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Quicker Baked Potato

Try this method for speeding up the potato baking process (for a better texture than those that you microwave). Pre-heat the oven to 400. Place the potato in boiling water for 10 minutes. Bake for 30 minutes. This will cut the cooking time in half.


Khalia - Georgian Spicy Beef Stew

ethnic, beef, maindish

1 1/2 lb beef chuck boneless cubed 1/2
3 tablespoon olive oil
3/4 cup beef stock
3 each onions chopped fine
2 teaspoon tamarind concentrate
2 1/2 tablespoon tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon paprika hungarian hot
1/4 teaspoon fenugreek ground
3/4 teaspoon coriander seeds crushed
1 teaspoon tarragon dried
1 salt to taste
1 1/2 teaspoon black pepper freshly ground
3 each garlic cloves minced fine
3 tablespoon cilantro leaves chopped
1/4 cup walnut pieces finely chopped
1 tablespoon sugar or honey

Heat the oil over med-high heat in a large cast iron skillet. Add the beef, onions, and garlic and cook while stirring for 12-15 minutes. Combine the hot beef stock, with the tomato paste & the tamarind concentrate in a bowl and alow to stand until all of the tamarinf concentrate is disolved, approx. 8-10 minutes. Add this mixture to the beef as well as all of the other ingredients, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 1 1/2 hours. Be sure to stir occassionaly. Add stock as needed if the liquid reduces too much. Add the sugar and walnuts and simmer for 15 more minutes.