Monthly Archives: August 2014

Hearty Hearty Guinness Stew


Making a stew for the g’rents, so its key that I hide as much veg in there as possible (making sure they get their nutrients and fibre is essential, but if they see a hint of green I’m in trouble and they’ll turn their noses up at my delicious stew!).

We sweated some onions in a large casserole dish with a glug of olive oil and in another pan cooked up the round steak (cut in to bite size chunks) until crispy and brown. When the meat was done we put it all to the side.


Then when onions are soft we added 1kg of carrots, a large courgette from the garden, a tablespoon of mustard, a small handful of rosemary, 2 tablespoons of Worcester sauce, 1 bottle of Guinness, 3 cans of chopped plum tomatoes and 1 1/2 litres of vegetable stock. Cook until reduced a bit and add the beef once there is space for it.





Continue to reduce on the stove and then place in the oven at 160 degrees centigrade for 4 hours, or until the round steak is falling apart in little fibrous delicious pieces (my mouth is watering writing this!).


Serve with roast or boiled potatoes! NOM!


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A Pretty Panda Packed Birthday

At 11pm I started baking this ursidae of a cake! It was herself’s birthday and I needed to make something that would feed the army in the workplace.

I nabbed Nigella Lawson’s divine Malteser cake (which you can’t get online, but can get in Feast) for the recipe and decorated it with buttons (I have an aversion to black food colouring and icing generally, so I had to adapt the black and white colours of the panda!).

I used Ovaltine instead of Horlicks and of course doubled the recipe to ensure I had enough to build the ears and snout.

Hello Panda

It went down a treat.


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