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Green Sauce

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This green sauce is a quick and easy way to dress up barbecued or roasted lamb, chicken or fish. It takes next to no time to make and will keep in a sealed container in the fridge for several days.
Leftovers are also delicious as a sandwich spread or dip for raw
vegetables.

Green Sauce

Makes about 1 cup

2 jalapeño chilies, roughly chopped
a good handful of coriander leaves
2 cloves garlic
½ cup mayonnaise – homemade or good quality bought
Juice 1 lime or small lemon
olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper

1             Place jalapeños, coriander, garlic, mayonnaise and lime or lemon juice a blender and process to roughly chop and combine.

2          With machine running slowly drizzle in olive oil until you have a smooth sauce. Season to taste with a good grind of salt and black pepper. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator until required.

Happy cooking and eating.

Recipe by Rachel Blackmore

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Roast Coriander Drumsticks & Potatoes

Roast Coriander Drumsticks & Potatoes

This is an easy way to have flavoursome roast chicken and potatoes mid-week. On this occasion I served the drumsticks on a bed of cooked shredded cabbage, but any seasonal vegetable is an equally good accompaniment.

Roast Coriander Drumsticks & Potatoes

Chicken thighs also work for this recipe.

Serves 4

1 bunch coriander, roughly chopped
1 lemon or lime, zest grated – fruit reserved
2 cloves garlic, chopped
pinch dried red chilli flakes
sea salt
olive oil
8 chicken drumsticks
500g potatoes, scrubbed and cut into chunks

1              Preheat oven to 200°C.

2              Place coriander, lemon or lime zest, garlic, red chilli flakes, a good grind of salt and a good splash of oil in a food processor and process to make a paste – add more oil, if necessary.

3              Place coriander paste in a large bowl, add drumsticks and
potatoes and toss to coat. Transfer drumsticks and potatoes to a foil-lined baking tray, spread any remaining paste over drumsticks. Cut lemon or lime into slices and tuck among drumsticks. Roast for 30-40 minutes or until chicken and potatoes are cooked.

Where did the ingredients for this dish come from:
Chicken: Mad Butcher – Hastings; Potatoes, garlic: Krismaw
Gardens – Hastings; Coriander: The Chef’s Garden@Epicurean – Hastings; Smoked chipotle flake: Orcona Chillis ‘n Peppers
Hastings; Olive oil: The Village Press – Hastings; From the garden: lemon; Store Cupboard Ingredients: salt.

Note: Many of these producers can be found at the Napier Urban Food Market each Saturday morning and/or at the Hawke’s Bay Farmers’
Market each Sunday morning.

Happy cooking and eating.

Recipe by Rachel Blackmore

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Herb-crusted Hāpuku Steaks

Herb-crusted Hāpuku Steaks

Variously known as hāpuku, hapuka or groper with its meaty texture this is a fish much loved by New Zealanders and if you are a
fisherperson and one is part of your catch it is considered you have had a good day on the water.

Found in deep waters in southern oceans hāpuku can weigh up to 100kg, so the steaks can be very big – as were the ones JR got the other day. If the steaks are very large I cook them whole then divide for serving, as with meat and chicken, fish cooked on the bone has great flavour.

Herb-crusted Hāpuku Steaks

A fish steak or cutlet from a large round fish such as hapuku, groper or salmon is cut through the bone of the whole fish and varies in size
depending on the size of the fish.

Serves 4

1 small onion
1 clove garlic, chopped
a good handful fresh coriander
a small handful fresh parsley
4 large green olives, pitted
2 tsp capers, rinsed
1 lemon, zest finely grated, fruit reserved
freshly ground black pepper
olive oil
4 x 175g hāpuku or grouper steaks

1              Place onion, garlic, coriander, parsley, olives, capers, lemon zest, a squeeze of lemon juice and a grind of black pepper in a food processor. Pulse to chop, add a good splash of oil and process to make a thick paste – adding more oil, if necessary. Check seasoning and add a little more lemon juice, if necessary.

