Once a week all 3 kids go to an after school sports activity on the same day, at the same time, and I really relish that additional hour to myself to potter around the house, or catch up on episodes of Neighbours. The kids come home absolutely starving though, so I try and have something cooking away in the slow cooker that's ready as soon as they walk through the door.
This week I made a hearty beef stew, which I served with mash, carrots and peas. I thought that a plateful of this would fill them up, but I was wrong - eldest had a bowl of cereal before his man size dinner, and youngest followed his big sister sized portion with cereal too - I think my boys have hollow legs! I guess the clean plates meant that they liked it, and I need to double my portions for next time!
If you're like me, and like doing most of your festive shopping online then you really must take a look at Premier Estates Wine, especially if your wine rack is in need of filling. They offer a case of single or mixed wine from just £24 (by using website discount code), or sparkling for just £36, and best of all it comes with free next day delivery, so you won't have to wait long!
I used just over half a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon in this dish, which made the gravy really intense, along with some of my allotment shallots.
Slow Cooker Beef & Shallots in Red Wine Gravy - serves 4/5
tbsp olive oil
700g (approx) lean stewing steak, diced
2 heaped tbsp cornflour
salt & black pepper
400g shallots, peeled
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
400ml Premier Estates Cabernet Sauvignon
400ml beef stock
3 bay leaves
- turn the slow cooker on high & add the olive oil
- toss the beef in the cornflour and season generously with salt & pepper
- add this to the slow cooker with the shallots and garlic
- give it a good mix before pouring in the wine, beef stock & bay leaves
- cook on high for 4-5 hours, until the meat falls apart
It really was as simple as that. There's barely any prep needed, and it can be popped in the slow cooker before school and work.
I was provided with a mixed case of Premier Estates Wine to use in my recipe, and over the festive period