Showing posts from June, 2016

Pulled Beef Brisket Ragu

I took inspiration for this recipe from Donna Hay's slow cooked beef ragu pasta. I normally make my pasta sauces in large quantities (recipe here), and freeze the portions. I thought I would try something different and do a traditional ragu with braised beef instead. I wanted to use brisket as I know from previous experience it has the perfect ratio of fat to meat for pulling and thought it would work well in a ragu (I was right!!) most online recipes called for chuck steak, which is great for dicing into stews but thats not exactly what I wanted.

So thanks to Donna Hay, I've taken a few steps from her recipe and then put my own spin on it. Enjoy!

You will need... (makes 6 generous serves)
1kg beef brisket, outer fat layer trimmed, sliced into four pieces
plain flour for dusting
3 Tbs olive oil
salt and pepper
1/4 cup diced pancetta or bacon
1 large brown onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup red wine
2 cups salt-reduced beef stock
2 400gr tins diced Italian tomatoes
2 T…

Butter Chicken

I'm still practising with my slow cooker and butter chicken is next on my agenda! It was a bit easier to bring together then the Massaman beef that I cooked the week before but maybe thats just because I'm starting to get the hang of the slow cooker thing!

You will need...
1.5kg chicken thighs, diced
1 lemon, juiced
¼ cup yoghurt
1 tblsp ginger, grated
4 tblsp vegetable oil
1 tsp salt
4 small onions, peeled  and diced
4-5 cloves garlic, crushed
400g tin crushed tomatoes
75g unsalted butter, chopped
1 cup thickened cream
2 sprigs chopped coriander leaves
1 tsp salt

Spice mix:
4 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp cumin seeds
4 cardamom pods
4 cloves
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1 cinnamon quill


1. Prepare the spice mix by grinding all the spices (except the cinnamon quill) in a mortar and pestle until a powder. Remove cardamon husks.
2. Transfer to a bowl with the lemon juice, ginger, garlic, yoghurt and 2 tblsp of vegetable oil, stir to combine. Add chicken and mix well.  Ma…