November 30, 2012
Author: Ahuva Traube
My grandmother ob’m was a chalutzah, a pioneer in the land of Israel – a role she was exceedingly proud of. She left her home in Poland before WWII and went to Israel – or Palestine as it was then known. (Going to Israel saved her life, as the rest of her family – save for one brother – was killed during the war).During the years she was there she taught at Cypress, and she worked on a kibbutz. One of her jobs she had on the kibbutz was kitchen duty. She was taught a very basic lesson – one which she passed on to my mom, and my mom taught me. Here goes: Any time you brown meat with onions and garlic, it’s going to taste good. That’s it. Brown the meat first with onions and garlic. Everything else afterwards is just – pardon the expression – gravy.
1 can be done with beef stew, pot roast, etc.
2 Medium Onions
Chop the onions – to taste! Smash or mince the garlic. Heat up the pan, and add a little oil. When the oil is hot, toss in the onions and garlic and allow to sweat a little. Season the meat with salt and pepper, and then add to the pot. Brown well on both sides, and then continue as you like. Turn it into a stew, a pot roast – whatever you like. Just brown the meat, garlic, and onions first – can’t go wrong!