This recipe is from the fantastic Lupe Pinto's - a superb import shop based in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Okay, not dead handy for Knaresborough, but they are definitely worth a visit when in either city and you can buy a lot of their stuff online.
They also have a great recipe book - Two Cooks and a Suitcase - available from the online shop where they also always have a few good recipes.
Hearty and wholesome, Rachel Allen's slow-cooked beef stew is the ultimate taste of Ireland. And all the better for being cooked in one of our lovely Le Creuset pots!
1½kg/3lb 5oz stewing beef, cut into cubes
175g/6oz streaky bacon
3 tbsp olive oil
12 baby onions, peeled
18 button mushrooms, left whole
3 carrots, cut into quarters or 12 baby carrots, scrubbed and left whole
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tbsp chopped thyme
2 tbsp chopped parsley
10 cloves of garlic, crushed and grated
425ml/15fl oz red wine
425ml/15fl oz chicken or beef stock
1kg minced steak (it is best not to use lean mince as fat will help to keep the burgers moist)
1 small onion, finely chopped
4tbsp fine breadcrumbs
1egg, lightly beaten
1 red chilli, finely chopped
1 tsp salt
1tsp mustard powder or mustard
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 cloves garlic, crushed
I know it's not winter but I just had a fancy for making a REALLY GOOD chilli - not the mince-and-kidney-bean-tuesday-night-tea-variety, so I looked out this recipe and thought I'd share it with you in case you either didn't know it or had forgotten it.