These days I'm doing more soup-making than conference-speaking, so I thought I'd share my great grandma's recipe for beef vegetable soup, which I've eaten since I was a little girl and will make today for my birthday. Talk about tangible memories. I am sharing my version of her soup; most everything is the same, with the exception of a replacement of anchovies for kitchen bouquet. Nope, it doesn't taste like anchovies. Inosinate + glutamate = umami, or in layman's terms, beefier beef soup/stew.
To accompany my beef soup making and as a birthday present to myself, I compiled a
1992: 10,000 Maniacs "These are the Days"
1993: Sarah McLachlan "Ice Cream"
1994: Phish "Down with Disease"
1995: Blues Traveler "Just Wait"
1996: Alanis Morissette "You Learn"
1997: blink-182 "Dammit"
1998: Third Eye Blind "Graduate"
1999: Ben Folds Five "Song for the Dumped"
2000: Linkin Park "In the End"
2001: Incubus "Aqueous Transmission"
2002: No Doubt "Hella Good"
2003: Norah Jones "Come Away With Me"
2004: The Killers "All These Things That I've Done"
2005: Maroon 5 "Harder to Breathe"
2006: Decemberists "The Crane Wife 3"
2007: Yeasayer "Sunrise"
2008: Coldplay "Viva la Vida"
2009: Muse "Uprising"
2010: Arcade Fire "The Suburbs"
2011: Metric "Help I'm Alive"
2012: Kat Edmonson "Lucky"
Grandma's beef vegetable soup
2 Tbs. peanut oil
1 lb. large cut of beef, like chuck roast or top sirloin
1 large onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 large carrot, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 pint (~ 15 oz. can) diced tomatoes
2 sprigs thyme
6 anchovies, chopped fine
6 c. water
2 c. beef stock (or beef soup bones and more water)
salt and pepper to taste
chopped cabbage & cauliflower
1 pkg. mixed frozen veggies (1 used 1 c. peas & 1 c. corn instead)
squirt of tomato paste
a few shakes of Worcestershire sauce
1 c. small pasta or pearled barley (optional)
*How you cook the beef is up to your personal style. I brown and braise the whole piece of meat and then chop it later because that's what my grandmother does, but I know some others dice it ahead of time. I think it probably most depends on what your schedule will be for the day. This is definitely a meal that could be made in the crockpot.
Brown beef* on both sides in large Dutch oven in oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, carrot, and celery and cook until translucent but not browned. Add tomatoes, 2 c. water, beef stock/bones, thyme, anchovies, bay leaf, and salt and pepper. Cook covered until meat is tender over very low heat for approximately 1 1/2 hours.
Remove meat and allow to cool a bit. Add remaining water, potatoes and cabbage/cauliflower and cook for 20-30 minutes over medium heat until cooked through (if you're using barley, add it now too). Meanwhile, chop meat into bite-size pieces. Return meat to the pot and add tomato paste and remaining veggies (add pasta now if using). Season to taste.