Beef & Guinness Stew Birthday

Today is Adrian’s birthday so dinner being his choice he went for my fragrant and mouthwatering Beef & Guinness Stew, a one pot wonder infused with hugs, cosiness and a sense that all’s right with the world.

This is so simple… all the chopping is a pain but if he wasn’t at work he would have done that part for me.  As it was I was a chopping fool all afternoon.

This is the saucepan… half full…eventually I filled it.  When I make a stew I want to get two days from it if I can.  But I’m getting ahead of myself, lets go back to the beginning and yes you can make this even if you’ve never done the likes of it before, I promise you.

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This is what you need…

Lean steak, cubed

1 cup of plain flour seasoned with salt & pepper

2 garlic cloves chopped

A mix of veg such as potatoes, carrots, onion, parsnip & celery

1-2 cans of Guinness (stout)

2 bay leaves & a mix of fresh or dried marjoram, parsley & thyme

4 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil

This is what you do…

Toss the cubed meat in the seasoned flour and brown in the olive oil & garlic in a large saucepan.

Add the veg and stir briskly for a few minutes

Add the Guinness, herbs and top up with water, if necessary, to just about cover

Bring to the boil then cover and simmer for two and a half to three hours (add more water if you need to)

Leave the room and walk back in so you can faint with pleasure at the gorgeous aroma…repeat…repeat, stir & repeat.

If possible arrange a bitterly cold winters evening, an open fire, a good bottle of red wine & serve…

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 This is rustic fare at it’s very best…

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2013-01-14 19.05.20Happy Birthday Honey x o x

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