European French Recipes Winter

Beef Bourguignon and A Happy New Year

I suppose the item on the agenda worth tackling first is the sudden moral rejuvenation of most inhabitants of the world. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it is the year for which we have all been waiting, 2012 has finally dawned and one can say, with certainty, that resolutions will not be in short supply. Of course, I am not one to go in for such moral undertakings; it is an accomplished fact, or fait accompli, that 97% of all resolutions will have been thrust harshly into the cold within 72 hours of their formulation. Still, it’s the thought that counts. I suppose all that is left to say is: Happy New Year!

Asian Healthy Eating Indian Recipes

Indian Minced Beef with a Fresh Tomato Salad

There are many things one can cook with a punnet of minced beef; it is perhaps one of the most versatile ingredients available. This, for instance, is a variation of a dish I used to eat a lot of at university, though since I’m a much better cook than I was 2-3 years ago it tastes slightly better. This recipe is taken from BBC GoodFood, though I used my own blend of spices and perhaps even my own initiative at times – do not be too shocked, WordPress.

British Healthy Eating Recipes Winter

Traditional Beef Hotpot

The Lancashire hotpot is one of the most widely recognised, and loved, British recipes. Traditionally it is a mutton or lamb based dish which includes vegetables and is covered with a layer of sliced potatoes before serving. This is my beef version of the Lancashire hotpot, though it is probably rather far in aesthetical terms from the original dish. The reason I have given it the name ‘hotpot’ is because both dishes share an ideal – they are inexpensive, easy to prepare and extremely hearty and delicious. I tell you, dishes once intended for labourers in heavy industry do work rather well at this time of year.

British Healthy Eating Recipes

Beef in Guinness Casserole

Beef in Guinness

As we all know, summer is about eating light, fresh food like my Caprese salad. However, I really like to continue devouring slow cooked wintry meals during the summer. Having said that, this dish isn’t as wintery or as rich as a steak and ale pie and I personally think it worked rather well considering the time of year – especially on a Sunday, in lieu of a roast. This is so delicious I’ve had it a couple of times in the past few weeks; it has such a good depth of flavour and is incredibly satisfying to eat when it has been cooked for at least 3 hours. Indeed, the most important thing to remember when preparing this casserole, or any meal that includes the cheaper cuts of meat, is to cook it for a long time. After 3 hours the fat should have melted away from the meat, enriching the dish, and the meat will have become incredibly tender. This casserole would also work very well with on-the-bone cuts such as oxtail – meat on the bone is incredibly sweet and when cooked the marrow in the bones will melt into the gravy, enriching it further.