Today’s Lunch

I was at wits end as to what to cook for lunch today, that seems to be the trend lately since I’ve become a bit of a scatterbrain.   Maybe it’s because of my current “condition”.

Yes, there’s a bun in the oven and it’s contributed to me  been a bit distracted and a bit lazy.    I  usually plan meals  for at least an entire week, make a list and head to the store.   This past grocery shopping trip was done without a plan, no rhyme nor reason, I just dropped sh*t in the cart.   Boy have I been paying dearly.  I decided to make baked ziti today but realized I didn’t have any mozzarella cheese and I had defrosted stir fry beef; what was I to cook?


Beef Stroganoff

Eventually I decided to make beef stroganoff  with some type of carrots on the side and rice.   Beef stroganoff is a dish originating from Russian in which beef is sauteed and served in a sour cream sauce.   I added crimini mushrooms and finished it off with a sprinkling of cayenne pepper and a dash of nutmeg.  Turns out being unprepared sometimes can have a very delicious outcome.   No, I didn’t document the recipe for the beef stroganoff but I do have a sorta recipe for the carrots.


This  is my go-to recipe for veggies, such as carrots, green beans and brussel spouts.  It gives the vegetables tons of flavor.   I don’t have exact measurements, but this is a pretty easy recipe so I’m sure you savvy boys and girls can average.  Here goes:


1.  Melt about 1/2 tbsp of butter over a medium fire.  Add crushed garlic and sautee for about 1 minute.   Add about 4  carrots, sliced on the bias and stir to coat with butter and garlic.

2.  Add enough chicken stock to cover carrots.  Add a pinch of sugar, about 1 tsp and simmer until tender and liquid had completely reduced.  Add salt and black pepper to taste.

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17 Comments

  1. Bibi
    August 17, 2011 / 2:48 pm

    Congratulations!!! I didn’t look at your website for the first several months of my pregnancy because I couldn’t stand food..lol But when I did come back I was wondering where you were.

  2. August 17, 2011 / 2:51 pm

    I hope you have a healthy and happy baby.

  3. JehanP
    August 17, 2011 / 4:07 pm

    Thanks Bibi and Christine for the well wishes.

  4. August 17, 2011 / 8:12 pm

    Looks yummy.

  5. Angela
    August 18, 2011 / 11:30 am

    What kind of chicken stock do you use? Thanks.

  6. August 18, 2011 / 2:25 pm

    only today i was thinking what to make with that beef in my fridge. Thanx for the idea. U look great btw 🙂

  7. JehanP
    August 18, 2011 / 6:37 pm

    I used a low sodium chicken stock.

  8. September 1, 2011 / 6:04 am

    You look too cute! I’m going to have to try that recipe! Yum!

  9. jacque D
    September 1, 2011 / 11:19 am

    Everything is just devine looking. You’ve done a very good job. I love it. Keep up the good work.

    By the way, do you have a recipe for black pudding using sweet potatoes?

    Appreciate a recipe if you have one.

    Thanks
    Jacque

  10. jacque D
    September 1, 2011 / 11:23 am

    You might want to go on the cooking shows. I watch all the cooking shows everyday, almost all day, and to tell you the truth, your food look better than most those celerbity chefs. My late husband was a Guyanese, and I am quite familar with the cuisine. I know that you food is on the money, just from reading your recipies. You go girl!

  11. JehanP
    September 3, 2011 / 4:49 am

    Hi Jacque, I’m not familiar with a black pudding recipe using sweet potatoes…never heard of it.

  12. JehanP
    September 3, 2011 / 4:49 am

    Aww thank you so much!

  13. Shundel
    September 4, 2011 / 12:11 pm

    You look radiant. Congratulations and best wishes to you and hubby!

  14. September 6, 2011 / 11:39 am

    OMG I was just surfing for a recipe for fried chana, didn’t think I would find one. But I did on your website. Awesome website. But now am hungry 🙁

  15. JehanP
    September 7, 2011 / 1:00 pm

    Thank you all for the kind words.

  16. Twailing
    October 15, 2011 / 2:07 pm

    Hi Jehan
    Am always on the look-out for Guyanese recipes. My mother was, well still is, a marvellous cook but unfortunately is aged and lives far away. So with much appreciation, will have your blog on my favourites.
    I guess by now, the birth of your baby will be soon, so wishing you all the best for a safe delivery and a bouncing, healthy baby! x

  17. October 28, 2011 / 10:16 am

    I came across your blog looking for a Channa recipie and found a way in which to fix carrots that I might enjoy eating! 🙂 Congratulations on the baby and thanks for recipies! 🙂