Friday, 28 May 2010

Beef & green vegetables stew (served with buckwheat)


Buckwheat certainly deserves attention, because is very tasty and healthy. It is widely used in Poland, Russia and Ukraine. In my home it always is a great company for stews, either with meat or vegetarian ones.

I served this stew with buckwheat that I dry roasted before boiling. You do not have to roast it before boiling – I did it because in Poland the most popular is buckwheat which was already roasted. It has a nice brown colour and it taste better.

It is good to fry the buckwheat in little vegetable oil (lard or goose fat should be fine to) and add stock or water, bring to the boil and turn the heat down to a minimum level just to keep it warm until the liquid is absorbed. Allow 2 parts of liquid to one part of buckwheat.

I hope you like it, if not you can always serve this stew with any other wheat or potatoes.

Beef stew

Quite often I do not use any fat to fry the meat before adding to stew, but place beef into a boiling stock. It saves some calories and time. You can obviously fry the meet if you wish and then add the stock.

Serves 3-4

400g stewing beef
2 onions, peeled and roughly sliced
garlic clove, peeled and roughly sliced
handful of dried wild mushrooms (porcini)
3 cups of vegetable stock
1 cup of ale or stout (if you do not want to use alcohol at all use an extra cup of stock)
12 asparagus spears, wooden ends removed, each spear cut into half
cup of green beans (I used frozen cut beans)
half cup of peas (again I used frozen one)
tbsp corn flour (corn starch)
freshly ground black pepper

In a big pan boil the stock and add meat, onions and garlic. Cover and boil for few minutes. Next add beer, porcini mushrooms, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer for about 60 minutes or until the meat is tender.

For the last 10 minutes add bottom parts of asparagus, for last 5 minutes asparagus tops, peas and beans. Cover and simmer.

Meanwhile mix the corn starch with 3 tbsp of water and add to the pan, boil for further minute – it will thicken the sauce little bit.

Check if the frozen vegetables are cooked and serve.


  1. Karolina

    This is a fabulous idea! I have never tried buckwheat but lately have seen it displayed in the middle-eastern stores; it reminds me of our freekeh, the roasted green wheat, a very rustic and nutritious type of wheat; I can't wait to try buckwheat next time I will get a package and try your stew. Beautiful.

  2. Super idea, Karolina! I use buckwheat flour in pancakes, never thought to use buckwheat in a stew. Hope I can find it at Whole Foods, 'cause I'd love to try this!

  3. Joumana, thank you! uckweat is truly delicious, especially if you dry roast it before boiling. I have never tried freekeh, but certainly if I can get hold of it I will try it. I love any wheat. I hope you like the stew.

    Barbara, I have a buckwheat flour as well and use it to make breton galletes. I will always recommend buckweat especially to people from outside the central and eastern Europe, where is quite popular. Cheers! :)

    Thank you for your comments! :D


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