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Monday, 31 October 2011

Getting going again!

I have been inspired to get blogging again (albeit on my daughter's laptop as mine has definitely given up the ghost) by the latest post on Emma's blog (at - for some reason this computer will not let me do a proper link , grrrrr!). Its about trying to make Autumn/Winter more bearable with a series of posts at the beginning of the month from now until February on the joys of winter - such as lovely fires, long winter walks, mouthwatering receipes, etc. There is a flickr site to join but i have forgotten the link so you'll just have to visit Emma's blog.

Here are a few photos to get going with -

Also one of my favourite receipes is one by Jamie Oliver for a mouthwatering stew - i have tweaked it to fit into my family's tastebuds! Its all in one pot which is just wonderful.

Stewing or braising beef - enough for 4 say 600gms

Onions - chopped 2

3 carrots - cut into chunks

2 parsnips, as above

2 leeks

half a bottle of red wine

about 350ml of stock - I use vegetable

pototoes - small ones, halved (i use charlotte pototoes and leave skin on)

2 tbsps of tomato puree

Firstly you fry the onions for a few minutes, then add the beef (which you toss in flour first) and all the veg, the wine , stock and puree - bring to boil and put in oven at 150 for about 3 hours. The smell when it starts cooking is unbelievable! You can add whatever veg you like. You can check it after two hours just to make sure its not going dry. I then serve it in big bowls with fresh hunks of bread - lovely!

Right off now to light the woodburner and cook a roast!



Locket Pocket said...

That sounds like a delicious recipe Maria and your fire looks cosy! Lucy x

Twiggy said...

Ooo lovely photies, but then again I do love Winter :)
Twiggy x

silverpebble said...

I love that image of your woodburning stove with your wool. SO inviting! That recipe sounds delicious. I just need to convince my eldest that it is not 'gravy' it is 'marmite sauce'. Perhaps she'll try it then!

Penny said...

Sounds delicious, and I think would probably work in the slow cooker too, will definitely give it a go!

Julie said...

I make one like this and its very yummy - just right for this time of year. Juliex

Mrs. Micawber said...

Hopping over from Silverpebble - that stew sounds wonderful. I love the picture of the yarn with the stove behind.

Stay warm!

noelle said...

Nice to have you back!

dottycookie said...

It's good to see you again! I love a warm fire, and your stew sounds just the ticket for the grey drizzle we're having.

Kitty said...

Hi Maria, I was thinking about you today, so decided to stop by and say hello. That recipe sounds lovely - I have a slow cooker in which I regularly make stews. I love them.

Take care :) x

Indigo Blue said...

What are you knitting in the picture with your fire? Looks like a lovely blue wool you have there.