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Recipe of the Week: Gingered Beef Casserole

The perfect comfort food. Let this casserole warm up your November weekend.

Gingered Beef Casserole

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Calories 416 per portion
Fat 21g (4g sat) per portion
Suitable for freezing


  • Sunflower oil 1 tbsp
  • Diced stewing beef 500g (1lb 2oz)
  • Onion 1, peeled and chopped
  • Plain flour 1 tbsp
  • Ginger beer 500ml (18fl oz)
  • Beef stock 300ml (½ pint)
  • Worcestershire sauce 1 tbsp
  • English mustard 1 tsp
  • Carrots 350g (12oz), peeled, halved lengthways, thickly sliced
  • Pearl barley 110g (4oz)


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C(160°fan)/350°F/Gas 4. Heat oil in a large frying pan, add beef and fry, stirring, for 3 minutes. Add onion and fry, stirring, until meat is browned and onion has softened.
  2. Stir in flour then gradually mix in ginger beer and stock. Add Worcestershire sauce, mustard, carrots and barley, then season. Bring up to boil, stirring.
  3. Transfer to an ovenproof casserole dish, cover and bake for 2 hours until meat is tender.

Read Gingered Beef Casserole recipe on the Dairy Diary website

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Beat the winter blues

This week’s Dairy Diary recipe is Slow Beef Curry, which is just perfect for the time of year.

Over the last week we have had such awful weather – with winds playing havoc all over the UK – I think that we all deserve some warming, comfort food.

January is a difficult month. Many of us think we need to cut back and live on salad after the excesses of Christmas but in reality we all feel like tucking in to something hot and wholesome.

My answer to this is to do lots of zumba and make lots of soup!

In fact, I am currently contemplating a soup maker. Does anyone have one? Are they worth the investment or will it just end up gathering dust like my slow cooker and bread maker?!

I guess you just can’t beat a good old saucepan and stick blender. What time saving devices do you have and are they useful? I would love to know.

Slow Beef Curry recipe from Dairy Diary 2012

Slow Beef Curry
Warming, comfort food for winter days.

Dairy Diary recipe.


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Slow Beef Curry

Slow Beef Curry recipe from Dairy Diary 2012

Warming, comfort food that’s perfect for winter days

Serves 6
Time 2 hrs 5 mins plus marinating
Calories 266 per portion
Fat 6g of which 2.5g is saturated
Suitable for freezing

Plain yogurt 150g (5oz)
Garlic 1 clove, peeled and crushed
Curry powder 1 tbsp
Lean stewing beef 680g (1½lb), cubed
Milk 150ml (¼ pint)
Tomatoes 400g can
Beef stock 150ml (¼ pint)
Ready-to-eat dried tropical fruit 175g (6oz)
Cornflour 25g (1oz)
Steamed rice to serve, optional
Coriander to garnish

1 Blend yogurt, garlic and curry powder in a bowl and stir in beef. Leave to marinate for at least 1 hour.

2 Place beef and its marinade in a large pan. Add milk, tomatoes, stock and fruit. Cover, bring almost up to boil and simmer for 2 hours or until tender.

3 Blend cornflour with a little milk, stir into curry and heat until sauce thickens and boils. Cook for 1 minute and serve with steamed rice, if using, and garnish with coriander leaves.

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Cinnamon Toast

A comforting treat; perfect for an autumnal evening in front of the fire.

Cinnamon Toast from the Dairy Diary 2011Serves 3
Time 5 mins
Calories 374 per portion
Fat 15g of which
9g is saturated
Suitable for vegetarians

Light soft brown sugar 4 tbsp
Cinnamon 1 tsp
Butter 50g (2oz), softened
White bread 6 slices

1 Mix sugar with cinnamon and softened butter. Toast bread slices on both sides.

2 Spread one side of toast with butter mixture, cut in half and serve hot.

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