Victoria Abbott, Cleo Coyle and I have books coming out tomorrow! That's always an exciting day for writers. It's an odd mixture of apprehension and pride, kind of like sending children to their first day of school. You hope they do well, you hope they have everything they need, but they're in someone else's hands now, and you can't really control what will happen next.
So today I'm posting a recipe from MURDER, SHE BARKED. Holly Miller's grandmother, whom she calls Oma, German for grandma, runs the family inn. Oma is American now, but she stills speaks with an accent and imparts her European tastes on the Sugar Maple Inn. They serve breakfast, lunch, and afternoon tea at the inn, as well as light dishes by room service. Holly used to visit her grandmother during summer vacations as a child, and one of her favorite meals was Oma's goulash.
Goulash is somewhat similar to stew. It originated in Hungary and always contains paprika. Like a lot of old recipes, the other contents vary depending on what was available in the region where it was being cooked. It can be made with pork or beef, or both. Some people add bell peppers or wine, but the goulash I grew up on was pretty basic.
This should be served over potatoes, but egg noodles can also sop up the delicious sauce.
Oma's Hungarian Goulash
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 pounds cubed stew beef or pork (do not use lean meat like a tenderloin)
2 cups chopped onions
2 teaspoons marjoram
2 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon sweet paprika
1 cup water or stock
4 carrots, peeled and sliced
4 medium potatoes, cubed (optional)
Heat the oil in a deep pot. Brown the meat and remove. Saute the onions in the same pot, Add the marjoram, garlic, paprika, water, carrots, and meat. Cover and simmer 1 1/2 hours over low heat until the meat is tender.
If you wish to add potatoes, you may cook them in the goulash for the last 1/2 hour. Or, so they won't soak up too much of the sauce, you can cook them in another pot and add them to the goulash for the last five minutes.
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