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Tuesday, September 21, 2010


Sometimes we all want to hide.
Go back to a place where bad things don't happen.  Where a lion costume and a sparkly bolero is a fabulous choice.  Where your Dad is sitting on the couch, and your Mum has a casserole in the oven.
  I have a friend in mourning.  I know, once we've left the 'Neverland' of our chidhoods, we can't return.
It is tiny, and it doesn't make anything better, but here's a casserole for you, my friend.
Mum's Casserole
  •  Roughly chop 1 carrot, 1 stick celery, 2 potatoes, 1 onion, 2 or 3 cloves of garlic, and put everything in a casserole dish with a lid.
  • Cube some beef (however much you can afford), and roll around in a freezerbag with some flour (2 tbs roughly) and salt and pepper, and add to the casserole dish.
  • Add one can of chopped tomatoes, and whatever other flavourings you like (ie. bbq sauce, worcestershire sauce, red wine)
  • Add enough water to just cover.
  • Cook in moderate oven for a minimum of two hours, stirring when you remember.


  1. Making a casserole for your friend is such a lovely gesture - so very caring - and that's what she needs as she mourns - lots and lots of care.
    You're a good friend.

  2. Sorry that your friend is mourning. Mourning is tough. Casseroles are always good in those times.

    My mother just gave me her old casserole dish the other day (not sure how I managed so long without one.....) and this dish may just have to christen it. Thanks for sharing!

    P.S. Nice to have you back again. Not that there is any pressure, you can go away and come back as often as you like, but you have been missed.

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  4. Though casseroles don't make anything better, it's all about the gesture. Your friend knows what you are saying by giving them this pot of yummy. Thanks for sharing.


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