I'm sure I've posted this one already...
I bought some lovely belly pork strips (about 3cm thick) from the farmer's market a few weeks ago and decided to go down the Irish Stew route after seeing it being done on TV. It brough back memories of my Nan's place in Ireland :-)
I created a stock using onions, celery, leek, carrot, pork and lemon thyme (and seasoning). After an hour of that I took out most of the large pieces of veg and put in fresh pieces (the old ones have given all they had to the stock), along with potatoes. I removed the pork and cut it into chunks and replaced it into the pot.
One the potatoes were cooked I served it into a deep bowl, added fresh parsley, and mushed up the potatoes a little to thicken the stew.
I was happy, the Irish Stew police may not be :-)