Wookiee Hut Cuisine presents:
Stew Brunswique
by SuSu

Hermione, Ron, and Harry were on the run in what should have been their final year at Hogwart's School. They were prepared to rough it in a tent, moving it every few days, and for the stress of looking for fragments of You-Know-Who's soul. But they weren't ready for the lack of food. Hunger made them all irritable and unpleasant; Hermione did what she could to pick up food from grocers and farms (leaving Muggle cash in her wake), but she was inexperienced at cooking and foraging. Ron actually abandoned his friends in a fit of hunger-aggravated anger and frustration.

He immediately regretted his action, but had run into trouble on disapparating and couldn't go back. And he knew that his family home was being watched by the overthrown Ministry of Magic, so he couldn't return to the Burrow (not to mention the trouble his family would give him for abandoning Harry and Hermione). So he went to his brother Bill's, who'd just married Fleur Delacoeur.

While he waited to figure out a way to rejoin his friends, he obliged his brother by helping Fleur with the housework, including learning how to forage and cook up what Bill called a "Make-do Stew," which made enough food for a Weasley-sized crowd. But he and Fleur lived (deliberately) apart from others, and they often could not get to shops for essentials; besides, they did not want Death Eaters to observe how much they were buying, for they could have discerned how many people they were feeding. And though Bill preferred his meat raw, he did like this cooked stew.

Ron did not actually know the name of the stew, but Fleur would sing while she was chopping and had Ron do the copious stirring required. The words sounds like "stoo stoo stoo brunsa wique wique wique." She was trying to say in a mixture of English and French, "Stir, stir, stir, dans la wique wique wique," with the French "wique" meaning "replacement, or substitution." Obviously, the original recipe was so modified with the foraged things Ron was able to find, that Fleur would liberally substitute one ingredient for another! Ron's lack of French heard, "Stew Brunswique," whicih sounded rather sexily French, to him!

This stew was what the many refugees and guests at Bill's and Fleur's would be fed, and Ron later made it for Hermione and Harry after he finally managed to find them again — and as hungry as they perpetually were, you can be sure they were grateful for his new skills!

  • 5 to 6 lbs / 2½ kg chicken thighs, de-boned and skin removed, cut into chunks
  • 6 oz / 170 g ground pork or belly meat or fatback, chopped
  • 4 lbs / 2 kg potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2½ lbs / 1 kg onions, chopped
  • ground black pepper, to taste
  • ¼ oz / 7 g red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • salt, to taste
  • 48 oz / 1350 g canned, crushed tomatoes
  • 80 oz / 2¼ kg canned white beans, drained and rinsed (butterbeans or lima beans are great)
  • 48 qts / 1350 g canned kernal corn or white shoepeg corn, drained
  • sugar, to taste (optional)
NOTE: This is a good recipe for inexperienced cooks, since constant poking and stirring is required for a good texture, making it more stewy than soupy.

In a large, heavy bottomed pot, palce the chicken and pork, and add enough cold water to cover the meat. Bring to a boil and cook until the chicken starts to fall apart on stirring. Add the potatoes, onions, and add salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Bring the mixture back to a boil and cook at a simmer until the potatoes and onions are cooked, with stirring. Stir in the tomatoes and re-season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring back to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes, then add the beans and again boil the stew. Cook until the beans are tender and start to break apart. Add the corn, and bring back to a simmer, cooking and stirring for another 15 minutes. Season with salt, pepper, and sugar to taste. Serves 10 or more.

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