2              Place hāpuku steaks on a foil lined baking tray. Spread fish with herb paste and set aside to marinate for 30 minutes.

3              Preheat oven to 220°C. Bake fish for 15-20 minutes or until fish flakes when tested with fork – exact cooking time will depend on the thickness of the steaks.

So tell me, do you prefer fish steaks or fish fillets?

Where did the ingredients for this dish come from:
Fish: Tangaroa Seafoods – Napier; Onion, garlic: Krismaw Gardens – Hastings; Parsley, coriander: The Chef’s Garden@Epicurean – Hastings; Olive oil: The Village Press – Hastings; From the garden: lemon; Store Cupboard Ingredients: capers, olives, black pepper.

Note: Many of these producers can be found at the Napier Urban Food Market each Saturday morning and/or at the Hawke’s Bay Farmers’
Market each Sunday morning.

Happy cooking and eating.

Recipe by Rachel Blackmore

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Seared Tuna with Orange Braised Bok Choy

Seared Tuna with Orange Braised Bok ChoyI love this description of tuna on the WWF site “If fish were like cars, tuna would be the Ferraris of the ocean—sleek, powerful, and made for speed. Their torpedo-shaped bodies streamline their movement through water, and their special swimming muscles enable them to cruise the ocean highways with great efficiency.”

While we do see tuna quite often it is usually very expensive, so when I see albacore which is a smaller species and while used
extensively for canning when sold fresh is usually less expensive, as it was the other day at Tangaroa Seafoods. Because of its smaller size albacore is often sold as fillet pieces rather than how the larger tuna species are sold, as steaks.

Seared Tuna with Orange Braised Bok Choy

With their Asian flavours serve the tuna and bok choy over steamed rice – I like brown rice, but white or brown work equally well.

Serves 2

2 tuna steaks or pieces of fillet – each about 150g
sea salt and black pepper
vegetable oil
sesame oil
ORANGE BRAISED BOK CHOY
1 orange
1 bunch baby bok choy, trimmed
SOY CORIANDER SAUCE
1 green onion, thinly sliced
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
¼ tsp honey
pinch dried chilli flakes
2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander

1              For the bok choy, squeeze juice from orange. Place bok choy, orange juice and a few drop of sesame oil in a saucepan, add a splash of water and season with a grind of salt and pepper. Cover and cook over a low heat for 15 minutes or until bok choy is wilted.

2              For the sauce, place green onion, soy sauce, vinegar, honey, chilli flakes and a few drops of sesame oil in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Just prior to serving, stir in coriander.

3              Heat a heavy-based frying pan over a high heat, season tuna with salt. Add a good splash of oil to the pan, add tuna and cook for 1-2 minutes each side to sear and cooked to your liking.

4              To serve, add half the sauce to the cooked bok choy and toss. Divide bok choy between serving plates, top with tuna and drizzle with remaining sauce.

So tell me, is tuna readily available in your part of the world and if, so which species do you see most often?

Where did the ingredients for this dish come from:
Tuna: Tangaroa Seafoods – Napier; Coriander: The Chef’s Garden @ Epicurean – Hastings; Bok choy, green onion: Krismaw Gardens – Hastings; Honey: The Naked Honey Pot – Taradale; Apple cider vinegar: Te Koha Organics – Hastings; Dried chilli flakes: Orcona
Chillis ‘n Peppers
– Hastings; From the garden: orange; Store
Cupboard Ingredients:
salt, soy sauce, vegetable oil, sesame oil.

Note: Many of these producers can be found at the Napier Urban Food Market each Saturday morning and/or at the Hawke’s Bay Farmers’
Market each Sunday morning.

Happy cooking and eating.

Recipe by Rachel Blackmore

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Aromatic Beef Curry

Aromatic Beef Curry

This warming and hearty dish makes a delicious meal for the current very cold weather we are experiencing here in New Zealand – with temperatures here in Hawke’s Bay in the single figures and roads throughout the country closed it is a true polar blast as they say!

