Rich Beef Stew and Fennel Fried Rice

Rich Beef Stew

* 1 – 1 ½ (one-half) lbs beef (sirloin) strips
* 2 onions, roughly chopped
* ¼ (quarter) bulb fennel, roughly chopped
* ½ (half) can plum tomatoes with juice
* ½ (half) green pepper, diced
* 1 large potato, chunked
* 1 knob ginger, peeled and shredded
* 4 garlic cloves, chopped
* 2 green chillies, de-seeded and sliced
* 3 cups chicken/ beef stock (pref. if homemade with cumin, coriander, black pepper)
* 1 tbsp mint leaves, shredded
* 1 tbsp marmalade
* 1 tsp cumin powder
* 1 tsp coriander powder
* 3 tbsp Olive oil
* Salt
* Pepper
* Juice of ½ (half) lemon (approx)
* 1 tbsp ketchup (optional)

How to Cook

* Heat olive oil in pot, add fennel and onions and sauté till just translucent
* Add in ginger, garlic and fry till light brown on edges
* Add in the sirloin strips, cumin, coriander, chillies and fry until meat releases all the juices and they start to dry out (about 5 min)
* Add in the tomatoes and juice, tomato paste, green pepper, potato chunks, mint and stock and bring to a boil
* Upon boiling, lower heat and simmer for about 30 min or until potatoes and beef are cooked through
* Add in ketchup, marmalade and adjust for salt and pepper
* Serve hot over fennel fried rice

Fennel Fried Rice

* ½ (half) bulb fennel, chopped
* 1 green pepper, chopped
* 2 cups cold cooked rice (old)
* 1 tsp cumin, 2 cardamoms
* ½ (half) stock cube, 1 garlic clove
* 2 frankfurters

How to Cook

* Heat olive oil in a pan and add in the smashed garlic clove when hot
* Remove garlic clove after it has browned and add in cardamom, cumin, fennel and green peppers and fry till soft and lightly browned
* Cook franks in the microwave and dice, add into mixture
* Mix in cold cooked rice and stir fry till done… crumble in chicken stock cube for extra flavour and adjust seasonings

Crusty Eggplant

* Sliced egg plant
* 2 Eggs beaten (for dipping)
* Italian breadcrumbs
* Flour

How to Cook

* Create breading station
* Dip eggplant in flour, eggs then breadcrumbs and then bake in oven for 45min or until golden and cooked through