beef and onion braise

I promise my next task will be to improve my food photography and place the food rather than ‘dish it up’

Having shown the photo of my Beef and Onion braise on the Week that was I thought I’d share the recipe with you as it’s a WeightWatchers recipe book from the One Pot Meals book which I was sent before Christmas to review.

This recipe is 7 Propoints for an extra 5 Propoints you could serve with a baked potato.

I didn’t follow the recipe exactly, I added a bottle of stout to the cooking liquor and therefore added an extra 2 Propoints per serving and where WW cook it in the oven I did mine in the slow cooker.

Beef and onion braise – WeightWatchers recipe

calorie controlled cooking spray
3 small onions, cut into wedges
4 x 150g lean braising steaks trimmed of all visible fat
2 tbsps flour
400 ml beef stock
1 bottle of Stout 750 ml
300g carrots cut into thin strips
3 garlic cloves
2 tbsps Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp mixed herbs
350g mushrooms sliced
freshly ground black pepper

Spray a large non stick pan with cooking spray add the onions and cook for 4 minutes turning to colour on all sides. Place in slow cooker

beef and onion braise

Season the steaks with black pepper add to the pan and brown on all sides only to colour not to cook. Remove and add to the slow cooker

beef and onion braise

Sprinkle over 2 tbsps of plain flour and stir well. Add the stock and stir well. Add all the remaining ingredients and stir well to amalgamate well. Add a bottle of stout if you like. Here’s my Fuller’s Black Cab – not sponsored just loved the name and look of the bottle :)

Fullers Balck Cab stout

Place the lid and set on low cooking for 4 hours. Stir occasionally.

beef and onion braise

sausage and potato bakeHands up who else is trying to cut back on the calories and the spending this month after the onslaught of Christmas? I am that’s for sure and this dish is an easy one to prepare, nourishing and appeals to all of the family.

Sausage and potato bake

serves 4

1 pack of sausages
some mini chorizos (optional)
6 red potatoes cut into bite sized chunks
1 green pepper cut into bite sized chunks
1 red pepper cut into bite sized chunks
1 onion sliced into rings
2 garlic cloves
250ml chicken stock
olive oil
mixed herbs
salt and pepper
(I added some runner beans I had in the fridge too but they are not essential and need par-boiling too)

Preheat the oven to 200C

Put your potatoes in a pan of water and bring to the boil, simmer for ten minutes (par boil)

Meantime place all of the ingredients in a roasting tin or oven proof dish, add the potatoes once par boiled, season and place in the oven for 30 minutes. If you want crispier potatoes leave in for an extra 10/15 minutes.

sausage and potato bake


I can’t think of anything I love more than chocolate.

Milk chocolate is my favourite followed by dark if I have to and then white if that’s all that’s left in the house (which means its the girls’ but they won’t know!)

Apart from the bars of chocolate, any sweet with chocolate will do, especially Malteasers, Aero bars, Twix, Mars and MIlky Way to name a few. Revels, Munchies, Kit Kat to name a few more :)

Cakes, two layered in chocolate sponge sandwiched with chocolate cream.

White chocolate Cheesecake – sublime

Ice cream with chocolate sauce on top.

Any pudding with chocolate is difficult to not choose when given the dessert menu.

Chocolate wins hands down