Aromatic Beef Curry

For a complete meal, serve over steamed white or brown rice.

Curry leaves are available from Indian food stores and add a warm, smoky, citrusy flavour to dishes. They do not need to be removed from dishes before serving, as they are quite edible.

Serves 6

½ cup natural yoghurt
1 tbsp garam masala
sea salt
750g stewing or casserole steak – such as gravy beef, blade steak or shin beef, cut into 2.5cm pieces
2 onions, chopped
vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
a good pluck (12-15) of dried curry leaves
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp turmeric
1 dried chilli
400g can chopped tomatoes
2 cups beef stock
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 bunch spinach, leaves chopped
a good handful coriander, chopped

1              Place yogurt, garam masala and a grind of salt in a bowl and mix to combine. Add beef and toss to coat. Set aside to marinate.

2              Place onions and a good splash of oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, for 8-10 minutes or until onions are soft and translucent and starting to
caramelise.

3              Combine garlic, ginger, curry leaves, cumin, ground
coriander, turmeric and dried chilli. Add to onions and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add beef mixture and stir to
combine.

4              Add tomatoes, stock and tomato paste and mix well to
combine. Cover, bring to simmering and simmer, stirring
occasionally, for 1½-2 hours or until meat is tender. Stir in spinach, cover and cook for 4-5 minutes longer or until spinach wilts. Just
prior to serving, add most of the coriander, reserving some for
scattering.

So tell me, what is your favourite cold weather food?

Where did the ingredients for this dish come from:
Beef: Mad Butcher – Hastings; Yoghurt: Origin Earth – Havelock North; Onions, garlic, spinach: Krismaw Gardens – Hastings;
Coriander: The Chef’s Garden @ Epicurean – Hastings; Store
Cupboard Ingredients:
vegetable oil, garam marsala, cumin, ground coriander, turmeric, ginger, curry leaves, salt, stock, canned
tomatoes, tomato paste.

Note: Many of these producers can be found at the Napier Urban Food Market each Saturday morning and/or at the Hawke’s Bay Farmers’
Market each Sunday morning.

Happy cooking and eating.

Recipe by Rachel Blackmore

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Other cold weather beef dishes you might like to try;

Easy Curried Beef & Vegetable Stew

Easy Curried Beef & Vegetable Stew

Madras Beef Curry

Madras Beef Curry

Harissa Braised Beef with Preserved Lemon

Harissa Braised Beef with Preserved Lemon

 

Garlic Coriander Kingfish

Garlic Coriander Kingfish

I saw this idea over at Christopher James Clark’s blog and loved its flavours and simplicity and, of course, it was another great way to that excess of coriander!

Garlic Coriander Kingfish

In this recipe the unique flavours of coriander and saffron combine to
create an almost magical paste that complements the fish perfectly – this paste works well on any thick fish fillets or steaks
.

Serves 4

500g kingfish fillet cut into 4 equal sized pieces
SAFRRON & CORIANDER PASTE
pinch saffron
2 tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
1 bunch fresh coriander, finely chopped
1 tbsp cumin
lemon or lime juice
sea salt and black pepper

1              Preheat oven to 200°C.

2              To make paste, soak saffron in ¼ cup hot water for at least 10 minutes

3              Place oil, garlic and ginger in a small saucepan over a low heat and heat to gently cook the garlic, when fragrant remove pan from heat. Stir in saffron water, then add coriander and cumin and season with a squeeze of lemon juice and a grind of salt and black pepper.

4              Place fish on a baking tray, pour paste over fish and bake for 10-15 minutes – exact cooking time is going to depend on thickness of the fillets – or until is cooked and flakes when tested with a fork. Serve with lemon or lime wedges.

Serving suggestion: On this occasion, I served the fish on a bed of braised leeks and spinach – a slight variation on this recipe, I omitted the peas – and baked potato wedges.

So tell me, is saffron a spice that you use?

