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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.


O'donoghue's Beef Stew


1 1/2 lb round steak -- or stew
1 steak
3 medium carrots
3 medium parsnips
1/2 cup barley, pearled
8 potatoes
1 stock or soup mixture (beef
1 or oxtail)
1 salt
1 pepper
1 mixed herbs

Boil some water in a large saucepan, sufficient to cover the meat and have approx 1" left above. Put in the chopped (large chunks) meat, lower heat to keep the stew simmering, put in the chopped/diced carrots and parsnips, add herbs, salt and pepper to taste, leave simmer for a while (say 20 mins). Add the peeled whole potatoes and some stock/soup mixture or cornflour to thicken, keep the mixture simmering and stir occasionally, after about 1hr from start-time taste and check the potatoes. If it tastes ok then its done. Remember the best stews are left on for a long time 1 1/2 hrs or more. Contributed by: Desmond P. O'Donoghue ( Recipe By : "Aine.McManus" , Gaelic List