All stews all the time…

Growing up, in addition to boop, we had lots of stews. Boop is, in fact, a stew. Come to think of it, most of what we ate was in stew form.

I looked this up because I was curious about this. Why all the stews? Well, it turns out that the:

principal food on the Macedonian menu is stew, a mixture of meat and vegetables cooked by simmering. Stews are prepared spicy, combined with roux (a thickening agent), and always eaten with bread. Other main staples are feta cheese; roasted banana peppers; and zelnik, a flat pastry with cheese, leek, or spinach filling.

So there it is. Throw in some salad, fresh fruit and fish dishes and that was pretty much it.

I found a recipe online that is very close to what I recall we ate.

Macedonian Stew

  • 3 onions, chopped
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 5 potatoes, chopped
  • cup tomato puree
  • 500g chuck steak (we used many different meats)
  • 1 tbs sweet paprika
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper


  • Place onions and olive oil in the pan and fry until brown.
  • Add the meat and the sweet paprika, mix well, if required add more tomato puree.
  • Add all other ingredients and cook on a low heat for 3 hours. Serve with bread. (Of course! You have to “makie” (sop up) the liquid.
  • Sounds boring maybe but I am seriously thinking about making some stew. In fact, if I get a crock pot, I could make stews all the time.

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