Where did the ingredients for this dish come from:
Fish: Tangaroa Seafoods – Napier; Saffron: Terrza Saffron – Hastings; Garlic: Krismaw Gardens – Hastings; Coriander: JJ Organics – Napier; Olive oil: The Village Press – Hastings; Store Cupboard Ingredients: ground coriander, ginger, salt, black pepper

Note: Many of these producers can be found at the Napier Urban Food Market each Saturday morning and/or at the Hawke’s Bay Farmers’ Market each Sunday morning.

Happy cooking and eating.

Recipe slightly adapted by Rachel Blackmore

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Other recipes using saffron you might like to try:

Potatoes & Chard in Garlicky Saffron Broth

Potatoes & Chard in Garlicky Saffron Broth

Salmon & Fennel Stew with Saffron

Salmon & Fennel Stew with Saffron

Mussels in Tomatoes & Saffron

Mussels in Tomatoes & Saffron

 

Coriander Fish Curry

Coriander Fish Curry

I love fresh coriander – no surprise to regular readers – but, things have got a little out of hand! When the coriander is looking as good as it is at the moment I seem unable to resist buying it and
consequently have ended up with an excess that needs using
quickly! Hence the reason that Saturday’s, today’s and tomorrow’s recipes all use a good quantity of this fragrant herb!

Coriander Fish Curry

This fish curry is loosely based on a Bengali fish curry called Lonka Dhone Baata Maach.

Serves 4

500g firm white fish fillets cut into chunks
1 tsp ground turmeric
sea salt
vegetable oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp ground coriander
½ cup canned diced tomatoes
¼ cup natural yogurt
FRESH CORIANDER PASTE
1 bunch coriander, including stems, roughly chopped – reserve a few leaves for scattering
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 green chilli, seeded (optional) and roughly chopped
2 tsp grated fresh ginger

1              Place fish in a bowl, sprinkle with turmeric, season with a good grind of salt and toss to coat.

2              Heat a frying pan over a medium heat, add oil to cover base by about 5mm and heat. Fry fish. Remove and drain on paper towels. Pour, all but 2 tbsp of oil, from pan.

3              To make paste, place coriander, onion, garlic, chilli and
ginger in a food processor. Add about ¼ cup water and process to make a rough paste – adding a little more water, if necessary.

4              Add cumin seeds and ground coriander to pan and cook,
stirring, over a medium heat for 1 minute or until fragrant. Stir in
coriander paste and cook, stirring, for 4-5 minutes or until thick and fragrant.

5              Stir in tomatoes and cook, stirring, for 1 minute to combine. Add yogurt and 1 cup water, bring to simmering and simmer, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes or reduced and thickened.

6              Add fish to sauce and mix gently to combine. Cook for 2-3 minutes to cook and heat fish through. Season with salt, if necessary.

Serving suggestion: Spoon over steamed brown rice and top with a dollop of natural yogurt.

So tell me, how do you use an excess of herbs?

Where did the ingredients for this dish come from:
Fish: Tangaroa Seafoods – Napier; Onion, garlic, cabbage: Krismaw Gardens – Hastings; Coriander: JJ Organics – Napier; Chilli: Orcona Chillis ‘n Peppers – Hastings; Yoghurt: Origin Earth – Havelock North; Store Cupboard Ingredients: vegetable oil, canned tomatoes, turmeric, cumin seeds, ground coriander, ginger, salt.

Note: Many of these producers can be found at the Napier Urban Food Market each Saturday morning and/or at the Hawke’s Bay Farmers’ Market each Sunday morning.

Happy cooking and eating.

Recipe by Rachel Blackmore

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Other recipes using a significant amount (at least a bunch) of coriander you might like to try:

Portuguese-style Bread & Garlic Soup with Coriander & Fish

Portuguese-style Bread & Garlic Soup with Coriander & Fish

Spicy Coriander Rice

Spicy Coriander Rice

Mushroom Coriander Soup

Mushroom Coriander Soup

 

Chilli & Coriander Mince with Pumpkin Wedges

Chilli & Coriander Mince with Pumpkin Wedges

Roast pumpkin is a Kiwi favourite that more often than not
accompanies a roast dinner, here you can enjoy the comforting
flavours of this familiar favourite teamed with another Kiwi
favourite mince.

