My husband is the one that is the specialist when it comes to Halloween but as he is not here with us i need to be the one that needs to take care of everything and try and make the celebration special for my daughters. Kara is really looking forward to tomorrow especially because i said that we will have a party! She doesn’t even care that it will only be for the three of us.
So while Kara was at nursery today i try to make a pumpkin stew which wasn’t really on Kara’s taste as she thought it was too sweet but Anastasia devoured her portion.
The recipe is simple and i just done as it as i was cooking but here is the recipe for you my readers.
- one small pumpkin peeled and cut into chunks;
- 3 white potato peeled and cut into chunks or whatever you like to eat them;
- one big carrot peeled and cut;
- 2 white onions chopped really finely;
- 1 red pepper cut into chunks;
- 1 can plum tomatoes in tomato sauce;
- 1 clove chopped really finely;
- 1 tbsp of dry oregano;
- 2 tbsp of vegetable oil;
Start by frying & cooking the onion in the 2 tbsp of vegetable onion until they are soft and transparent. My frying pan is quite big so i sometimes tend to add 3-4 tbsp of water too as i need to make sure that the onion will cook but not burn. When the onion is soft add the garlic and oregano and fry for 1-2 minutes.
Add the carrots and peppers and et it fry for a couple of minutes while stirring continuously and then add the potato too and stir fry for another 1-2 minutes.
Put the all the ingredients in a casserole dish and cover all the ingredients with hot water from the kettle.Add the casserole to a preheated oven at 180C and cook for about 30 min. Half of this time i put a lid on my casserole so that it boils and cooks faster.
While the stew is in the oven cook the tomatoes and the juice from the can in the frying pan you cooked the onion in. When the sauce becomes a tiny bit thicker you can take the pan off the heat.
After the 30 minutes the vegetables should be well cooked but if you think they might need a bit more please do leave them longer in there. Is better for the vegetables to be well cooked before adding the tomato sauce.
If you think the vegetables are done then add the tomato sauce on top , cover the pan and put back in the oven for 5 more minutes.
Take it out of the oven and put the covered casserole on a heat proof surface. Sprinkle with fresh parsley and cover it with a towel and leave it to rest. The stew actually bubbled for a couple more minutes even out of the oven.
We served it with warm foccacia and you can find the recipe by clinking the link.
Look how it looked when it came after it stayed covered:
Tonight we even decorated the house with decorations bought from Lidl and some paper pumpkins that me and Kara crafted at the beginning of this week.