Thursday, December 10, 2009

Beefless Barley Stew -By Sanjay

So we have been out of commission for a minute. We were suffering from technical difficulties involving the camera and sever bouts of lazy. So even though I don't have a picture for this fooding and I am still incurably lazy, here is a vegan version of beef and barley stew for the cold weather.


2 carrots
2 potatoes
2 tomatoes
1/2 a bottle of beer
2 onions
4 tbs barley
2 stalks celery
2 cups TVP
2 cups water
2 tbs oil
2 tsp paprika
2 tsp salt
2 tsp pepper

Dice all of your veggies.
In a large pot caramelize your onions.
Brown your TVP in with the onions but not for too long.
Dump in potatoes and water and bring to a boil.
Drop everything else in.
Simmer until the tomatoes still have some semblance of shape and form.
You'll probably need to put a bit of water in as the barley starts to soak everything up.


It's brown thick, rich and hearty. Doesn't matter if your 1/2 bottle of beer is flat and was lying around the morning after a gathering as long as there are no cigarette butts in it I'd chuck it in.


This is a quintessentially versatile dish. I like to follow a 2 by 2 rule to curb any one element from becoming over powering and getting more flavours into the pot. Also, I like to stay away from adding lentils and turning this into goulash.