Matoke with beef

I like plain boiled matoke. It goes with anything anytime. Next to an omelet for breakfast, with afternoon tea, as a side with lunch, as the main starch with dinner,… anything, anytime (^_^)

served
served

This beef, it started out as beef onion, my version of it anyway. I haven’t look up any recipes but from the name I gather it’s beef cooked in lots of onions so I decided to have a go at it. Took a slight detour at the end though — old habits!

many many onions!
many many onions!

I had not cut this many onions at a go since the baby was born. And the few I had cut made me tear up like crazy — which was beginning to get annoying. I can’t remember the last time cutting an onion stung as much as it has since I started cooking again. This was going to take care of that! I was getting back in line, this tearing up business was getting dealt with.   

ouch!
ouch!

That’s as many as I as able to cut before I couldn’t take it anymore. I didn’t just stop cutting, I walked out of the kitchen looking for onion-free air!

in the pot!
in the pot!

I pulled myself together, came back and finished. I’m happy to report that the problem has been dealt with (^_^) On with the recipe…

Put the sliced onions and garlic into a pot  with a couple of bay leaves, some cloves and cooking oil. Once they soften a little in the heat add a bit of water and the beef

on medium heat
on medium heat

Stir, cover and let the meat cook slowly on medium to low heat. In the mean time, peel the matoke and boil with a bit of salt.

peeled, ready to cook
peeled, ready to cook
cooked, ready to serve.
cooked, ready to serve.

Once the meat was cooked, I added some salt to taste,… and then I messed up!

I threw in grated carrots (-_-)
I threw in grated carrots (-_-)

I went to get something out of the fridge and noticed I had some unused grated carrots. They were not part of the original plan for this beef, but they had been in the fridge for a couple of days already. So without thinking much about it I just grabbed them and added them to the beef (-_-) Then I remembered the beef onion plan! Sigh! I thought about picking most of them out before stirring but it would have just been a big mess, so I stirred them in. Oh well!

yummy!
yummy!

And there you have it, matoke and beef, served with avocado on the side.

This isn’t one of the old ones but I didn’t get  a rating for it for some reason, and he doesn’t remember what it tasted like.

 

About aika

Making, eating and sharing good food are a splendid way to start, brake and end a day! I post good eats on www.pendolamama.co.ke. Life is a feast, eat up!

10 thoughts on “Matoke with beef

  1. Looks delicious, I had never thought of making matoke like this till I visited my mum recently and she’d made them for dinner, very delicious with beef stew. Again, welcome back to blogging. Also what pans do you use? Pardini?

    1. Hey Girl! Thanks again! (^_^)
      The stainless steel pans I have are Tescoma, Nakumatt carries the brand.
      They were wedding gifts! Such great gifts I tell you! God Bless the givers!
      Just looked up the Pardini ones, they look nice! where can I find them?

    1. Hey Janet! Welcome back! (^_^)
      I’m so glad they loved it, thanks for taking the time to come back to say so.
      And the broccoli switch is a great idea!

  2. yummy…………. looks appealing . I saw this competition that I think you would be just the right person for! It is about creating the national dish of your country. What would you say that is for Kenya?? Would be awesome if you could be the representative for our country 🙂 Here’s more info about it: http://www.slideshare.net/IngredientMatcher/competition-from-ingredient-matcher-cook-your-national-dish-25773568
    And here’s their facebook page:
    https://www.facebook.com/IngredientMatcher

    1. Hey John!
      Thank you so much for this link! I have sent them an email (^_^)
      I hope to get a favourable response from them!

      Kenya’s national dish, hmmmm, ugali is there for sure! I love ugali!
      With Sukuma, or with mbuzi choma and kachumbari (^_^)

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