Autumn stew, anoraks + leaves

Autumn is such a beautiful time of the year and collecting autumn leaves is one of my favourite things to do as a family. We used to do it when I was a child growing up in Norway and we would use them as a decoration for an autumn feast table. This was paying tribute to the season, and we would cook up a traditional stew called ‘lapskaus’ where we used seasonal vegetables.

 This  recipe is the ultimate autumn warmer to warm your body and soul. It is a traditional farmers dish in Norway and adding beef to it was a luxury for most folk up until the 1960’s.                       

I thought I would share with you my ‘Mamma’s Lapskaus’. Maybe as you pop your pot on the table, yours too can have autumn leave spread. This is a simple dish, but super tasty, and in my house it is loved by big and small folk.

‘Mamma's Lapskaus’- Autumn Stew

800 g beef
1 l of broth
800 g potato in cubes
3 carrots
150 g turnip
150 g parsley root

Cut up the beef in cubes and fry it in butter, then add the stock and bring to boil. Then turn off the heat leave it with a lid to soften for up to 2h.

Peel and cut all the vegetables in cubes. Poor out 1/3 of the stock and add vegetables to the beef and remaining stock, then bring it to boil and leave to simmer until the vegetables are soft. Try not to stir too much so it turns into mash. Add a bit of water if it is dry.

Then seasoned with salt and pepper, then sprinkle fresh parsley on top. Traditionally this is served with thin flatbread.

God midday//: good dinner!

Once you have eaten your Lapskaus, you will be nice and full so you can grab your anorak and go explore those the outdoors and collect autumn leaves for hours.

Silje x

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