In case no one’s heard yet, there’s a bit of weather coming our way. A little thing everyone’s calling “Frankenstorm.” The predictions are that, a) it will all pass us by and we’ll hardly notice a thing, or b) it will strike like the hammer of Thor and plummet the entire state into a week without power.
The number one worry on my mind? Not fallen branches, or flooding, or any of the things most people would worry about: I worry about my freezer. I have a ton of food in my chest freezer, and I would just cry if I lost it all. So, thinking ahead, I decided I should use up some of my frozen meat yesterday, just in case the “hammer of Thor” option is the one that’s coming.
I had some stew meat in the freezer, so I immediately thought about my mother’s Hungarian Goulash. Only that’s served over noodles, and I can’t have noodles. I could do brown rice, maybe, but I wasn’t in the mood. I did have some gorgeous red new potatoes from our CSA share, though, so decided to incorporate them. And add some red wine. And other things. So, the end result was something between Hungarian Goulash, and my Irish Beef Stew. If those two got together and had a baby, this is what it would be. It’s richly flavorful with tastes of paprika and red wine and meat that simply falls apart.