Tag: Beef


Chilli con carne with coriander cornbread Dine in

Winter is the best time of year for slow cooking and I love it even more when I can cook everything in one pot in the oven for hours, warming the house and scenting the air (and clothes… and hair..!) with the delicious smells of dinner. The warming spices of this chilli con carne are mellowed by the crusty cornbread top which you can use to mop up the gravy. I think there are enough vegetables in this dish for it to be considered a meal, but a side of guacamole doesn’t go astray particularly if you have over-chillied the...

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Slow cooked massaman curry with lamb shanks Dine in

This is the ultimate slow cook dish for winter – lamb again, I know… but it’s a lovely twist on a more traditional beef massaman curry. Massaman curries are not as spicy as traditional Thai curries can be, but it’s still full of flavour and delicious. There are plenty of recipes for home made spice pastes around and when I have the time I love to make my own. However, sometimes I just want to rely on a good curry to save time, but not compromise on flavour! Maesri make heaps of different varieties of curry paste and they are...

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Beef gratin with roasted cauliflower Dine in

Slow cooking in the oven is one of the easiest ways to cook and the extended time in the oven results in butter soft meat and complex flavours. This casserole is a winner and with only a few ingredients and minimal preparation, you can let your oven do most of the work. The red wine matters – I’m not suggesting you buy a $40 bottle to tip into your casserole but equally don’t think a cask of Stanley’s “red” wine will do the trick either. The wine will either flavour or ruin your dinner so if you would drink it...

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Basic herb crust Dine in

This recipe for a herb crust is a starting point for you to experiment with flavours depending on what you have available and until it works for you. The herbs I used this time included parsley, sage, thyme, dill and basil because that’s what is currently growing really well in my herb garden.  Growing herbs is so rewarding and really worth the effort if you have a sunny spot and some time to make the trek to the nursery. I hate buying herbs from the supermarket and I try to avoid it when I can – it can get expensive and it’s such...

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Beef rendang (the easy way and the long way) Dine in

I love Malaysian food and beef rendang is one of my favourite curries. I love going to a hard to find dingy food court near the Woolworths at Town Hall station in the Sydney CBD which has plastic tables and chairs, terrible service and really delicious nasi lemak – the dried anchovy, boiled egg, cucumber, peanuts, spicy sambal and rice are really support acts to the rich coconut gravy of the beef rendang. If you don’t have the time or inclination to make curry from scratch then you don’t need to read the rest of this post, you can just...

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