Chilli & Coriander Mince with Pumpkin Wedges

The cabbage in the mince mixture is optional, but it is a great way to add vegetables to your meal. It can be replaced with kale, chard, silverbeet or
spinach, if that’s what you have or prefer.

Serves 4

1 small pumpkin, cut into wedges, seeds, – you need 2-3 wedges per serve
olive oil
sea salt and black pepper
1 onion, sliced
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 small green chilli, seeded and chopped, or to taste (optional)
500g beef mince
400g can diced tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato paste
½ small cabbage, sliced
1 bunch fresh coriander, chopped

1              Preheat oven to 180°C.

2              Brush pumpkin with oil, place on a baking tray and season with a good grind of salt. Roast for 30 minutes or until pumpkin is cooked.

3              Meanwhile, place onion and a splash of oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat with a lid, cover and cook, stirring
occasionally, for 8-10 minutes or until onion is soft and translucent. Add garlic and chilli and cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until fragrant.

4              Add beef and cook, stirring, for 5-6 minutes or until mince browns. Add tomatoes, half fill can with water to rinse out and add to pan with tomato paste. Bring to simmering, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 15-20 minutes or until mixture reduces thickens. Stir in coriander and season to taste with a good grind of salt and black pepper. To serve, place 2-3 wedges on each serving plate and spoon over mince mixture.

So tell me, how do you cook pumpkin besides roasting?

Where did the ingredients for this dish come from:
Mince: Mad Butcher – Hastings; Onion, garlic, cabbage: Krismaw Gardens – Hastings; Pumpkin, coriander: The Chef’s Garden @
Epicurean
– Hastings; Chilli: Orcona Chillis ‘n Peppers – Hastings; Olive oil: The Village Press – Hastings; Store Cupboard Ingredients: canned tomatoes, tomato paste, salt, black pepper.

Note: Many of these producers can be found at the Napier Urban Food Market each Saturday morning and/or at the Hawke’s Bay Farmers’
Market each Sunday morning.

Happy cooking and eating.

Recipe by Rachel Blackmore

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Portuguese-style Bread & Garlic Soup with Coriander & Fish

Portuguese-style Bread & Garlic Soup with Coriander & FishBread soups and salads have long been popular dishes in peasant cultures as they are a great way to make use of day-old or older bread and turn it into a delicious nourishing meals.

Italian Pappa al Pomodoro (Tomato and Bread Soup), Tuscan Ribollita (a soup of cavolo nero, beans, bread and other vegetables) and
Spanish Sopa de Ajo (Bread and Garlic Soup) are just some examples of well-known bread soups.

A few days ago over on Kevin is Cooking I saw his recipe for
Portuguese Bread and Garlic Soup with Cilantro and Fresh Shrimp and just loved the look and the flavours in this dish. Now, where I live all the shrimp or prawns are frozen and reasonably
uninteresting in terms of flavour and taste, so I knew I wasn’t going to use them, but thought fish would make a good alternative.

Portuguese-style Bread & Garlic Soup with Coriander & Fish

Kevin said about this dish “Super easy, quick and full of flavor. What more could you ask for after a hard day at work, right?” And he is so right – I actually almost court myself out with how quick this was to make!

What I love about Kevin’s recipe is the crispy bread with retains some crunch when add just before serving.

Serves 4-6

1 large bunch roughly chopped cilantro leaves and stems
6 cloves garlic
1 serrano chilli, seeded, and chopped (optional), or to taste
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
½ cup olive oil
6 slices day old sourdough bread
6 cups chicken stock
4 eggs
500g firm white fish fillets, cut into largish pieces

1              Preheat oven to 180°C. Place coriander, garlic and chilli with a good grind of salt and black pepper in a food processor with a good splash of oil. Pulse to roughly chop. Add remaining oil and purée to a smooth paste. Place ½ cup of paste in a bowl and set aside.

