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Holmes’ Stew-on-the-Moor

Sherlock stew

“Now let me see what meager refreshment I can provide.”

In the Granada Television production of “The Hound of the Baskervilles” starring Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes, there is a wonderfully cute scene when Watson discovers that Holmes has been camping on the moors, and Holmes invites him into his cozy little cave and offers him some stew. This is not in the book, but is so spot-on, I believe, for the characters. (The scene starts at 4:45)

Wanting to make something hearty and stick-to-your-ribs to fortify against the danger and damp of the moors (as well as look somewhat similar to what we see in the film), and trying to imagine what a local boy might plop into a sack and haul to a mysterious man in a cave, I thought; a potato, a carrot, a leek, some meat like bacon and, of course, a long sausage, a loaf or round of bread, and a little jug of milk. It wouldn’t be hard to toss in a dried bay leaf and, uh, a tiny tin of ground sage, and why not some salt and pepper? I’m sure Holmes would have requested a few particulars, I mean, he did mention clean collars…

Stew-on-the-Moor

  • 2 Strips Bacon, chopped
  • 1 Long Smoked Sausage, cut in half
  • 1 Tbsp. Butter
  • 1/3 Cup Leek, chopped, white only
  • 1 Potato, peeled & diced about 1/4″ bits
  • 1 Carrot, sliced into 1/4″ thick discs
  • 1 Cup Water
  • Dried Bay Leaf
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 1 Cup Crumbled Bakery Bread Loaf, no crust
  • Dash of Ground Sage
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste

Cut half of the sausage into bite sized pieces & place them in a large pot along with the chopped bacon. Cook over medium heat until no longer pink & then remove to a bowl until needed.

In the same pot, melt the butter and toss in the chopped leak & cook for a few minutes. Third & quarter the carrot discs & then add them to the pot along with the diced potato. Pour in the cup of water & drop in the bay leaf & cook until the carrots & potatoes are just tender.

Soak the bread in the milk & then add it to the pot. Plop in the meat, & then cover the pot & reduce the heat to a low simmer & cook for about 10 minutes more. Remove the bay leaf & sprinkle in some salt, pepper, & ground sage to taste. Serve with the other sausage half (optional). I promise this is not disgusting as Watson mentioned in the film, but it is best served warm. You may even enjoy it so much you’ll be saying “moore-stew please!”

Listen to the episode! Fiction Kitchen Episode 19: Sherlock Holmes

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