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Saturday 15 April 2023

A Saturday Stew : Perfect For The Grand National !

Here in the UK this Saturday (15/04/23) is "The Grand National. This is a National Hunt horse race held annually at Aintree Racecourse, Aintree, Merseyside, England. First run in 1839, it is a handicap steeplechase over an official distance of about 4 miles and 2½ furlongs (4 miles 514 yards (6.907 km)), with horses jumping 30 fences over two laps. It is the most valuable jump race in Europe, with a very large prize fund! 

This event is prominent in British culture, and the race is popular amongst many people who do not normally watch or bet on horse racing at other times of the year.

The course over which the race is run features much larger fences than those found on conventional National Hunt tracks. Many of these fences, particularly Becher's Brook, The Chair and the Canal Turn, have become famous in their own right and, combined with the distance of the event, create what has been called "the ultimate test of horse and rider". More about the Grand National here

For those who may take time to watch it on TV and perhaps have family/friends round for the occasion this recipe could be just what you need to make your Saturday gathering complete ...

It's an easy pork and chickpea stew which only takes 30 minutes, and is full of hearty flavour, with everything all in one pot!

Please see the tip at the bottom of the recipe for how to make a veggie version, if you would prefer this.

Each serving provides:
22g protein, 18.5g carbohydrates, 12g fat, 6.5g fibre and 1.3g salt.

Serves Four
2 tbsp oil, ideally olive oil
250g/9oz pork fillet (tenderloin), trimmed and cut into small cubes
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 red pepper, sliced
1 medium courgette/zucchini (roughly 185g/6½oz), ends trimmed, halved lengthways and sliced into semi circles
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
½–1 tsp smoked paprika, hot or sweet
400g/14oz tin chickpeas, drained
400g/14oz tin chopped tomatoes
1 chicken or pork stock cube
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large non-stick frying pan or wide-based casserole.
2. Season the pork with salt and pepper and fry over a medium heat for 2 minutes until lightly browned. Remove from the pan and set aside on a plate.
3. Add the remaining oil, the onion, pepper and courgette/zucchini to the pan. Cook for 5 minutes, or until softened and lightly browned, stirring regularly.
4. Add the garlic, paprika, chickpeas and tinned tomatoes. Half-fill the empty tomato tin with water and add to the pan (roughly 200ml/7fl oz water). Crumble in the stock cube and add the cooked pork. Bring to a gentle simmer for 10 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened and the pork is tender, stirring regularly.
5. Serve and enjoy.

Recipe Tips
For a vegetarian or vegan version of this stew, cook a large cubed aubergine/eggplant instead of the pork in the first step, adding an extra tablespoon of oil once it begins to fry.
Substitute chicken/pork stock cube for veggie one.
See original recipe idea and video guide here

~ Wishing all readers a happy weekend ~

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


Anonymous said...

It is a popular event and was missed in the Covid years.
That recipe looks tasty.


DUTA said...

The stew looks great, all in one pot! Perfect meal indeed for The Grand National!

William Kendall said...

That sounds filling.

J.P. Alexander said...

Gracias por la receta se ve rica. Les deseo un buen fin de semana.

Tom said...

...I would enjoy this, but I'll pass on the horse racing.

Elephant's Child said...

One pot meals are so often very, very rewarding - and make great left overs too.

Christine said...

Thanks for telling us about this race. The stew looks good.

Lee said...

I hope you enjoy your weekend up your way! :)

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

Sounds like a great afternoon watching the race with delicious food! I love garbanzo beans. x K

David M. Gascoigne, said...

I once saw a video of the Grand National. It looked almost suicidal to me and not kind to the horses.

eileeninmd said...

The stew looks delicious!
Have a great weekend.

Anne C said...

The stew looks really good. I don't care for chickpeas, but I suppose I could substitute a different legume.

Everything I know about the British steeplechase world I learned from watching Dick Francis novels.

Giorgio said...

I love that soups with onion, red pepper, garlic and chickpeas!
Enjoy the race and have a nice weekend :-)

Creations By Cindy said...

That stew looks yummy! Happy weekend to you. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Divers and Sundry said...

I wonder if that's an event I can find on our tv here...

The stew looks tasty.

CJ Kennedy said...

I'll have to see if I can find National Velvet starring Baby Elizabeth Taylor and Mickey Rooney. The stew looks good.

Mary Kirkland said...

That sounds good.

happyone said...

Looks delicious and good for any day!!

Jeanie said...

I suspect this is kind of like our Kentucky Derby. Those horses are so magnificent. I think you're due for a wonderful and delicious viewing!

Sandra Cox said...

What fun.

Mor Düşler Kitaplığı said...

Looks delicious. Thanks for your recipe. Have a good weekend :)

Lisabella Russo said...

Thank you for the veggie version of the stew! It looks delicious!

NanaDiana said...

That looks fantastic! My hubby has started making soups/stews so I am passing this along to him. Have a blessed weekend- Diana

Conniecrafter said...

sounds like it is an interesting race.
Hope you are enjoying a nice weekend, we just went through some big storms but did ok, just rain, thunder and lightening now.

Lorrie said...

This looks like a delicious stew for a chilly day.

Teresa said...

Se ve un buen guiso. Besos.