Friday, March 18, 2022

Words & Brush Weekender: Easy listening music and chat, Friday 18th March 2022, Music & Dance Party!

Easy listening music and chat, Friday 18th March 2022, Music & Dance Party!

Enjoy some good music here on Words & Brush, its your free choice so please post any music & dance music you like!

Hallelujah - Cover by Lucy Thomas


"Winter" Antonio Vivaldi - Asturia quartet

Tonight at the London Palladium, 42nd Street

Engelbert Humperdinck - Quando, quando, quando


Abba - Dancing Queen

Bee Gees - Night Fever (John Travolta)

John Travolta And Olivia Newton John - You're The One That I Want

Cotton Eye Joe

Andrรฉ Rieu - Emperor Waltz (Kaiser-Walzer)

Tom Jones "It's Not Unusual" 

Zorba The Greek Dance - The Greek Orchestra Emmetron

Astrud Gilberto and Stan Getz - The Girl From Ipanema


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Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Words & Brush Recipe Corner: Beef stew with potatoes and cinnamon


Pascale’s Kitchen: Beef stew with potatoes and cinnamon

 FEBRUARY 24, 2022

When it’s cold outside, there’s nothing better than coming home to a warm pot of stew whose aroma has spread throughout the house. 

I love preparing stews for a number of reasons. Firstly, they are easy to make and don’t require many steps or complicated techniques. Secondly, to make a stew, you just add all the ingredients to one big pot, combining your protein together with grains, legumes and vegetables. And lastly, I love that you can swap out meat for chicken, use any type of grain or beans, and add whichever vegetables you happen to have on hand. 

The main rule of thumb to follow when making a stew is that it needs to be cooked over a low flame for a few hours. This is the only way you’ll get the deep flavor and soft texture of a good stew. In general, stews should cook for at least an hour and a half. If you have the time, two-and-a-half hours is even better. 

Beet stew with potatoes and cinnamon (credit: PASCALE PEREZ-RUBIN) 

Beef stew with potatoes and cinnamon (credit: PASCALE PEREZ-RUBIN)


Makes 6-8 servings. 

  • 4 Tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 600 gr. beef shoulder, cut into medium-sized cubes
  • 2 carrots or pumpkin, cut into small pieces
  • 1 large tomato, cut into pieces
  • 5-6 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 Tbsp. sweet paprika
  • ½ tsp. spicy paprika
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 Tbsp. chicken soup powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup dry chickpeas, soaked in water overnight and then drained
  • 6 medium (or 8 small) potatoes, cut into pieces
  • Parsley, for decoration

Heat the oil in a large pan and sautรฉ onion until it turns translucent. Add the meat and sautรฉ, stirring continuously until it turns gray. 

Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic, cinnamon, spices and water. Mix well, cover and cook for another 25 minutes. 

Add the chickpeas and cook for another 30 minutes. Add the potatoes and carrots or pumpkin, and cook over a low flame for 30 minutes until the meat and vegetables have softened and the sauce has thickened. 

Taste and adjust seasoning. 

Decorate with parsley and serve hot. 

Level of difficulty: Medium. Time: 90 minutes. Status: Meat. 


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Monday, March 14, 2022

St. Patrick's Week Open thread


Try an Irish Coffee to celebrate as we come upon St. Patrick's Day!  Many are Irish or pretend they are like me.  My kids and husband have Irish/ Welsh decent.  We definitely roast corned beef for the occasion and wear green too. 

Seems like the Irish seem to have some spunk and magic. 
We are all uniquely made and it's a magical thing!

Spring is near as more clover covers the yards, forest floors and meadows.  Remember how much fun it is to find them?  How many in an hour or did you enjoy the search?

Maybe under the rainbow maybe you'll find something besides a pot O'gold!

As there is always a creative splurdge from the Irish.  Enya, U2 and authors such as 

William Butler Yeats, Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, Joseph O'Conner to painters and the richness in history kept to heart as the romance and the mythologies that are sung or spoken of.   I have a special place for the Irish, just maybe we all have a wee bit of Irish

Off the beaten path and try a Shephard's Pie.

Some music to set the theme as the new week starts.

Have a great week and may there be rainbows after the rains and the grass and fields grow full and green.