Beef and Vegetable Stew


2 tablespoons olive/ rapeseed oil
1 onion, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, whole
500g organic stewing steak
some dried mixed herbs or chopped fresh like sage, rosemary, oregano
2 carrots, sliced
2 leeks, washed and thinly sliced
¼ turnip, cubed
salt & pepper
bottle of ale, like Luckie Ales stout
2 bay leaves


Soften the onion in the oil in a heavy pan.

Pat the beef dry with kitchen paper and coat the beef cubes in the dried or fresh herbs. Heat the oil in a wide frying pan and add the beef and brown on a moderate heat. Transfer to an ovenproof casserole and add the garlic, chopped carrots & turnip to the casserole. Fry the onions gently in the same pan then tip into the casserole. Add the bay leaves, salt & pepper. Put the frying pan back on the heat and add the ale. When it’s boiling pour into the casserole and add enough hot water to cover the meat and vegetables. Stir, cover with a lid and put in a moderate oven (150c/ Gas 3). Leave to cook for 3-4 hours till the meat is tender, stirring occasionally. Serves six.

  • Admin
    The Fife Diet June 24, 2011 at 20:55

    It would Linda – great idea – and feel free to suggest some yourself.

  • Linda McCallum June 24, 2011 at 19:44

    As a user of the slow cooker and in an attempt to cut fuel costs, would it be possible to have some recipes for the slow cooker as well as others.

    Thank you