I have some cubed, top round Beef 1 1/2 Pounds ,some carrots a small turnip , garlic, onion, green pepper, red wine . I know to flower and brown the beef S&P, it also. but should I caramelize the onions? Make a mirepoix with the veg but I like a provincial affect with sliced carrots. do I need something, like celery? Or maybe just onions carrots & a little green pepper a little turnip , the wine , and nothing else . ( ??? ) Small potatoes ?(Added late ) Marinade ? Thanks Alex . p.s a dear friend of my who is something of a cook, Lawrence Rolen, made a beef stew . I only remember carrots being in it . Obviously onions were a part of it and wine. It was about perfect !