We could not buy bagels in Swaziland. So, I learned how to make them. It was always fun to surprise the single guys with fresh bagels when they got home from work. This was a favorite recipe that I made often.
While you can use all purpose flour, the high gluten bread flour makes a much better bagel. If you do not have bread flour, add a Tbl of gluten to the mix.
To change the bagel crust some, either add 1 1/2 tablespoon sugar or 1/4 cup instant malted milk powder to the the boiling water before adding the bagels.
I asked Mark what he wanted for dinner when he was home for Spring break. He really wanted a good stew. He gets it at school, but it is often salty and served with noodles.
Stew is a very flexible meal. Add more or less vegetables or add other favorites. Serve with a lettuce salad and maybe some bread, and you have an easy meal.
If you have frozen stew meat, you can still cook it in the crock pot. Skip browning the meat. Start cooking the stew on high in the morning and cook for 8 hours. We prefer to cook the frozen meat for 3 or 4 hours with pepper, garlic and onions, then add the remaining vegetables and spices for the last few hours of cooking.