Hungry? I mean really hungry?

Hungry? I mean really hungry? Are you sure?

I often think of food!

Not sure where, on the net, I found this menu, but we recently made this slow cooked beef stew and it was the best we'd ever tasted.

Although not in the instructions, I added a tablespoon of Schwartz Piri Piri herb and spice blend. But chilli should also be available at the table to cover the various palates.

Using Slow Cooker instructions we went ahead...

Here it is, enjoy.

Slow cook beef stew

For two South Africans or four English people


500ml boiled water1/2 a swede, into smallish chunks2 carrots, into chunks300g mushrooms, thickly sliced400g diced stewing steak3 tbsp olive oil75g flour1½ tsp dried parsley1½ tsp dried thyme3 beef stock cubesBlack pepper to taste2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce1 tsp Marmite1 tbsp of tomato puree* Cornflour standing by, just in case


Prep:30min › Cook:5hr › Ready in:5hr30min

Prepare vegetables and put into dishes.

Put 2 tbsp oil & beef into a large bowl, coat beef with oil.

Then, in another bowl, add the flour, herbs, pepper & stock cubes. Mix thoroughly. Then add beef to flour mixture (keep the rest of the oil separate, you’ll need this later) coat oiled beef with flour.

Then put into slow cooker, on a high heat and brown thoroughly, adding the Marmite and Worcester Sauce, five to ten minutes to seal in the flavour.

Now add the vegetables to the rest of the flour and oil, mix in the bowl. Pour boiled water onto vegetables a little at a time and stir to mix in flour.

Then add the vegetables and liquid to the slow cooker. Turn heat to 180 C to boil, then turn power down to 100C and leave for five hours.

Taste throughout cooking to check if too thick; then add more water. If too liquid; then thicken with cornflour and water mixture.


This recipe should have enough salt from the ingredients listed, however if you prefer you may add more towards the end of cooking to add more flavour.

However a warning, this meal, which my wife and I thought was the best beef stew either of us had tasted, left us bloated and unable to move, so unless you have South African style appetites - and my English wife doesn't but she’s learning - the above quantities are more suitable for four people.