Thursday, 31 May 2012

Warm My Chills

The cool weather has really set in now and I have to admit that I rather like it. I like scarves and warm coats, heaters and hot drinks and I really like winter food. It's quite lucky that failsafe food lends itself so well to delicious warm meals. Inspiration can be hard to come by in summer, but not winter, far less thought is required to come up with something that hits the spot.

This casserole definitely hit the spot. I have been getting into using the failsafe alcohols for cooking. They can really add a hit of flavour that failsafe cooking often needs. If you don't like to use them, you can leave it out or substitute a bit of stock.

Warm, stodgy, stick to the ribs goodness.

Beef Casserole
  • 1.5 kg diced beef
  • 1/2 large leek, diced
  • small stick celery, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 swede, diced small
  • 1/2 cup french lentils
  • 1/4 cup red lentils
  • 1/4 cup amaranth, washed very well
  • 1/2 cup whiskey
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1-2 tsp salt (or to taste)

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C 
  2. Put everything except the salt into a large casserole dish cover with lid and place in the oven.
  3. After about half an hour (when everything is boiling away) turn down to 120°C and cook for another 1 1/2 hours until the meat is tender.
  4. Add salt to taste and serve with mash and steamed vegetables.

That's it! So easy. You could mess around and seal the meat and saute the vegies first, but it really doesn't need it and any leftovers can be used as a pie filling or just tipped over toast.


  1. Oh my goodness. I love a one-pot meal. And this looks yummeh!

    1. This looks scrumptious, can't wait to try :)

  2. Thank you so much for this recipe. We had it for dinner tonight and it was awesome! My son of 19 months is our "problem" child and also has issues with dairy and wheat so his diet is limited. We absolutely love our food and are finding it hard to find food which we will happily eat and i would have to say this is on the top of my list so far. Thbanks again

  3. Made this the other day, used the pressure cooker for 20 minutes instead of slow cooking it. Very filling and tasty, and it froze great so I've been able to freeze and defrost the leftovers. thanks!