I would saute the stew meat in hot oil, just enough to brown it a little all over. I think, probably in my mind, it helps to retain the juices and flavor. Then drain off the oil, add a lot of chopped onions, garlic, and saute them.
Some people like tomatoes, diced, in their stew; with the juice; almost any vegetable is game.
Some like beer. Some like macaroni and some like diced potatoes.
Add these last, they will get mushy. Peppers?
Some use fresh vegetables, some like frozen or canned. If you use canned you can use the juice of the can, but remember it has added salt. There is packaged beef stew seasoning or mix at the grocers. I don't like it.
Big chunks ? little chunks? Spice? Garlic, onions, or the salt of these or powder. Whatever smells good to me at the time, maybe basil? thyme?
Maybe nothing. I like it with salt, pepper, and some onion.
That is not very exotic.
I am glad you gave me a chance to say that. I have been wanting to say that for about 45 years. I was very intimidated at the time by someone who obviously thought they were better than I, and smarter. I felt very very inferior and unsure of myself. I also want to say I did not put the iron on that shelf and make a burn. That was a big fat lie. I did not knock the washer hose off and get water in the floor, the dog or the cat did.. I also was too intimidated to ask if I could go in and fix snacks for my little boy who surely got hungry.I did feed him, another time. I thought we were invited or I would not have imposed.. I am sorry about the mattress. I had very very heavy periods. That was the sorriest excuse for beef stew I ever saw.I am so embarrassed they think I would feed my husband something like that, he would have left. The person said that I said that was enough in it. Not exactly so. She had made the stew with just meat, water, and some green beans. I was completely baffled as to what to say. I guess that is the way they eat beef stew. I never said it was ok, she said is that enough? It was way more than enough like that for the neighborhood. I was very intimidated.
Well. I guess it was all she had. I could not drive at that time there, and no, not even around the block. I had no idea they were so broke. We had very very little money. when we were there the second time. The first, we did not know what we were up against. So. There. Bad treatment from relatives, or inlaws was nothing new. It still hurt my feelings. I am, was, we were as good as anyone, and I can read. Welcome home. Some welcome.
I , by the way, stopped driving when he came home from service and did not drive again for several years. I was injured in a car accident right after he left for the service. I had a whiplash injury. It took me a long time to get to where I could drive again after he came home I drove of necessity until he did..No. We got no money, although it was not my fault. I still have problems from that, neuro damage, and have always protected my neck. I do not know who got that pot. I am as good as anyone on the face of the earth, God's child, the same as any of his children. I sincerely apologize for imposing. I wanted to leave and go to a motel, I was so miserable. I am not a fruitcake, was not then, nor now, not immoral, nor stupid.