Well if today is anything to go by in the UK, winter is definitely on it’s way. I think we are all in for a long, cold winter this year. The temperature has suddenly dropped and I’ve finally pulled out the old winter coat from the wardrobe. Although the weather never makes me feel overjoyed I do enjoy the warming food I love to cook at this time of year.
Soups, stew and curries are my favourite foods for a cold winter. These types of meal can be loaded with nutritious ingredients that can help to warm the body from the inside out. Winter is definitely a time when warm meals are a better choice for our bodies. So get that big pot from the cupboard and let’s start cooking.
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- Small mixing bowl.
- Chopping board
- Sharp knife
- Large saucepan and lid
- Wooden spoon or stirring spoon
- Serving spoon
Ingredients for the stew
- Beef stewing steak x 500g
- Onion x 1
- Courgette x 1
- Red pepper x 1
- Potatoes x 800g – 1 kg
- Coriander x 1 large handful
- Kale/spinach/green beans x 2 large handfuls
- Lime x 1
- Rice flour or plain flour x 2 tbsps
- Tomato puree x 2 tbsps
- Tamari x 2 tbsps
- Tinned tomatoes x 1 tin
- Chicken stock or bone broth x 600mls
Marinade for the beef
- Sumac x 2 tsps
- Smoked paprika x 1 tsp
- Garlic granules x 1 tsp
- Ground sweet cinnamon/ground cinnamon x 1 tsp
- Pepper x 1/2 – 1 tsp
- Salt x 1 tsp
- Oregano x 1 tsp
- Avocado oil x 3 – 4 tbsps
- Coconut cream x 3 – 4 tbsps
Method for the marinade
- Add the sumac, smoked paprika, garlic granules, ground ginger, ground sweet cinnamon/cinnamon, pepper, salt and oregano into bowl.
- Mix these ingredients together with the spoon.
- Add in the oil and the coconut cream and stir until everything is well mixed together.
- Set this marinade aside.
Method for the stew
- Cut the beef into 1 inch pieces if not already cut.
- Put the beef cubes into a bowl and pour the marinade on top.
- Mix all these ingredients together and set aside for 2 – 4 hours or preferably overnight.
- Preheat the fan oven to 160°C or gas mark 3.
- Peel, slice and chop the onion into small pieces.
- Cut the top from the pepper and remove the core and green stalk from the pepper.
- Slice and cut the pepper into cubes.
- Peel the courgette and slice it thinly.
- Now peel the potatoes and cut into 2 centimetre pieces.
- Put the large saucepan on a high heat and add oil to the base of the pan.
- Once the base is covered in the oil and the pan has started to heat up, add the marinaded beef.
- Begin to fry the beef.
- Fry the beef for a couple of minutes and then add a couple of tablespoons of flour.
- When the meat begins to brown, remove from the pan and put onto the plate.
- Next add in the onions to the base of the pan.
- Fry until they start to soften and become translucent and clear.
- Add in the peppers and courgettes and fry until these start to soften.
- Pour in the tomatoes and stock and add in the tomato puree and tamari too.
- Place the beef back into the pan along with the potatoes.
- Bring all these ingredients to the boil and and then leave to simmer for about ten minutes.
- After ten minutes, turn the heat off on the stove and put the lid on the pan.
- Carefully remove the pan from the heat and put it into the oven.
- Leave in the oven for 40 – 50 minutes.
- When the stew is cooked, remove from the oven and place the kale in.
- Let the kale wilt down.
- Cut the lime in half and squeeze the juice into the stew.
- Then serve and enjoy.
One Pot Baked Spicy Sumac Beef Stew is a delicious dinner that my little family really enjoyed. It kept us warm on a very cold day and it was a great meal for our Sunday lunch. My husband ate the lot and he mopped up the gravy with a slice of sourdough bread too. There were leftovers that I put in the freezer and we will have as a quick meal soon. However you decide to eat this dinner, as always, please enjoy. Thank you. xxx