Mexican Beef Stew Recipe

Mexican Beef Stew Recipe

    Delicious and hearty Mexican beef stew – perfect comfort food for those cooling early autumn nights!   Ingredients: 1 kg grass-fed gravy beef, cut into 1 inch cubes 1/2 tsp cumin powder 1/2 tsp ground chilli 1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper 1 tsp dried oregano 1 tbsp sweet paprika 1/2 tsp ground ginger 2 bay leaves 2 tsp honey salt & pepper to taste (no need to hold back on the salt) 1 capsicum, seeded and finely diced chillies to taste (Habanero & Cayenne, others will work too) 1 large onion, finely diced  cloves garlic, finely diced 2 carrots, finely diced 2 stalks celery, medium cut 1 cup good quality chicken stock (beef would work too) 1 can whole peeled tomatoes (drain liquid and only use tomatoes) 2 tbsp tomato paste Please keep in mind that the flavour depends a lot on the quality of the ingredients, e.g. how sweet are the capsicums, how hot are the chillies, etc. Taste often and adjust flavour to suit your taste as you go!   Instructions: Pre-heat oven to 180C. Brown the meat in a heavy based oven dish/crock pot. Set aside. Sautee onions and garlic until translucent, add ground spices and cook for a couple of minutes stirring. Transfer beef back to the pot. Add stock, tomato paste, vegetables, and all remaining ingredients. Bring to a simmer. Fit lid (or foil if using a pan) and place in the oven. Cook for 3 hrs or longer. Note: if you’re slow cooking it, use 160C instead and cook overnight. When meat is tender, remove from oven and balance flavours using honey...
Comfort food recipe: cauliflower mash

Comfort food recipe: cauliflower mash

Just because you’ve decided to go paleo doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy comfort food on a cold winter night! Instead of potato mash, why not trying to make some delicious cauliflower mash to ramp up the comforting level of your usual steak and salad? Recipe: Ingredients: 1/2 cauliflower, cut up and steamed very soft 1 tbsp olive oil/lard/etc salt white pepper 3-4 cloves of garlic, very finely minced   Instructions: Wash and cut cauliflower into florets and steam until soft. Don’t worry about over-steaming the cauliflower as plenty of moisture is going to make the mashing easier and the end result creamier. Once steamed, measure in other ingredients and mash until smooth and creamy. Serve with pretty much anything – delicious, healthy and so very comforting on a cold winter night! Tip: Cauliflower also works as a rice alternative for curries.  Steam until al-dente. Don’t add any additional ingredients and instead of mashing into a creamy mash, just use a fork to achieve a rougher texture.  ...