Yesterday was one of those days where I valiantly tried to be productive and failed miserably. I had grand plans: I was going to get all my work-related stuff done, attack the dirty laundry that had exploded all over my bedroom, clean said bedroom, tidy up the kitchen, and make dinner.
Instead, I got some of my work-related stuff done, although I was stymied by people not answering my e-mails right away (and they have every perfect right not to have to do so =). I washed one load of sheets. I didn't clean the bedroom at all. I put all the dishes in the dishwasher, which then proceeded to flood the kitchen floor while I was upstairs; thankfully, not too badly, and as Chris said upon coming home, "Thank you for washing the kitchen floor!". But in regards to dinner, I was at my most unhappiest.
I have a crockpot, you see, a cute little maybe 3 quart one that I bought years ago for $10 when Bradlees went out of business. It has served me well throughout college, and yesterday, the crockpot and I were going to make vegetable stew. Here's my prototype stew recipe, which didn't turn out as I wanted it to.
1.5 medium eggplants
1 medium yellow onion
1 large parsnip
2 medium turnips
2 medium carrots
0.5 tsp tumeric
0.5 tsp paprika
0.25 tsp ginger
dried parsley to taste
lots of cinnamon to taste (I think I put too much cinnamon in)
1-2 cups water
Cut everything up, dump in crockpot. Mix in spices and water, stir thoroughly, turn crockpot on. Cook on low for ~6 hours and then on high for ~1 hour. Serve finished product over rice.
Now I wasn't happy with how the stew turned out, as I mentioned above. For starters, it needed salt, which we ended up adding after it was cooked. Chris also put pepper in and liked it that way. I felt like I had put too much cinnamon in and that all the spices didn't really meld well together. I based the recipe, by the way, on several online vegetable stew recipes that had similar spices, but maybe I put too much spices in.
So here is my challenge to you, faithful LIT SOUP readers... how do I make my stew recipe better? Do I need to change the ingredients somewhat? Do I need to change my spices? There has to be some way to improve it, since I'm not making it again this way. Bear in mind that I don't like cumin, coriander, or chiles of any kind, so suggesting that I add any of those will not be helpful. If you have any suggestions, please comment away!