So I know it’s super common for people to be very excited about Christmas. And I am. But I admit a lot of the Christmas luster has faded for me. But then I look at people like Mr. Vietalian and his family that get so excited and I’m so amazed by their enthusiasm. I’m pretty envious of it, in fact.
Today we had a very laid back dinner. Mom, dad, Grandma, aunty, and me. Mom and I made stew today. She does that thing where she’s like “Oh you know eyeball the way the stew looks and you’ll know it’s ready” but…that’s not helpful. So I watched and kind of tried to keep track of everything she did.
I also prepped a Baked Apple French Toast that gets to sit overnight until it’s ready to be baked tomorrow morning. I will do a follow up post with pictures and how it turned out. It actually seems like a lot of sugar when I was preparing it. So I’ll see what needs to be altered because I might be doing this again for New Years. During New Years we usually order some specialized Japanese food, but we didn’t this year. So I might be making this again which could easily serve my family and hopefully it’ll taste as good as the reviews were.
- Chuck Beef (4-5 lbs) or stew beef.
- 2 medium onions, sliced
- 1 lb carrots
- 1-2 lb potatoes
- 2 (8 oz) tomato paste
- 2 Tbsp Hawaiian Salt (Kosher or sea salt)
- Cut chuck beef or stew meat into large-medium sized pieces (4-5 lbs)
- Put beef chunks in pot, cover until all beef is covered about an inch of water
- Bring to Boil add 2 tablespoons of Hawaiian salt
- Add onion slices, 2 cans of tomato paste
- Fill tomato paste cans with water and put into pot.
- Bring to a lesser boil, between simmer and boil for 3-4 hours. Stir occasionally.
- Add potatoes and carrots an hour before serving
- Serve with white rice.
Baked French Toast
- 6 apples, sliced (I did sliced and chunks but I think sliced works better)
- 1 lb french Bread
- 1.5 c. skim milk
- 1/3 c white sugar
- 6 eggs
- 1.5 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg (optional)
For Sauce-it kind of tastes like a caramel sauce
- 1/2 c white sugar
- 1/4 c all purpose flour
- 1/2 c butter, melted
- 1/2 c brown sugar
- 1/2 c skim milk
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- Cut bread into 1 1/2 inch thick slices and place in a lightly greased 9×13 inch baking pan. In a large bowl, beat eggs with 1 1/2 cup skim milk, 1/3 cup white sugar, and 1 tablespoon vanilla. Pour egg mixture over bread slices.
- Arrange apple slices on top of bread. Sprinkle cinnamon, nutmeg, and 2 tablespoons white sugar over apples. (I didn’t do the 2 tbsp of sugar. I think it has enough in the sauce and in the french toast itself.) Cover, and refrigerate overnight.
- In the morning: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Bake toast in preheated oven until golden brown, about 1 hour. Combine 1/2 cup white sugar, flour, and margarine. Stir in brown sugar, 1/2 cup skim milk, and 2 teaspoons vanilla in a small saucepan. Cook until thick. Serve French toast hot with warm sauce or with maple syrup.