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Tomato Stew with Summer Vegetables

Posted on November 4, 2014 by in lamb, vegetables

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Tomato stew in summer? Stews are for winter when it is cold and miserable outside and you want something to enjoy in front of a warm fire place!

Tomato Stew is  my all time favorite stew! I love stews, curry, bean stew, lamb stew and the South African Classic Waterblommetjie Stew! I am somewhat ashamed to tell this story, but it does illustrate my love for tomato stew, so hear me out without being too judgmental!

I’ve had a struggle with my weight as long as I can remember! I was the fat kid at school! It bothered me then, but now, it bothers me only when I have to shop for clothing. There is ONE thing I love more than being thin and that is EATING, so it is a little problem!

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I think my first ever diet I went on was the Mayo Clinic and that was short lived because haddock and poached eggs with NO hollandaise just did not work for me. So I decided one fatal Sunday night that I was going to try yet another quick fix diet, but I told my mom, I wanted to start on the Tuesday and not the Monday, because just for “old time sake”, she had to make tomato stew for me on the Monday. Pretty much like the “last supper”, as if I was never going to see or eat tomato stew ever again! Anyway, mom agreed! My last words as I left for school on the Monday was: Mom, please, I don’t want a little, make a lot!” I missed the twinkle in my mom’s eye, for she was about to teach me a very valuable life lesson!

Well, I tell you, the last period of the school day was the longest ever and I had visions of the glorious tomato stew awaiting me at home! When I got home, our nanny, Griet just said! “Ek dink jy moet gaan uittrek vir daai lelike bord kos” ( I think you should change clothing for that ugly plate of food) When I fetched my plate of stew from the oven, it was an entire platter filled with tomato stew with chunks of lamb neck! A feast for a family, except it was ALL MINE!  I polished almost the entire lot and left one piece of meat for supper……. and the meat never made it to supper, I think I ate it at 3!

Did mom’s plan work….. No, no, no! I still love tomato stew, I still have weight issues, but I am happy! Especially if there is a plate of tomato stew in front of me!

I did tweak Griet’s tomato stew a little in that I left the potatoes and added some summer vegetables! I hope you like it!

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Tomato Stew with Summer Vegetables

serves 4 – 6


1 kg lamb neck or  knuckles

1 large onion chopped

30 ml Olyfberg Olive Oil

15 ml dry coriander

15 ml fennel seeds

4 cloves

4 bay leaves

zest of 1 lemon

2 stock pots

500 ml water

2 cans chopped tomatoes

80 g tomato paste

fresh thyme

salt and pepper

15 ml sugar

400 g fresh baby green beans or asparagus

285 g Woolworths Marinated Artichokes – drained

chopped herbs for serving


Preheat oven to 180 C. Heat the oil in a big pot ( prefer to use the oven as it gives me time to do something else.) Brown the meat and onion until the meat has a light golden crust. Add the spices,stock, salt, pepper, water and lemon zest. Bring to the boil and put the lid back on! Place the pot in the oven for 2 hours or until the meat is tender. Remove pot from the oven and place back on the stove top. Cook with the lid off so that most of the liquid can evaporate. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar and thyme and cook for about 5 minutes. place all the vegetables on top and put the lid back on. It literally takes 3 – 5 minutes to steam-cook the vegetables. Give the stew a gentle stir and serve immediately.

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10 Responses to “Tomato Stew with Summer Vegetables”

  1. Lizet Hartley 4 November 2014 at 10:09 am #

    En nou reën dit in die Kaap vandag, perfek vir ‘n groot bord trooskos. My mond water Nina! En so ‘n fraaie kiekie.:)

  2. 7 November 2014 at 6:56 pm #

    My friend in South Africa was overweight ,i searched the web and found this recipe.I referred to him immediately to this blog.Things are now well.

  3. Zirkie 4 February 2015 at 1:58 pm #

    I also looooove tomato stew! This looks delicious, Nina!

  4. best blade 9 July 2015 at 11:42 am #

    Tomato stew is perfect ANYTIME! Yesterday I had tomato stew with eggplant and rice – quite suitable for summer season – and it was absolutely perfect!

  5. Reduceri haine 21 July 2015 at 1:58 pm #

    It looks amazing!

    • nerinatimm 22 July 2015 at 2:27 pm #

      Thank you so much for popping in!

  6. Ann 12 October 2015 at 6:56 pm #

    Hello Nina,
    My favourite is also tomato stew.

  7. Charles 25 January 2016 at 8:18 am #

    Very informative. Thanks.

  8. Helena Visser 29 April 2016 at 4:41 pm #

    Hi Nina, ek is mal oor jou resepte. Maar hoeveel is ‘n “stock pot” in hierdie resep?

    • nerinatimm 5 May 2016 at 1:13 pm #

      Knorr het sulke oulike klein Stock pots!

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