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Beef Bourguignon

A hearty French dish to keep you warm this winter! INGREDIENTS 2 Beef Stock Cubes 1 ½ Cups Boiling Water Olive Oil 1 ½ kg Beef Chuck or Stewing Beef, Cut Into 4cm Pieces 175g Rindless Streaky Bacon, Coarsely Chopped 1 Onion, Finely Chopped 3 Garlic Cloves, Finely Chopped 2 Tablespoons Plain Flour 2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste 2 Cups Red Wine (and 1 glass for the Chef) 2 Dried Bay Leaves 30g Butter 1 Bunch Spring Onions, Trimmed, Halved 10 Pickling Onions 250g Button Mushrooms Fresh Thyme, Chopped 1 Bunch Fresh Parsley, Chopped Buttered Mashed Potato, To Serve METHOD Preheat the oven to 180ºC.… Read the rest


Dutch Apple Cake: 1 ½ cup soft butter 1 cup castor sugar 2 eggs 1 ½ cups flour 2 teaspoons baking powder Pinch of salt Cinnamon and sugar ½ cup milk 385g tin pie apples Cream butter and sugar Add eggs one at a time and beat well Sieve the dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture alternating with the milk.… Read the rest


Crust: 12 Tablespoons butter ½ cup castor sugar 1 egg 1 Tablespoon oil 2 ½ cups flour 1 Teaspoon baking powder ½ Teaspoon salt 150g dark chocolate melted with 3 tablespoons milk Preheat oven to 180c Cream butter and sugar, add egg and oil, continue beating Add dry ingredients and process until dough forms Press into bottom and up sides of 24cm loose tart tin or 25 cm loaf tin Prick and bake 10 – 15 minutes Remove from oven and spread with melted chocolate mixture cool slightly Topping: 1 ½ cup treacle brown sugar 2/3 cup milk 12 Tbs butter 500 glace fruit mix 250g red glace cherries Photo credit: www.bbcgoodfood.comRead the rest

Parma Ham and Goat Cheese Flatbread (Makes 3 flatbreads)

INGREDIENTS Dough:  600g Bread Flour 10g Instant Yeast 5ml Salt 5 ml Dry Herbs (optional) 50g Butter, Room Temperature 350ml Warm Water 10ml Olive Oil Topping: 250g of Caramelized Onions (optional) 250g Shaving Parma Ham 250g Goat Cheese Finely chopped Chives for Garnish   INSTRUCTIONS Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.… Read the rest


(Serves 8) Oven 150C INGREDIENTS: 3kg oxtail Seasoned flour – (flour, salt, pepper, mixed herbs) Sunflower oil 3 large onions – sliced 3 cloves garlic – chopped 1 bottle good red wine Beef stock – enough to cover oxtail 1 bouquet garni (thyme, parsley) Salt and cracked pepper 2 bay leaves 3 tablespoons red currant jelly Peel of ½ lemon Peel of ½ orange 600g carrots – sliced 1½ tablespoons lemon juice 1½ tablespoons tomato paste METHOD: Trim oxtails of as much fat as possible.… Read the rest
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