I went to Costco to buy the usual necessities. I was supposed to just buy things like boring toilet paper and flour and sugar for my cakes and cheese (I find they have a great selection of cheese) and that was about it, of course I got out with a full cart and spent much more than I anticipated. But one of the things in my cart was fresh, shelled, English peas!!
Peas are one of my favorite vegetables and they are extremely hard to find fresh over here, so I had to grab a couple of bag and use them ASAP. And that is what I did! As soon as I got home I started preparing a beef and pea stew.
- 3/4 lb diced beef for stew
- 1 lb shelled peas
- 1 onion
- 2 oz. diced pancetta
- 2 cups beef broth
- First I started by sauteing an onion in a pan with a bit of oil and some diced pancetta (pancetta is much better than bacon in this recipe, because it is sweeter and it complements the sweetness of the fresh peas instead of overpowering it).
- I added some salt to help the onion soften up and then added the diced, and lightly floured beef. I seared the meat for a couple of minutes an then added a splash of wine. I used red because that is what was around, but you can do white if you prefer.
- Then I added the peas and seasoned everything with salt, a bit of sugar, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg (just a pinch each to bring out the sweetness of the peas). I added about 2 cups of beef broth and let cook for about 3/4 of an hour.
- Towards the end I added some flour to help thickening up the sauce, depending on how much of your water has evaporated you might or might not need to do that...
- Great end of winter dish.... spring and fresh veggies are around the corner!!