I started by just getting the cooking going, the beef cooking in a stock with some lentils, garlic and leek as a good base. I left that in the oven while I went to the shops and did the school pick-up.... and had a think about the flavour I wanted to end up with.
Finally, as I unpacked the shopping, I was inspired!!! A quick check on Google to see if there were other recipes with this combination and presto!
- 1kg diced beef
- 1-1.5 litres chicken stock
- 1 can lentils
- 2 medium leeks, sliced
- 1-2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 2-3 potatoes, peeled & diced
- 2 golden delicious* apples (because other apples are too high in Sals), peeled & diced
- 1 medium zucchini, peeled and grated*
- 1 tab brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon** (omit if sensitive to salicylates)
- 2 tabs plain flour
** Very High Salicylates
- Pre-heat oven 160 C
- Place stock, leeks, garlic, salt, lentils and beef into large stove top/oven proof casserole with lid
- Bring to boil on stove top
- Transfer to oven and allow to slow cook for about 2 hours
- I was actually a bit freaking out by now, with no clue what to do with this dish. I went out with Masters JR and JA, did some grocery shipping, picked up Ms D & Ms C from school and still didn't know what to do. Then I was inspired. The method I'm describing is how I did it in this circumstance.... perhaps the next steps could have been done earlier.
- Add potato, apple, zucchini to beef mix
- Combine sugar, cinnamon and flour and add some stock from the casserole, mixing to gradually form a paste and then a thin 'gravy'
- Add to the casserole, stirring well
- Return to oven until potatoes cooked, about 20-30 minutes
- Serve with green veg
Verdict: It's another success!!! Wow. Well, I suppose when you stick sugar in something, the kids will love it. It was reminiscent of spicy Moroccan dishes we used to enjoy in our pre-Failsafe days. Perhaps our palates are now so accustomed to less 'hyper-flavour' we can now enjoy something more subtle.
Tweeks: Mr frillypants and I agreed that this would be another great one with dumplings.
June 2011: I've realised that having cinnamon in a recipe on a Low-Sal blog is STOOPID... so what I'm doing today is putting aside some of the casserole for the Failsafer and then add the cinnamon to the rest of it for the rest of the (non-Failsafe) family. I normally have us all eat the same thing, this is just an 'out' for this one recipe. :) Just this once.