This post is going to be a Beef and Guinness stew pressure cooker recipe but before I move on to that I feel the need to catch up! Where have I been? What have I been doing?
Well, I love my not-so-new-anymore job, I feel as if I have settled into the role and got to know my colleagues who are all really lovely. I am so lucky to be working with such a kind bunch of gals and guys. They are all incredibly inspirational and I love being amongst them in their group and working together for a main goal.
School life has been very busy, we’ve had Stone Age dress up days, Zoo lab days, School Valentine’s disco and many other appointments that all required some of my time to get something prepared. We managed but now we have had a last minute surprise for World Book Day on Thursday so I’m going to have to come up with something for that too now.
Another big decision I took was to drop the girls swimming lesson on Mondays. We attend Brownies on Tuesday, Dance on Wednesday and Performing Arts on a Saturday morning so I felt the swimming could go and we could grab back our Monday evenings for a chilled at home evening.
Half term came and went and the twins enjoyed their first ever Brownie pack holiday. It was themed Charlie and the Chocolate Factory which as you can imagine was perfect, Brown Owl and Barn Owl had gone to a lot of trouble organising a lot of really fun activities for them, in fact, the girls returned home incredibly happy but exhausted, it’s taken a week to get back to normal! Whilst they were away the husband and I spent a cheeky overnight in Canterbury which was lovely. That’s another post in the wings waiting to be completed!
We have been the lucky recipients of a Sage Smart Scoop recently! The most amazing ice cream maker in the world and whilst we have been trying a recipe or two out of the manual to make sure we have the hang of it I have already come up with a fabulous idea (I hope) for Mother’s Day, I’m just waiting on a couple of special ingredients to arrive – watch this space! I’m warning you there might be a bit of an ice cream takeover going on in Mari’s World this year.
Talking of Sage appliances, today I am posting one of my favourite recipes that I use in the Fast Slow Pro pressure cooker, a Beef and Guinness stew with lots of carrots, I also made a Colcannon mash to serve with it and it went down a treat. With St Patrick’s Day coming at us fast, this recipe is simple and delicious too. I do hope you enjoy it.
Beef and Guinness stew
- olive oil
- 1 kg stewing beef cut into large chunks
- 1 onion diced
- 10 carrots cut into large pieces
- 2 tbsp flour
- 1 can of Guinness - or other stout
- 1 beef stock cube
- salt and pepper
- pinch sugar
- 3 bay leaves
- 3 large potatoes peeled and cut into quarters
- 300g spring greens - chopped and boiled
- salt and pepper
- Heat the oil in the pressure cooker and brown the meat on all sides then remove to a plate with any juices.
- Add another drop of oil to the pressure cooker and fry off the onions and carrots until soft and golden.
- Add the flour to the onions and stir well
- Return the meat and any juices to the pan and pour over the Guinness. Crumble the stock cube in and add the remaining seasonings.
- Close the lid, bring up to high pressure and cook for 30 minutes. release the pressure slowly.
- Boil the potatoes in salted water until soft. In a separate pan boil the spring greens until soft.
- Mash the potato with a knob of butter and a splash of milk and once seasoned to your taste add the finely chopped spring greens and stir in well.
- To Serve: Place a spoonful or two of mash in a bowl and add a ladle or two of the stew to the side