – simple things that your Granny would have made. Here we explore the delights of ‘Scouse’ a dish that was originally eaten by sailors across Northern Europe and lent its name to the locals of the port of Liverpool.
In every way it is effectively Irish Stew – and its dead easy, inoffensive even.
The idea was that the Adventurous Eater would make this and then we’d take it to the in-laws as our ‘pot luck’ contribution.
To make scouse you need basically what is in the photo above:
- About 1/2 kilo of lamb neck
- 2 or 3 carrots
- A couple of leeks
- 2 celery stalks
- Two potatoes
- An onion
- Chicken stock (about 3/4 litre)
- Herbs (a bouquet garni is best)
- 2 tablespoons of flour
First off chop up everything with a nice big sharp knife:
Brown the meat in batches and set aside:
Add the vegetables to the pan and cook in the fat released by the lamb for a few minutes:
Add the flour and continue to cook:
Put the lamb back in and add the stock and the herb bag:
Simmer until the liquid thickens up (add more flour if needed):
And thats it. So off we went with our Scouse – transfered to the orange pot:
And served it up with ciabatta:
It all went!
And there were plenty other delicious morsels including chocolate brownies prepared by the French sister-in-law:
Vegetarian sausage rolls from the mother-in-law, which even the fussy eater ate:
They went so quick I nearly didn’t get a photo…
Mini quiches popped up:
And even Eton Mess, to go with the Brownies!
All in all a real good feast!