Here is what I came up with (measurements are kinda guess work as I used anything I found in the fridge and cupboard)
- 400g stewing beef (cut into chunky cubes)
- 2 tbsp flour (seasoned with salt & pepper)
- olive oil
- 1 large onion (sliced)
Comfort Food at its best
- 2 cloves garlic (crushed or sliced)
- 1 large red pepper (cut into stripes)
- 100 ml Chicken or Beef stock
- 100ml Red wine
- Dried mushrooms (soaked - use the water as well)
- 3 -4 medium potatoes
- 1 can chopped tomatoes
- 4 medium tomatoes
- smoked paprika
Dust the beef pieces with the seasoned flour. In an ovenproof pan, heat the olive oil and butter and add the meat. Brown all over and remove. Add the sliced onion and cook until translucent. Add the garlic and cook until the rawness has gone.
Preheat the oven to 160C.
Peel and cube the potatoes and add to the onion mix. Stir around for a few minutes and add the peppers, tomatoes, soaked mushrooms with the soaking water, all tomatoes, beef, stock & wine and combine well.
Add herbs, spices and seasoning, cover with lid and place in oven for about 1.5 hours. It doesn't matter if dinner is delayed - just turn down the heat and it will sit happily in the oven for up to 2.5 hours. Just stir it now and then to avoid it sticking to the bottom of the pan.