I've had Colleen Patrick-Goudreau's lovely book The Vegan Table for quite a while now but haven't taken the time to explore it thoroughly. Even though we are in the middle of summer, tonight I decided to make the Hearty Stew recipe featuring tempeh, potatoes, carrots and onions. It's aptly named and was extremely simple to put together. Even a novice cook could not possibly screw this up. All the veggies get chopped up and thrown into one pot with veggie stock, a bit of tomato paste and some herbs including thyme, marjoram and tarragon. You don't even need to peel the carrots and potatoes if you're feeling really lazy.
I have a bit of a love hate relationship with tarragon. I find the aroma quite strong and a little off-putting but can enjoy the flavour as long as it's balanced with other ingredients. I was really happy with how the stew turned out and even happier that it took so little time to prepare. There's something very satisfying about potatoes cooked in a savoury, saucy stew and the tempeh remained slightly firm while absorbing the flavours of the broth. Yum.