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  • Beef and Chorizo Stew

    Options, something we aren’t great with…having to make decisions isn’t our strong point…so with having different ways to cook this I went for easiest on the day! The ingredients are the same and it’s easy as pie!

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    400-500g diced stewing beef
    3 or 4 chorizo sausages
    250 ml red wine
    rosemary, thyme, cracked black pepper,and garlic to taste we used about 1T of each
    1 can of chopped tomatoes
    1 onion or 1 leek
    3 or 4 carrot
    2T corn flour

    Now…I put the beef in the red wine and spices to marinate overnight…it’s not necessary but adds flavour. The next day after work I popped the whole shebang into a crock pot, chopped up the chorizo into one inch pieces so you’d get about 4 or 5 to every sausage. Bang them into the pot, peel and cut the carrots to about the same size and bang them in too as well as the onion or leek…or hell use both. Then chuck in the can of tomatoes and mix it all throughly. Put the lid on and I put it on for 3 hours on high. About 30 minutes before you want it take some of the juice out of the cooker and mix it with the cornflour to make a paste and tip it back into the cooker and mix thoroughly. Lid back on and 30 minutes later….dinner! We had ours with mashed potatoes. Now as I said you can cook this a couple of different ways…in the oven at 160c for about 2 1/2 hours…or even in a heavy saucepan on the stove…but you’d need to watch it closely and stir quite often so it doesn’t stick to the bottom. I’m lazy so I prefer the crockpot method :)



  • Summery Salad

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    So I found a cool shop in Chichester, Sussex called Zest for Taste…it has a VAST array of oils and vinegars that you can try and buy as well of lots of cool kitchen stuff and dips, jams and just foodie stuff….if you get the chance then check it out. They are also on Facebook and online at www.zestfortaste.co.uk

    Anyhoo…I purchased a bottle of Pomegranate Balsamic vinegar…oh my…it’s smells like I could drink it from the bottle! so on my day off…the veg delivery came and some large red tomatoes screamed make a salad and try that damn vinegar.

    This salad is one where I’m not going to give you specific quantities…salads are truly a wing it thing.

    In mine I put some shredded romaine lettuce, rocket, celery, goat’s cheese, ramiro peppers, salad tomatoes (organic…not the tasteless ones from the supermarket!) sea salt croutons for some crunch and texture! And then I lovingly drizzled 2 capfuls of this amazing vinegar over it and zing….summer in a bowl….well as close as you get for a wednesday in Manchester in March!