Henry’s Beef Nang Bao Rou

Our friend Henry made dinner for us again! You recall he made that amazing Chicken Ballottine for us earlier this year. This time he made beef Nang Bao Rou, a Chinese dish from the Xinjiang province.
Beef Nang Bao Rou Henrys Beef Nang Bao RouIt’s a very healthy and hearty stew just right for this time of year. Traditionally it is served over flat bread like Naan or Ciabatta. Henry Beef Nang Bao Rou Henrys Beef Nang Bao Rou
Nang Bao Rou is not too difficult to make, most of the work is preparing the veggies.

Beef Doenjang Jjigae1 Henrys Beef Nang Bao RouHenry also used beef that was sliced very thin.

Beef Doenjang Jjigae3 Henrys Beef Nang Bao RouBacon and onions in the pan. Who doesn’t love that aroma?

Beef Doenjang Jjigae4 Henrys Beef Nang Bao RouHere’s Henry’s “secret” ingredient for added flavor, Korean Sunchang sauce paste. It’s made with red peppers and has a bit of heat.

Beef Doenjang Jjigae5 Henrys Beef Nang Bao RouAll the different veggies make the dish quite colorful.

Beef Doenjang Jjigae6 Henrys Beef Nang Bao RouAnd because the beef was sliced so thin, it cooks very quickly. Here’s Henry’s delicious recipe. Enjoy!

Henry’s Beef Nang Bao Rou
Recipe type: Stew – one pot meal
Cuisine: Chinese
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Serves: 6

  • 2 large turnips
  • 3 medium white onions
  • 3 large carrots
  • 2 stalks celery
  • ½ lb Brussels sprouts
  • Meat of choice cubed or sliced thin
  • Two strips bacon
  • Ginger
  • Sunchang Korean sauce
  • S&P to taste
  • Olive oil
  • 1 cup red or white wine
  • Chicken stock or water
  • Corn starch slurry
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • Flat bread; naan or ciabatta

  1. Cube the bacon and brown in large pan
  2. Add Sunchang and olive oil
  3. Add onions and meat and brown on medium heat
  4. Add and Sweat onions
  5. Add turnips and carrots and wine, cover and simmer for five minutes
  6. Add the remaining veggies and put on a low to medium simmer
  7. After 10 -15 mins check veggies for tenderness
  8. Add more wine, stock or water to create more au jus
  9. Finish cooking veggies to desired tenderness.
  10. Add corn starch at very end and bring to simmer
  11. Add a nob of butter!
  12. Serve over bread


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Pastitsio Recipe – Baked Pasta

The Ladies Philoptochos Society of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
in Grand Rapids Michigan host a wonderful luncheon and bake sale every year.

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One of their most popular entrees is pastitsio – baked pasta with meat sauce.

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This year they decided to follow Tina Afendoulis’ pastitsio recipe,
(she’s my Aunt and Godmother!) which is also in their cookbook.

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The Taste of Life Greek Food, Ladies Philoptochos Society of Holy
Trinity cookbook was published in 2004.

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Here’s my Nouna’s recipe.

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My Nouna Tina in the church’s professional kitchen. She’s so cute and
looking great at 83! Check out her 80th birthday party here.

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I ordered a half-pan of pastitsio, that I was lucky enough to get delivered!
(It helps to have cousins who happened to be making a trip to my side of
the state this weekend).

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That’s a big casserole but I just cut a portion of it to reheat and put
the rest back in the fridge for another time later in the week.
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There are a lot of recipes for pastitsio out there in cookbooks and online,
but this one IMHO, is the best. Enjoy.


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One Night with Judy Collins

 One Night with Judy CollinsLast night Yianni and I, my cousin Georgia and her husband Doug went to see and hear “Judy Blue Eyes” at a concert held at the  Grand Rapids Civic Theatre.

It was a wonderful evening with a truly beautiful musical legend who took us on a personal journey with her songs and stories. Not just her near perfect soprano voice, but her classical piano and 12 string guitar proficiency make her an awe inspiring musician.

Being mostly an interpreter of songs, Judy Collins has written some very obscure and hauntingly memorable songs herself. Here she is at a concert last year at The Metropolitan Museum Of Art, singing the 1st song she ever wrote with another one of my favorite singer songwriters, Shawn Colvin who joins her in a duet version of “Since You’ve Asked”.

“Take the lilies and the lace
From the days of childhood,
All the willow winding paths
Leading up and outward,
This is what I give,
This is what I ask you for
Nothing more.”

 One Night with Judy Collins


We were privileged to be able to meet her after the concert and tell how much her music has meant to us. At 75, she’s an inspiration.



 One Night with Judy Collins


I was fortunate to have her sign the DVD of her most recent concert in Ireland. The concert was a PBS broadcast aired just this past Spring on March 5th. Her autograph ended in a heart.

A night of music I won’t forget.

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