Day 32 – It has now been more than a month we have been doing shelter-in-place. School just started back up for my son. They haven’t officially been meeting for over a month and he will be taking his Advanced Placement (AP) tests in May. EEK! He has 3 to take this year. He should do really well in at least two of them. The third? Well, we shall see. Having this month to fret with no real direction has been difficult on him. My daughter will end her college classes in two weeks. She is just trying to finish out the semester and get through. She is transferring in the fall to a 4 year school so she will be done with all her General Education credits and can start on her in-depth Psychology classes which she is super excited about.
I have to admit when we started all this I thought maybe we would have 2-3 weeks together and then life would just go back to the way it was. The kids would run off to school. I would be running around volunteering, doing taxes, and trying to keep my family moving. I never thought that almost 5 weeks later we would still be at home with possibly another 3-4 weeks still to go!
But, all this being together has allowed us to explore new things together. This Jamaican Beef Stew is a take on an older recipe that has been around forever. I tend to change things and leave things out (as many of you know) depending on what we like and what we have on hand. This is a great recipe to get your family to try new flavors. It is not overwhelming in any one thing but blends well together.
This was so good! The cheaper beef cuts work well in this dish with the vinegar and longer cooking times it allows the beef to tenderize nicely. The cinnamon and all-spice will make your house smell amazing as it is cooking. This looks like a crazy list of ingredients but mostly it is spices and sauces you probably have on hand. Once the dish is made it cooks for 1 1/2 to 2 hours low and slow to tenderize the meat and let the flavors blend. YUM!
If you like heat substitute Habanero peppers for the Pablano peppers.
Jamaican Beef Stew