Well, so what co-relations do preschool and fever have? I’ve been told way before I decided to send Junior to school that kids tends to fall sick A LOT when they are in school. On the flip side, their immune system gets strengthened and will be a lot less prone to falling sick when they are older. What an irony right?
Even when Junior was not going to school, he do get the usual flu and fevers – probably once every 3 months I’ll say. But it has gotten a lot more frequent now that he is in school and the latest bout of cough lasted more than a month before it completely went away. Just when we thought it was getting better, he caught the germs and got worst with it and then we had to be really strict with what he eats and a lot more discipline in feeding him the meds before watching it tapper away.
Whenever the bub is sick, I always end up feeling guilty like I should have taken care of him a little better and restrained from letting him have his way and eating all these chocolates/raisins/pretzels and what not. He being the trooper that he is doesn’t shun away from the meds like I would do when I was younger. And at 2 and a half, he seems to understand how he needs to take the meds to feel better and recover so that he can have all the yummy food again. I doubt I was as mature as he is!
So after a week of borderline fevers, a few vomiting episodes (those instances are going to be stories we will share with him in the future) and abstaining from chicken, Junior was extremely sick of porridge and pork. Falling sick also affected his appetite which used to be pretty hearty. We all made sure he had plenty of water, room temperature fruits like strawberries and apples to build his immunity and in efforts to get his appetite back, I made some beef stew for him. While he still ate lesser than usual, I think he was glad to have something that is a little tastier with meat other than pork. It is comforting even for us adults to have a steaming hot bowl of stew served with rice.
1) 300g of beef shin
2) 3 large potatoes
3) 1 large carrot
4) Half a medium onion
5) Beef stock
6) Olive oil and salt
1) Rinse beef shin under running water, cube the meat and marinate it with some salt.
2) In a pot/pan (I used the pot just cause it is easier), add olive oil and fry beef shin till the colour changes. Remove beef cubes from the pot.
3) In the same pot, add chopped potatoes, carrots and onion into the pot with leftover sauce from frying the beef and fry till the vegetables soften and gives abit of colour.
4) Add the beef shin back to the pot and add beef stock enough to cover the ingredients.
5) In high heat, cook till it bubbles and switch to medium-low heat and stew till meat and ingredients turn soft. This takes about 1.5 hour.
6) Remove the heat and you are ready to serve.
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This recipe is easy to make, goes well with rice or bread and I hope you finds it just as comforting as we do.