In Zimbabwe, the typical Christmas celebrations involve the whole family from the children to the aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents… the whole clan.
This is perhaps the tradition in most parts of the world as well. We all know that no celebration is complete without food! In Zimbabwe, during the Christmas festivities, a whole array of different kinds of delicacies is prepared. But what you will not find missing at any celebration is chicken and beef!
Zimbabweans have been keeping cattle since time immemorial. One beast, as they are sometimes coined, can be slaughtered at special occasions for people to partake and be merry. Christmas is one such occasion. Almost every part of the beast is cooked, including the offal which are a special delicacy in the Zimbabwean cuisine as well as the ox tail. Very little is thrown away!
Here is a simple beef stew recipe with some carrots and green beans. Zimbabwean cuisine is all about simplicity and using natural organic ingredients.
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- 2 lb beef
- 4 cloves garlic , finely chopped
- 1 onion , finely chopped
- 2 tomatoes , chopped
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon curry powder
- 2 carrots , diced
- 1 cup fresh green beans , cut in 1-inch sections
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch (optional)
- Oil (for frying)
Cut beef into medium sized chunks. Heat oil in pot. Add beef, garlic and salt. Fry until the meat is a lovely brown color.
Add enough water to just cover the meat and reduce heat. Allow to simmer gently and slowly unovered until meat is tender.
When the water is entirely reduced, add the onions and curry powder. Fry for 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes or until the tomatoes are tender and cooked through.
Add a little bit of water, the carrots and green beans and simmer for another 5 minutes, stirring regularly.