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Recipe for family meals :

Ground Beef One Pot Dish
 

This is one of the recipes from Mrs Susie. If you want to find out more about her have a look at her biography page which she has written. Mrs Susie specialises in Oriental cooking. An important first step in Oriental cooking (which I think is important) is at the end of each recipe.

"Here is one of our favorite family dinners. Kids really enjoy this one".

Ingredients

2 pieces bacon, cut in half
1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 pound carrots peeled, and cut into slices
3 - 4 potatoes, cut in cubes
1 cup water
salt and pepper
1 tbs. parsley, chopped
ketchup for serving with

Method
  • Place bacon to cover bottom of heavy Dutch oven.
  • Place ground beef in pot and push down so it is flat, season with salt and pepper.
  • Sprinkle onions in pot.
  • Add carrots in a layer. salt and pepper.
  • Add potatoes in a layer and salt and pepper.
  • Heat pan and brown bacon for approx. 4 minutes.
  • Add water and parsley, cover and simmer for 1/2 hour to 45 minutes. Check to make sure beef in cooked through.
  • Serve with plenty of ketchup on the side.

Serves 4

This was one of our favorite recipes when growing up. There were never leftovers when we had this dish. Enjoy!
Mrs Susie

"I have studied oriental cooking quite a bit and the one thing that makes it different from other styles of cooking is: it is 90% preparation and 10% cooking. It is very important to have everything in the recipe already prepared for cooking before you start cooking.

I take a plate and cut up my ingredients as called for in the recipe and place them on different parts of the plate. Only then do I think about cooking. I will put my oil in the pan and, as the things are called for in the recipe, I will sweep them into whatever pan I am cooking with, cook for as long as called for, then add the next ingredient.

Oriental cooking happens so fast. To stop and cut up the garlic (for example) if I had the ginger cooking in the pan would result in burnt ginger before the garlic is finished.

When I am cooking a ten or fifteen course dinner you should see my kitchen. I have plates all over and all my sauces mixed in bowls and everything is ready to cook before I start cooking. This is the right way to do it and necessary to have a well-timed dinner.

Another thing, get yourself a good cleaver that will not rust. You will be surprised how much you will use this for all your cooking, not just oriental cooking. Do yourself a favor and get a good one. I think I paid $20 for mine but again that was 20 years ago".

 
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