Saturday, July 14, 2012

Cook It: Beef and Vegetable Soup

I made this delicious, hearty soup on Friday, it was super easy (a requirement for me in the kitchen) and pretty tasty (a mere bonus). I plan to thicken up the left overs and make a pie, because pastry makes everything better. I shared a recipe from the same cook book back here, it's another winner.

Tomorrow I'm hitting the shops to stock up on 'organic' produce, but not before writing a meal plan to see how far this $150 will go. I'll be spending some time during the week looking at Organic certifications, finding out what 'organic' actually means and discovering the benefits/ set backs for both my family and the planet.

Today I spent $5.50 on 2 litres of organic milk. I felt dirty. How can buying something so good feel so... bad?

2 tablespoons olive oil
600g gravy beef, trimmed, cut into 2cm pieces
1 medium brown onion (150g), chopped coarsely
1 clove garlic, crushed
1.5 litres (6 cups) water
1 cup (250ml) beef stock
400g can diced tomatoes
2 trimmed celery stalks (200g), cut into 1cm pieces
1 medium carrot (120g), cut into 1cm pieces
2 small potatoes (240g), cut into 1cm pieces
310g can corn kernels, rinsed, drained
½ cup (60g) frozen peas


Heat half of the oil in large saucepan; cook beef, in batches, until browned.

Heat remaining oil in same pan; cook onion and garlic, stirring, until onion softens. Return beef to pan with the water, stock and undrained tomatoes; bring to the boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 1½ hours.

Add celery, carrot and potato to soup; simmer, uncovered, about 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

Add corn and peas to soup; stir over heat until peas are tender.

Have fun in the sun, friends. 


  1. it is 100% worth it for good quality, organic dairy. i promise. don't feel dirty.

  2. I have already meal planned and shopped for this week but I will have to add that stew in to the rotation for next week!

    Here is my favourite winter stew.

    And as for organic milk please let me know what you find about the certifications. I used to buy only organic milk in the States but since moving to Brisbane I have gone back to regular milk...mostly because the shops only sell organic in 1 litre cartons here...we go through almost 1 litre of milk a day! But I always feel guilty when I pour Baby C a glass of milk that it is not organic.

    1. Hi there,
      Where abouts in Brisbane are you? We are able to get 2L of Barambah's organic (and local) milk here in Bris quite easily. Try asking your local IGA or cornerstore if they could get it in, you might be surprised!
      ~ melania

    2. We are in Red Hill and generally shop in Ashgrove but the Woolies there only has the Parmalat organic milk in small cartons. I have been meaning to check to see if they have organic milk at the Ashgrove fruit shop. Otherwise I was thinking about getting milk delivered. But I will check out our local IGA! Thanks for the tip!

  3. Ahhh this will be interesting for you! We decided to go organic when Rowan was born. No expence spared type of thing. The sailor who loves investigating things took the commercial organic food thing to task. Too long and winded to tell you about it in this comment box. But consider how long it takes to clean and test the grazing paddocks, then consider what falls out of the sky, etc, etc,etc, We are back to Dairy Farmers regular milk. If you grow your own, veges, fruit cow, sheep etc and you know what is in the ground, and what you feed and water them, you safely be happy that you are eating as close to organic as you can! Best places to buy organic is from farmers markets make sure thet display the cert, it will tell you how organic their produce is. Hmm going to try that soup this week .

  4. I'm really looking forward to reading what you find about shopping organic for a family. It just seems such a giant mountain to me. Although in small doses, I do give it a go. I really like the organic tinned tomatoes in coles, they taste good! Good luck :)

  5. I think I'm going to try this recipe in the slow cooker and skip the browning part......;o)
    It looks really yummy!
    Tania xx

  6. My husband just told me he wants to make ''that Beetleshack chick's'' soup this week. So THANK YOU! xx


Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em