Last night I decided to drive to Indianapolis because I’m seeing Les Miserables for the matinee show at Murat Theatre. However, given that I am a huge fan of St. Patty’s Day I decided to take in just a little bit of the revelry. One stop took me to the Broad Ripple BrewPub where I enjoyed this…Irish Stew. A hearty helping of beef, carrots, and potatoes stewed in a delicious beef stock. Yummy! I am always a fan of a hearty stew. I remember in my younger days frequently scarfing down the Dinty Moore Beef Stew. Chomping through 4 servings of a family sized can. I’m a stew guy. As such, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to order and eat Irish Stew on a day celebrating Irish heritage. Most stews have the tradition of combining locally essential and cheap meats and vegetables into a pot for slow, long cooking. A stew, by nature, will be filling, dense, and a solid foundation for a day of hard work, or in some cases, war. Filling. Essential. Foundational. Sounds like a metaphor to me! What’s in your stew? What are those essential ingredients that we need to fill us up and serve as our foundation for the day? Who are the people? Where are the places? What are the activities? Does our stew taste good? Is it filling enough? Does it provide a base for the day? Help make life delicious, what’s in your stew?