Disclosure: I am a brand ambassador for True Aussie Beef & Lamb. (Yes, I’m very lucky to be working with a great company!) And, I’m compensated for creating recipes, including this one, aussie grassfed beef & mushroom cowhand stew, and for them using their product(s). Believe me, I don’t partner with any brand unless I truly believe in and support their product(s). And, most importantly, would feed these products to my family and friends! All these opinions and the creation of this recipe are credited to me.
Nothing makes me happier than to throw a party (large or small or somewhere in between), host a dinner, have folks over at the spur of the moment for a bowl of soup and cornbread, have friends and family for the holidays! In my ‘Ally World’ it’s all about the food, the ambiance, the mood the joie de vivre that comes from these many times exhausting and tiring, but in a good way, endeavors.
And, when our youngest son finally took the leap and proposed to his beautiful girl, Megan, of many years, the entire family was thrilled!! There was no better way to celebrate than with a big fun party inviting friends in the neighborhood, family, long-time favorite coaches and teachers back from elementary school and more. When you join two people in love, you join more than just them, you join two families both with their beautiful legacies, histories, and traditions.
So, for this party, I worked for months visualizing in my head how it would roll out. I wanted it relaxed and comfortable. I wanted folks to participate in the food (so, I handed tongs to some and said ‘You’re in charge of cooking the lamb chops, just do blah blah!”) I wanted it conducive to meeting new people and to do this, I created small conversation areas where several people from two to six to eight, could join and catch up with old friends and meet new friends. I called these areas ‘circles of trust’ (COT)! One popular ‘COT’ was around the live fire where the most tender deeeelicious lamb chops were grilled. And, yes, all I did was bring out new batches of freshly seasoned chops, and my designated ‘sous chefs’ with their tongs cooked them perfectly. Guests would simple pull them from the hot fire grill and start munching!
Then, of course, there was the big dinner area defined by a large table of hot dishes in chafing dishes, including this aussie grassfed beef & mushroom cowhand stew and other fabulous meats and vegetables. In order ‘not’ to create a traffic jam, the sides for the serve yourself meal were on another table in another area. Presto! No clogging of people and jamming up trying to fill plates. Of course, we’re lucky we have a big yard and we used it all for this party!
Now this aussie grassfed beef & mushroom cowhand stew is beyond easy and this recipe is for a crowd! Of course, it can be factored for fewer people, but if you have a lot of folks to feed, then this is the pot of love for you! I made it two days in advance of the party just to let it ‘sit’ and have those flavors become even more rich and deep.
Live each day to the fullest, create memories that make your world sparkle, give to others through tasty food and happiness!! xoxo ~ally
PS…A quick video at the end of this post sharing the party!!