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Londonderry Beef Stew


  • 1 1/2 pounds beef steak, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 3 medium carrots, chopped
  • 3 medium parsnips, chopped
  • 1/2 cup pearl barley
  • 8 medium potatoes
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper, to taste


  1. Boil some water in a large saucepan, sufficient to cover the meat, and have approximately 1 inch left above.
  2. Put in the large chunks of meat, and lower the heat to keep the stew simmering.
  3. Put in the chopped or diced carrots and parsnips.
  4. Add herbs, salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Let simmer for about 20 minutes.
  6. Add peeled whole potatoes and some stock/soup mixture or cornstarch to thicken. Keep the mixture simmering and stir occasionally.
  7. After about an hour from start time, taste it and check the potatoes.

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