We used to live on the wrong side of the street. The wind was adamant – and prejudiced. It preferred the even-numbered side of Gower Street. It was generous with its deposits of snow every time. News reporters gathered on Gower, facing the even numbers and filming the jelly bean houses peeking out from what seemed like a snow avalanche. What never got mentioned was the wind playing games with us. We got used to it. We got used to self pity, pity from the odd-numbered side of the street – and the rest of the country. While we spent copious hours digging ourselves (and our entire lives) out and then spending the next few days in bed with a sore back, the ‘others’ got away with a broom, a dust pan, and a snicker. That broom and dust pan is a deep-rooted sarcasm (but not entirely made up).
We have moved houses since and with that it seems the winds have changed as well. The wind seems to favour none. We all get endowed without prejudice. This time there is less drama over the amounts of snow, less pity, and absolutely no television reporters. We go out and shovel snow peacefully like it’s second nature, be it 5 or 50 centimetres. We don’t feel the need to stare incredulously at the other side of the street. Peaceful, in an odd way.
Truth be known, I do love the snow and I do love to shovel snow as well. I did not grow up with snow in India, so I am making up for lost time (my husband’s theory). But what I love most about the snow is how it heightens a bowl of simple home-made stew. The snowy coldness outside begs for stews to be cooked innumerable times without dullness. No matter how much snow we have to shovel – or how numb our toes and fingers have become – a hot bowl of stew cooked with the humblest of ingredients becomes a meal fit for a king.
WINTER STEW WITH ROOT VEGETABLES AND CHICKEN
Adapted from my family’s recipe
- Chicken (bone-in): 1 kg
- Onion: 2 large, cubed
- Garlic: 15 large cloves
- Ginger: 2 inch, sliced thick
- Whole black peppercorns: 1 tbsp slightly crushed
- Bay leaf: 1
- Potato: 2 large, cubed
- Carrot: 3 large, cubed
- Parsnip: 2 large cubed
- Green beans: 1 bunch, cut into 2 inch pieces
- Peas: 1/4 cup
- Butter: 3 tbsp
- Veg oil: 1 tbsp
- Flour: 2tbsp
- Water: 4-5 cups
- Milk: 1/4 cup
- Heat oil and butter together over medium heat. Add the ginger, garlic, onion, peppercorns and bay leaf and let cook for about 2-3 mins.
- Add the chicken and stir for 4-5 mins until the chicken seem well coated with the butter. Now add the vegetables except the peas.
- Stir the vegetables and chicken together for another 4 mins.
- Sprinkle the flour over the vegetables and chicken and stir for another few minutes.
- Add water and salt to taste and let boil.
- Once the stew starts boiling, reduce heat to simmer, cover pot and let the stew finish cooking till the chicken is completely cooked.
- When ready to serve add the milk, a dollop of butter and some freshly ground pepper.
love these photos! they make me feel so warm and cosy!
Love this chicken stew! So warm and cozy. Makes me want to curl up on the couch in front of my TV. Lovely post.
It is what we all need when it is snowing outside, isn’t it?
Yes, absolutely! We have been eating a lot of stew of different kinds since it had started snowing. Nothing beats stew!
Looks perfect for a day like today with the cold winds howling outside my windows 🙂
I hope you make some…will keep you warm and cozy inside!
I love your titles, pictures, and summaries! Absolutely gorgeous. The soup looks so hearty and delicious. I never thought of the ginger and parsnips in a chicken stew recipe. Superb my dear!!!
Thank you Judi! The stew is my family’s recipe and the only extra I added was the parsnip. There’s n parsnip in India or else I’m sure they would have added that too. But it is quite nice and light and fragrant.
Mouth-watering! I think I will try a vegetarian version of this stew. Even more than the recipes, I LOVE your stories leading up to the recipe, they never fail to bring a smile to my face.
Thank you Florence! I think it’ll be just lovely. You can add soya nuggets instead of the chicken and mane navy beans. I hope you try it during your vegan challenge.
And I am glad my little tales makes you smile…it is so worth it to bring that little happiness to people. I’m glad you mentioned!
Lovely and comforting… I know since I did the same thing yesterday :-)I started writing about it on my blog but couldn’t finish it since my daughter is sick and I stayed in bed with her all evening.
Thanks dear friend!
What beautiful photos! I’ll add you to my reading list! Thanks for stopping by my blog at http://midwesternfarmgirl.wordpress.com.
Thank you. I hope you like what you see. 🙂
That stew looks like it would be SO good on a cold, snowy day! Or any day, really… 🙂 I love all of your photos!
Thanks Allison. A steaming bowl of stew, be it any kind is so so good on snowy days, isn’t it?
I think this dish is perfect for keeping you all warm and toasty 🙂
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Oh it is! We need it more than ever at -16 degrees! 😀
How funny the snow got dumped on one side of the road more, even funny that you moved and still live in the same street! Must be a nice one :0) even with snow, I love snow too.
We moved to another neighbourhood. I wasn’t going to move to the same street where we almost existed in igloos in the winter! 😀 But, yes, I cannot imagine not having snow…it’s lovely on a crisp cold but sunny day!
Such beautiful photographs!
Very artistic photos!! And delicious looking stew 🙂
Thank you Madhu! There is an Instagram photo in the bunch! I have started playing with it and love it!