Now I should say up front that this one does not come from a cookbook. Well not yet. It is from The People’s Cookbook television (UKTV Food) programme, and although there will be a book it won’t be until after September when the second series airs. I printed the recipe from their website..
The programme is in a format that I really like. Six people per programme each with their favourite recipe. They are put into pairs and there is a cook off, with Anthony WT or Paul Rankin doing the cooking under the persons guidance. So 3 recipes per programme go into the cookbook. This one will be going into the cookbook, but most of the recipes I have liked have not won!
It is a gorgeous beef stew. The not quite traditional aspect is that there is ginger and soy sauce in it. These additions along with the Guinness make for a wonderfully deep, rich, extremely beefy and savoury gravy. It is much like any other beef stew in that there are onions, carrots and beef stock in it, as well as the extra additions. At the end of a couple of hours in the oven, a finishing touch of pan fried mushrooms seasoned with a little more soy sauce are stirred in. The creator whose parents are Chinese and Irish served it with rice and a sprinkling of parsley, so I did too and it was really beautiful.