Beef Stew

• 2 tbsp olive oil
• 500 g beef stewing steak
• 2 onions
• 4 carrots, peeled and chopped roughly, (I usually do this the night before)
• 2 garlic cloves, sliced
• 3 tbsp plain flour
• 350 ml ale/wine
• 200 ml beef stock
• 6 sprigs thyme, leaves picked


If, like me, you hate smelling of cooked food off you, do this before you shower. It only takes five minutes. Coat the beef in flour seasoned with salt and pepper. Fry this of quickly in batches add the garlic and onions and soften. Fire it all into the slow cooker with the carrots, stock and wine. Put it on low and off you go about your business (6-8 hours) knowing that when you come home you’ll have a lovely comforting beef stew ready. It really is as simple as that. I sometimes add a tablespoon of redcurrant jelly at the end