Michael van Straten
Michael van Straten
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Double Six Stew

Late winter is the lowest ebb for most peoples’ immunity. Stress and overindulgence of Christmas has taken its toll, weather is the wettest winter since records began and for anyone commuting to work, trains and buses are crowded, overheated and poorly ventilated. Someone sneezes on the back seat and their germs can fly 40 feet in front of them. This is the recipe you need.

The enormous immune-boosting properties come from the mixture of six herbs and six vegetables, which make this recipe a genuine double whammy. Anti-oxidants, cancer protective plant chemicals, heart protective and antibacterial herbs combine in this super protective recipe. Sage also protects against winter bugs, bay helps fat digestion and marjoram is antiviral.

This is a genuine one-pot meal as everything you need cooks together in a fragrant and delicious blend of smells and flavours. Suitable for cheaper cuts of meat as it cooks longer. This is the perfect dish to cook in large quantities when you have spare time as it freezes brilliantly and if done in portions they can be microwaved in minutes. It’s also an excellent dish for a slow cooker. Prepared in the morning, your mouth will be watering the minute you open the front door.

Ingredients: For 4 people

Lean stewing steak – 500 g cubed
Seasoned plain flour - 4 tbsp
Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
Extra virgin olive oil - 3 tbsp
Onion, celery, carrots, turnip, swede, parsnip – 500 g combined weight, chopped and peeled as necessary.
Guinness – 300 ml
Bouquet garni - 1. Tie together a bay leaf with a sprig each of marjoram, parsley and thyme.
Sage leaves 1 tbsp, chopped

Toss meat in flour and brown in large casserole with oil and garlic. Add vegetables and stir briskly for 2 mins. Add Guinness, bouquet garni, sage, and water, if necessary, to cover. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer on the stove for 2 and a half to 3 hours, adding more water if necessary.

 

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