2              Cut bread into cubes, place on a baking tray and toast in oven until golden brown. Add to the bowl with the coriander paste and toss to coat. Set aside.

3              Place remaining paste in a large saucepan over medium heat and cook, stirring, for 3-5 minutes or until fragrant. Add stock and bring to a boil.

4              Place eggs in a bowl and whisk to combine. Reduce heat and slowly whisk eggs into stock. Add fish and cook until it flakes when tested with a fork. Remove pan from the heat, add toasted bread
cubes and mix to combine. Ladle into bowls and serve immediately.

So tell me, do you stale bread and if so how?

Where did the ingredients for this dish come from:
Fish: Tangaroa Seafoods – Napier; Garlic: Krismaw Gardens –
Hastings; Bread: The Love ‘n Oven; Napier; Coriander: The Chef’s
Garden @ Epicurean
– Hastings; Chilli: Orcona Chilis ‘n’ Peppers – Hastings; Eggs: Verry Eggs – Napier; Olive oil: The Village Press – Hastings; Store Cupboard Ingredients: stock, salt, black pepper.

Note: Many of these producers can be found at the Napier Urban Food Market each Saturday morning and/or at the Hawke’s Bay Farmers’
Market each Sunday morning.

Happy cooking and eating.

Recipe adapted by Rachel Blackmore

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Beef, Eggplant & Coriander Stew

Beef, Eggplant & Coriander StewA stew, yes, but a light, fragrant one, just ideal for this time of year when the evenings are getting cooler, but we aren’t quite out of summer clothes through the day so don’t feel the need for the hearty stews of mid-winter.

There were still some of the lovely Asian eggplant at the market last weekend, so I snapped them up and here I have teamed them with a spicy coriander paste and beef to make a warm stew that is packed with vegetables and flavour.

Beef, Eggplant & Coriander Stew

I used waxy potatoes which held their shape during cooking and I didn’t thicken as the eggplant broke down during cooking and just slightly
thicken the mixture, but you could thicken with a little cornflour at the end.

Serves 4

500g stewing or casserole steak – such as gravy beef, blade steak or shin beef, cut into 2.5cm pieces
sea salt and freshly ground pepper
vegetable oil
400g Thai eggplant, cut into wedges
1 small red onion, cut into wedges
2 carrots, sliced
2 potatoes, cut into bite-size chunks
2 cups stock
extra coriander for garnish
CHILLI CORIANDER PASTE
4 cloves garlic, chopped
a good handful of fresh coriander
1 small red chili such as Bird’s Eye
½ tsp cumin

1              For the paste, place garlic, coriander, chilli, cumin and ¼ cup of the stock in food processor and process to mince and make a paste.

2              Season beef with a good grind of salt. Heat a large saucepan over a medium-high heat, add a good splash of oil and brown meat in
batches. Remove beef and set aside.

3              Add eggplant and onion, cover and cook, stirring
occasionally, for 8-10 minutes or until onion is soft and translucent. Add carrots and potatoes and mix to combine.

4              Return beef to pan and toss to combine. Add paste and mix to combine. Add remaining stock, cover and bring to simmering.
Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 2 hours or until beef is tender –
exact cooking time will depend on the cut you are using. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.

Where did the ingredients for this dish come from:
Beef: Mad Butcher – Hastings;  Onion, eggplant, garlic, carrots,
potatoes:
Krismaw Gardens – Hastings; Coriander, chilli: The Chef’s Garden @ Epicurean – Hastings; Store Cupboard Ingredients:
vegetable oil, cumin, stock, salt, black pepper

Note: Many of these producers can be found at the Napier Urban Food Market each Saturday morning and/or at the Hawke’s Bay Farmers’
Market each Sunday morning.

Happy cooking and eating.

Recipe by Rachel Blackmore

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Other beef stews you might like to try:

Dijon, Mushroom & Beef Stew

Dijon, Mushroom & Beef Stew

Asian Beef & Vegetable Stew

Asian Beef & Vegetable Stew