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DIY Recipe: Beef Goulash

If there is one thing I’ve picked up in the 2 years living overseas and being a housewife (to myself: urgh so unglam but it’s the real world babe. It’s the only option in all occupation column describing you babe), it is cooking.

Forced by circumstances with a young toddler in tow in a country of countless food scares and/or super oily and salty outside food , and armed with the housewifey time now that I’m no longer a full-time research analyst, I have transformed into a chefy!  My hubby said “I love you in spite that you can only cook maggi mee” when we got married. So I have come a long way!

Tried beef goulash last week. It worked, hohoho! Ingredients are simple, not too many steps, just need more time to stew. Quite yummy also :p

Goulash (Mummy, your food photography is.... bleah leh. Lucky the actual food is more delectable than your photo)

Here’s how!

Note: The amounts used are estimated, adjust according to your preference. Serves 2 adults + 1 hungry toddler

From the fridge:

  • 2-3 very large tomatoes
  • beef, cut into 1-inch cubes ( I coat them with some cornflour to make the meat more tender)
  • 1-2 stalks celery, cubed (You can also add carrots, potatoes etc to up the nutrition and vege quotient)
  • 4-5 garlic, chopped (minced it really fine if you don’t wanna bite into it)
  • Some butter/ canola oil
  • Salt, pepper. Feel free to add other herbs/ seasoning
Turn on your stove:
  1. Soup base: Boil the tomatoes in a pot of water, till skin breaks. Remove from pot, and peel off skin when slightly cooled. Chopped the tomato into small pieces if you prefer chunkier soup, or smaller bits if you prefer a smoother texture.
  2.  Bring tomato mash to boil over medium heat. Add butter/ oil, salt and pepper to flavour. Let it boil till resemble stew.
  3. The munchies: In the meantime, heat some oil in a pan and brown the beef cubes on all sides. Add garlic and stir fry for a while. Add celery and stir fry till fragrant. Drain away excess oil.
  4. Add stir-fried stuff to the tomato soup. You can add water if you prefer goulash to have more soup. Continue to stew over medium/ low heat for about 45 minutes or until beef is tender.
  5. Serve it up! Croutons add an additional crunch!
Let me know how this works for you!