Kitchen Stories – The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.

by Cashmere Wrap & Macadamia Nuts

If all he wants for Valentines Day is a good homemade dinner (and if you still love him for wanting that), roll up your sleeves and put on your favorite apron, as there is work to be done. If you want him blissfully happy and fully aware of a jewel you are, serve this simple, yet exquisite Beef and Mushroom Stew on your Valentines Day dinner.



  • 1 kg. beef (with no bones)
  • 200 g. mushrooms
  • 1 big onion (or two smaller)
  • 3 big carrots (or 5 smaller)
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 20 g. dry forest mushrooms
  • herbs (thyme, dry bay leaves, allspice)
  • bottle of dry red wine
  • 10 ml. cognac
  • 1 ss. of olive oil
  • 1 ts. of sugar
  • salt and pepper
  1. Chop beef into even cubes (around 4 x 4 cm). Peel onion and carrots. Chop peeled vegetables.
  2. Heat olive oil in a big casserole. Fry chopped onion and carrots for a while (till they begin to get brown). Remove vegetables from the casserole and replace them with meat – fry till it starts to get brown. Add vegetables and fry them together with meat for a minute or two.
  3. Add garlic cloves, herbs and dry forest mushrooms (rinse them before you put them into the casserole). Add wine, cognac, sugar, salt and pepper. Heat till boiling.
  4. Cover casserole and let stew simmer for approximately 3 hours, stir often.
  5. Add chopped mushrooms 10 minutes before the end of a cooking time. Finish cooking without covering casserole.
  6. Serve the Beef Stew with potato puree or potato souffle.

Bon appetit!

PS. Dear Gentlemen, Oscar Wilde did much more than paint the “Picture of Dorian Gray”. He also left you a brilliant and somehow still up to date piece of advice: “(…) one should never give a woman anything she can’t wear in the evening”. Need I say more?

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