Thursday, 16 January 2014

Winter Warmers: Savouring the Season Linky Party 17

Winter is all about stews and casseroles and broths and homecooked, wholesome,  earthy goodness.

There is something wonderful about having the dinner on a low heat all day. Warming the house, filling it with the scent of that deep, rich flavour.

One of my favourites at this time of year is a good old Beef Casserole.


It's one of those recipes I picked up on one of those postcards from Sainsburies, and over time, it has evolved and changed and become our own.

One of our winter favourites.

So if you're looking for something to warm you on these cold evenings; something hearty and healthy, then look no further! This is an all-in-one pot kind of meal, and I tend to throw it together while the girls are napping in the early afternoon... then it happily simmers away on the stove, soaking in those deep root flavours, while we play and read and potter around the house.

Chunky Beef Stew
(Serves 4)

440g diced beef
one onion
one clove garlic
one yellow pepper
three parsnips
three potatoes
three carrots
one tin chopped tomatoes
one beef stock cube
french stick

Peel and chop the onion, carrots, parsnips and potatoes

Lightly coat diced beef in plain flour. Brown the beef in the pan in 1 tbsp olive oil.

Add onion and pressed garlic clove until browned.

Add the chopped veg and the chopped tomatoes to the pan. 

Pour over 500ml beef stock made with one stock cube and cook over a low heat for approximately 3 hours.

Serve in a bowl with crusty bread on the side

What are your favourite winter warmers? What other wintery activities, adventures and recipes are you trying out to savour this winter season?

The rules are the same as always; just link up and go take a look at a couple of others and drop them a comment to let them know you've stopped by...and lets savour these deep, dark days together.

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  1. It looks delicious Claire, I will definitely have to try this :)

  2. I am not normally a fan of beef stew, but that looks lovely and like it would work really well in a slow cooker. I might have to give it a go

  3. Love stews. My mother used to make beef stew that kept us going all winter. I've included my turkey & ham pie in the blog hop. I did the post for a Linky challenge but it's something my husband and I have made since we married.

  4. Hmm this looks delicious, I love winter stews and casseroles. We should eat more of them while we can but I am on a leafy healthy eating kick at the moment! x

  5. Ooh your beef casserole looks absolutely delicious! Have linked up a post about fun in the forest, let me know if its not right :)

  6. We are coming for stew and dont forget the dumplings!!


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