Food as Weaponry, Part 1: A Savory Beef Stew Saves the Day!
"Is that a broadsword on your belt, or are you just glad to see me?"
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Okay! I was challenged to come up with a recipe that relates to one of my novels. So natch, it has to be Rowena. The first book. The one that put me on the bestseller list between Tom Clancy and Nora Roberts.
In my comic time travel novel, Rowena
Through the Wall, the heroine gets kidnapped ‘not once, but twice,
dammit’. And as the promo blurb says, The
stakes get higher as the men get hotter!
So it’s no surprise that Rowena starts to
fight back, and the real fun battle in this book is with food:
noticed Kendra reach casually for the cauldron on the stove.
“Bollocks!" Warm meat stew hit Ivan square in the chest
and face, and me behind him. “What the
devil was that?”
We went down in a slithery tangle of
arms and legs, meat chunks and cooked carrots.
I gasped for breath and tried to get up on my knees, but the stew was
everywhere, and I fell on my face.
The beef stew in question is a lovely
French variety, with mushrooms, rosemary and Burgundy wine. Shame to waste it on a food fight, but it did
So for your next food fight, I recommend:
Magical Beef Stew
1 ½ -2 lbs sirloin (or stewing beef, if you
want to cook it longer)
1/3 cup all purpose flour
¼ cup olive oil
1 sweet onion, chopped
20 oz beef stock
1½ cups red wine
3 T tomato paste
1 T Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp sugar
½ tsp dried rosemary
½ tsp ground marjoram
2 tsp salt (reduce or eliminate if stock
1 cup cooked sliced baby carrots
2 cups cooked sliced baby potatoes
½ lb mushrooms, sliced
Dredge meat with flour. In a large heavy saucepan over medium-high
heat, heat oil; add meat and cook until browned all over. Stir in onions; cook until onions are
tender. Add all ingredients ending at
Cook, uncovered, stirring often, until
sauce is smooth and thickened. Cover and
reduce heat, and simmer until meat is tender (1/2 hour for sirloin, more for
stewing beef). Add carrots and potatoes. Sauté mushrooms in a small amount of
butter. Add to pot. Heat thoroughly and serve with fresh bread
and the rest of the bottle of wine (if you haven’t slurped it all down by now).
Use generously in food fights.
Melodie Campbell got her start writing
comedy, so it’s no surprise that editors have called her writing ‘wacky’ and
‘laugh out loud funny’. She has over 200
publications, and has won 10 awards. Melodie was invited into the Toronto Press Club in 1994. There is no truth to the rumor that she once
did a somersault off the Press Club billiard table.
Melodie Campbell’s comic novel Rowena
Through the Wall (Imajin Books) is available at Amazon