On the the Hobbit part of this Blog.

I made a really tasty vegetable stew for Christmas Eve. Not being sure when everyone was arriving I thought having something in the crock pot would be a good plan. (Turkey the next night) Also, as Edd is a Vegetarian, I wanted a good meal for him too.

I ran across this recipe in a Canadian Living Mag at work. It went over really well. I believe there were 3rd and 4th helpings to be had.

Winter Vegetable Stew



Trim top off garlic head to expose cloves. Place on square of foil and drizzle with 1 tsp (5 mL) of the oil; seal package. Bake in 375°F (190°C) oven until tender, about 35 minutes. Let cool enough to handle; squeeze out cloves into bowl. Set aside.

Meanwhile, in large Dutch oven, heat remaining oil over medium heat; cook onions, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 6 minutes.

Stir in potatoes, parsley and thyme sprigs, bay leaves, salt, pepper, saffron and roasted garlic; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.

Stir in flour; cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Gradually stir in broth, scraping up browned bits. Stir in 3 cups (750 mL) water and bring to boil; reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

Stir in cauliflower and chestnuts; simmer for 5 minutes.

Stir in squash; simmer for 10 minutes. Discard parsley, thyme and bay leaves. (Make-ahead: Let cool for 30 minutes; refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Rewarm to serve, stirring gently to keep squash in chunks.)

Additional Information:

Fresh chestnuts have the best flavour and are widely available this time of year. To prepare, cut X in flat side of each. Boil, 4 at a time, until cut points curl, about 2 minutes. Drain and peel off skin. Then simmer in fresh water until tender, about 5 minutes.

Vacuum-packed or canned chestnuts are available in some grocery and specialty food shops and are ready to use. Of the two types, vacuum-packed have a superior taste. Drain and rinse canned chestnuts before using.


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  1. sounds like a good stew, I have never cooked with chestnuts,or seen them in a store.

  2. Around Christmas time i see them in the produce section with various other nuts.
    Apparently you can get them canned as well, but I haven’t looked yet.

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