Friday, 17 April 2015

Cooking For The Family & a Beef and Tomato Stew Recipe

If you are lucky enough to follow me on Instagram then you will have seen a week or so ago I cooked a whole meal for my family.


Since I don’t live with my family, my parents will always cook whenever I go home. However, on Easter Saturday I was adamant that I was going to cook for them for the first time in years.

A while back I read a post from Hannah Gale about some of her favourite meals to make. On there was Beef and Tomato Stew and the sound of it was mouthwatering!

Therefore this is what I made! I swerved it with creamy mashed potato, buttery green beans and warm ciabatta. My family quite literally inhaled and gobbled the lot up. It was one of the best meals I’ve ever made in my opinion.

I know you’re al dying of the recipe, so here you go.


1 pack of Braising Beef

3 Carrots

3 Celery Sticks

1 Tin of Tomatoes

1 Onion

A Splash of Olive Oil

3 Garlic Cloves

1 Stock Cube, made up into stock

1 tsp of Mixed Herbs


Suet, I always use vegetable - Use the exact quantities on the box

Self Raising Flour


A knob of butter or two

Green Beans

A knob of butter


Start by dicing the onion and chopping the garlic. Add these to a large pan with the oil and the beef. Cook until the onion has softened and the beef is relatively cooked. The beef doesn’t need to be cooked thoroughly as it will be stewing for 2-3 hours.

Add in the celery, tin of tomatoes, stock and herbs. Mix it all together so it all cooks evenly. Taste it and season it if required.

Leave it to sew for 2-3 hours and in the mean time chop up the carrots and make up the dumplings according to the directions on the box. Add these half an hour before you want to serve up.

At this point, put on the potatoes and cook for 20-25 minutes. After, mash them up with butter. Then 10 minutes before serving, put on the beans to cook and ciabatta in the oven.


I served mine as self serve so that everyone could pick and choose how much they wanted.


I then made this chocolate mousse which is healthy (!) for dessert, the recipe is here.

It all went down a treat and I’ll definitely be making this again soon!



  1. Yum! This looks really good. I do love a good beef stew, can't be beaten for a good weekend dinner! xx

    Jasmin Charlotte

  2. Thank you! I really want to cook it again! xx


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