Little Bear Stew

(blush)  This requires a lot of ‘splainin’.

When my granddaughter was little, I would read to her every night.  And I read to her from all of the Little Bear books.  One of them, the first one, I think, had a section wherein Little Bear made a soup, a Mulligan, with items brought to his birthday by his animal friends.

The items were, carrots and potatoes, peas and tomatoes.

My granddaughter wanted to make a Little Bear Birthday Soup.  So I did.  It was bland and — awful.

So, today, I got thinking, what if I jazzed it up, with stew meat?

I fixed it, and not too bad, though some more spices wouldn’t hurt.

Little Bear Stew


  • 1 can sliced carrots
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can potatoes
  • 1 can sweet peas
  • 1 pound stew meat from butcher
  • 2 cups flour
  • Vegetable oil
  • Spices


  • Put 2 cups flour in a medium mixing bowl. Add spices, in this case, paprika and black pepper as you like it.
  • Place the stew meat into the bowl and shake around until all the pieces are coated.
  • Pour enough vegetable oil in a large pan to almost cover the floured stew meat. Cook until all the meat is browned. This also produces a thick roux.
  • Add in the vegetables, and cook on medium for a few minutes, until the sauce thickens.
  • Store or serve.
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