"is that the spirit of the age ?"
Got some Angus beef stew chucks and fried then cleared the centre of the large frypan, and fried chopped onion and green pepper, when browned add a load of paprika powder and beef stock and simmer, a bit later add peas and carrots and let simmer for hours. I had a can of sliced mushrooms so added them in. When ready thicken with some flour that was added to water, have over wide flat German egg noodle. Kinda like a Hungarian beef stew.