Daily Archives: 19 September 2011

Hello autumn!

Finally my Dairy Diary tells me it is Autumn, here in Sheffield it has felt like it for weeks.

For once my husband has managed to do a little house job at just the right time, well, a year previously would have been more of the right time, but it’s the critical time of this year, and I guess that’s what matters. He has fitted the remote thermostatic control to our boiler. Hurrah!

Every year he is away the first week in October exhibiting his wares at The Goldsmiths Fair.  As soon as he has driven out the driveway I go into ‘winter mode’. The winter duvets go on all the beds and I set the heating to come on, just for a couple of hours, every morning and evening. Out go the light suppers and in come dishes such as ‘Ruby Beef Stew‘ (Page 93 of the Dairy Diary).

The trouble with living in a draughty old house is that some rooms feel tropical and others barely off-freezing.

18 months ago we bought the thermostat, with the hope that we could place the thermostat in the most used room of the house, leaving the heating to adjust itself accordingly. So, two weeks until he goes away, the thermostat has been fitted for three weeks already and he asked me if I’d used it yet. “No” I said quite truthfully, as that particular day it had been warm and sunny. “Will you?” he asked. “Now?” I said. “Yes” he replied. I fell off my seat.

As we all know most couples find the man is always hot and the woman always cold.
My man is no exception, wearing shorts from the end of the snow season until he returns from his October show, yet here he was asking me to put the heating on, on a mild September evening. On further discussion it came out that he wants me to use it to make sure it works before he goes away and this has led me to worry…. Could he be thinking of taking it with him? Will it work over a distance of 170 miles?

Wrap up warm.

Karen
Dairy Diary Team

Ruby Beef Stew

Ruby Beef Stew

Recipe taken from the Dairy Diary.

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Ruby Beef Stew

A hearty dish which is perfect for an autumn dinner

Ruby Beef Stew

Serves 4
Time 135 mins plus marinating
Calories 431 per portion
Fat 24g of which 6.5g is saturated
Suitable for freezing

Finely chopped sage 1 tbsp
Finely chopped thyme 1 tbsp
Olive oil 4 tbsp
Lean braising steak 600g (1lb 5oz), cubed
Onions 2, peeled and chopped
Garlic 4 cloves, crushed
Smoked streaky bacon 4 rashers, cut into strips
Plum tomatoes 2 x 400g cans, drained
Bay leaves 2
Red wine 300ml (½ pint)
Garlic bread to serve, optional

1 Mix herbs with oil and season well with black pepper. Add meat, cover and marinate for a minimum of 6 hours.

2 Preheat oven to 160°C/325°F/Gas3 Brown meat and herbs in a large flameproof casserole for 5 minutes.

3 Add onions, garlic and bacon, stir and cook for a further 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, mashing with a spoon. Add bay leaves and wine. Cover and bake for 2 hours.

4 Remove bay leaves and serve hot with garlic bread.

 

Recipe taken from the Dairy Diary.

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