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Sunday 30 October 2022

Warming Stews for Late October

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers,”
(Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables).

October, our tenth month of the year has thirty-one days ... and I don't know about you, but I have found the days have just flown by! October always seems to provide lovely colours, and Eddie and I have enjoyed some lovely Autumnal walks. We have also enjoyed some delicious Autumn stews and casseroles, which leads me onto the two recipe suggestions I share today. With Halloween and Bonfire Night so close either of these recipes would be suitable but can be enjoyed at other times too. 

Ghoulish Goulash Stew
If you are looking for a perfect Halloween recipe to tuck into after a night of trick or treating, then look no further! This ghoulishly good stew, complete with creepy eyeballs made from stuffed olives, is packed with succulent lamb and flavoured with chilli and paprika for a warming, spicy kick... Yum!

Serves Four
2 tbsp. olive oil
600g (1lb) diced lamb leg
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/2 - 1 red chilli, de-seeded and finely chopped (depending on taste)
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
750ml (1 1/4pt) lamb or vegetable stock
2 medium beetroot, peeled
250g (8oz) butternut squash, peeled, de-seeded and chopped
1 large red pepper, de-seeded and sliced
10 Pimento stuffed olives, halved
handful parsley or chives, finely chopped
soured cream, to serve
can be seen here

Lentil and Vegetable Minestrone Stew / Casserole
You may have a Halloween or Bonfire Night gathering coming up and are looking for a warming stew/casserole. Well, how about considering this one!

Serves Four
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 carrot, diced small
1 celery stick, diced small
3 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
3 tbsp. sundried tomato paste
2 sprigs of rosemary
1 bay leaf
700ml hot reduced-salt chicken stock
1 x 400g tin (pomodorini) cherry tomatoes
1 x 400g tin green lentils, drained and well-rinsed
100g cabbage or kale, any tough stalks removed, shredded
To serve (optional)
a few Parmesan (or vegetarian alternative) shavings
a few basil leaves
a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil
can be seen here

You will find a variety of articles and recipe ideas within this blog, but please note, not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e., use your meter. If you have any concerns about your health, it is always advisable to consult your doctor or health care team.

All the best Jan


Tom said...

...this is stew season.

Buttercup said...

These both look good. I had a great lentil soup last week and will be keeping this lentil recipe on hand for colder days. Thanks for the great recipes.

Martha said...

The both look delicious!

My name is Erika. said...

Yum, yum, yum! The ghoulish goulash is great with those "eyeballs".

J.P. Alexander said...

Gracias por las recetas. Te mando un beso.

Elephant's Child said...

The lentil minestrone looks good - though I would replace the chicken stock.

Margaret D said...

Two nice looking recipes.

Jules said...

Delicious! My slow cooker comes in very handy at this time of year. X

Stefania said...

Hanno un ottimo aspetto entrambi.
Il primo si presta molto a fare, quella che in Italia chiamiamo "la scarpetta".
CioΓ¨ raccogliere il sugo con il pane πŸ˜‹

Barwitzki said...

Oh yes, the soups look really good, even though it's a whopping 20 degrees... unbelievable for the end of October. Enjoy. Yes.
Yesterday I baked Swedish cinnamon rolls - and today I have broccoli soup :-)))
Happy Halloween to you.

eileeninmd said...

They both look delicious! Take care, enjoy your day, have a great new week!

Jo said...

They both look delicious. Warming, filling and comforting.

Valerie-Jael said...

I'm going to make a pot of stew later on, it will set me up for a few days! Valerie

baili said...

Wow your description of stew make mouth water lol.
October is kind of first mild month here after long summer. One can feel things again.
Never heard of stuffed olive. Sounds Great
Thanks for sharing

Breathtaking said...

Hello Jan :=)

They both look so good, but my choice would be the Minestrone soup, as it's not spicy. Don't do spicy! Wish I could though!:=)

OLga said...

Buona festa di Halloween!

Chatty Crone said...

I agree with Breathtaking - I love the Minestrone.

R's Rue said...

I’m hungry now

It's me said...


Creations By Cindy said...

Oh my! That stew looks amazing. I love stews and soups and chili all year round. Hugs and blessings,Cindy

happyone said...

Great for the cooler days of fall and winter.

Sue said...

It's been a very strange (but good) month for us. We started off in Greece and it was like the middle of Summer, and ended up in Yorkshire in Winter! Oh and our Granddaughter was born 7 weeks early 4 days after my birthday! Let's see what November brings lol. Take care and have a great month, Sue xx

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J.P. Alexander said...
Gracias por las recetas. Te mando un beso.

Thanks for the recipes. I send you a kiss.

Stefania said...
Hanno un ottimo aspetto entrambi.
Il primo si presta molto a fare, quella che in Italia chiamiamo "la scarpetta".
CioΓ¨ raccogliere il sugo con il pane πŸ˜‹

They both look great.
The first lends itself very well to doing, what in Italy we call "the shoe".
That is, collect the sauce with bread πŸ˜‹

OLga said...
Buona festa di Halloween

Happy Halloween

Lisabella Russo said...

The lentil soup looks amazing!

NatureFootstep said...


Giorgio said...

Great Halloween recipe, Jan! Thank you for sharing!

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful vege soup Jan.

Bill said...

The stew looks great especially right now.
Thanks for sharing.

peppylady (Dora) said...

This is perfect time for stew.
Coffee is on and stay safe

J.P. Alexander said...

Gracias por las recetas. Te mando un beso.

Marco Luijken said...

That looks so tasty. You can make this so well.

Greetings, Marco

Divers and Sundry said...

It's hard to beat a stew in the Autumn. Beef stew is my favorite. said...

They both look tasty.

Teresa said...

Interesantes recetas. Hoy he preparado lentejas muy parecidas a estas. Besos.

William Kendall said...

These sound good.

Conniecrafter said...

I have a goulash recipe that has been handed down for generations but of course it calls for macaroni, loved that meal in the winter months

David M. Gascoigne, said...

The soup looks delicious and since we eat less and less meat it would be perfect for us.

Jeanie said...

Stew sounds very good right now -- great comfort food and so warming! This looks like a good recipe.