Beef Stew for Love and Stability | Easy Weekday Meals | Kitchen Witchery with Sara
Now this? This is what I call a hearty cottage meal.
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Of all the soups and stews my mom made, there was absolutely nothing that topped beef stew for me. It was thick, savory, full of tender chunks of beef and big bites of soft potato and sweet carrot—everything I could've wanted out of a soup was there. On winter nights, with some toast and butter alongside it, it was an all around comforting, cozy meal.
And any kind of meal that has an association like that in the mind is going to make for some fantastic magic, no matter how you put your personal spin on it.
In kitchen witchcraft, as we get so wrapped up in the individual items we use to make our meals, it's important to remember that a lot of magic has to do with the qualities the finished thing has, too, and all the energy our thoughts and memories can give it. As such, it doesn't matter if my recipe is different than my mom's: it's delicious, and it reminds me of nights at the dinner table where we all scooped it up from the big pot on the stove and chatted about anything and everything.
However, if we do want to look at the specific items, let's especially take a peek at the apple, rosemary, red wine, and potato.
Magic in Beef Stew
The heartiness of beef stew alone is something that gives you a tip on what kind of magic will be most present in it: that stabilizing, grounding, and love-filled kind, the kind that gets you through a rough week and lets you melt after a long day. It's just as nutritious as it is magical, too, with all these herbs and vegetables, and yes, even with all that red wine. The tannins in them are a good health benefit, granted you don't take in too much at a time. And certainly, the magic of the dish reflects these cozy, nutritious elements.
The elements of fire, water, and earth, as well as the planets Venus, the Moon, and the Sun, mean you'll have a dish that unites your home in love and comfort, getting you to release all the muck that's piled up on you and reflect on it as it leaves. It also lights the way for a brighter rest of the week, and of course, it keeps you stable and ready to heal both mind and body with hearty vegetables like potatoes putting in that work. If you're looking to bless your family with love, comfort, success, and healing, this is it.
Prep time: 45 minutes
Cook time: 120 minutes
Makes 4-6 Servings
1-2lbs beef chuck for stew
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 carrots, peeled & chopped
4 potatoes, peeled & diced
1 apple, peeled & diced
1 Tbsp tomato paste
1 cup merlot
3 bay leaves
1 Tbsp thyme
1 1/2 tsp rosemary
3 cups water
Salt & Pepper to taste
Chop your onion and fry until golden brown.
Add minced garlic and fry until fragrant.
Add diced carrots, tomato paste, and potatoes
Pour all wine and water into pot and add herbs & seasoning
Bring to a boil and skim off any foam that collects
Let simmer on low for two hours
Serve with fresh bread
Stews are great because once you get everything in the pot and the water all added in, you can just walk away and leave it to cook for you. Start it early in the day, mosey around and clean up here and there, and before you know it, stew's done! Enjoy ♥