A deliciously comforting recipe for Pepperpot Stew in collaboration with Simply Beef and Lamb, and why should all be embracing hygge
I’ve always been one for battening down the hatches during the winter months; cuddling up on the sofa with blankets and candles and of course bucket loads of comfort food…after all the cold months are our chance to catch our breath and embrace the essence of cosiness!
Unbeknown to me I think I’ve been living a very ‘hygee’ (hoo-gah) style, I just didn’t know there was a word for it.
Don’t know what hygge is? It is a Danish concept around creating a warm, friendly atmosphere and taking pleasure in, and enjoying the good things around you…sounds lovely doesn’t it!
As a big foodie, pure comfort will of course always involve food, and what could be more welcoming than a steaming bowl of stew. This pepperpot stew recipe from Simply Lamb and Beef is a hug in a bowl. It’s full of flavour, it’s hot, it’s so easy to make it’s ridiculous and it’s one of those recipes that you can very nearly forget you’ve prepared until you smell the gorgeous aromas wafting around the house and your tummy starts rumbling…
I have to admit I love meaty dishes but it’s really important when choosing beef or lamb to look out for a quality mark like the Red Tractor logo – it means the meat is farm assured and responsibly produced by people dedicated to providing great food
Simply Beef and Lamb’s winter recipes are quick and easy to prepare and the perfect way to add hygge to our lives, they’ll warm up the darkest and coldest of winter nights and inspire cosy nights in with friends and family.
This week we’ve really been embracing the good things; house sitting for a friend in the middle of nowhere, which has meant long walks in woods, lots of mud, hot baths, mugs of hot chocolate, log fires and blankets, and of course hot tasty food, doesn’t it sound bliss. It has been!
So to inspire you to have a hygge-themed dinner I’m sharing one of six Hygge recipes from Simply Beef and Lamb to get you into the mood, it’s slowed cook beef with ginger, garlic, chilli, butternut squash, beans and spinach in a rich gravy and served with chunks of fresh bread.
Pepperpot Stew Recipe
- 450g/1lb lean boneless stewing beef, such as shin, cut into 2.5cm/1inch cubes
- 2 sprigs fresh thyme leaves
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed OR 5ml/1tsp garlic purée
- 1 x 2.5cm/1inch piece fresh root ginger, peeled and chopped OR 10ml/2tsp ginger purée
- 2 medium onions, peeled and chopped OR 1 x 450g pack chopped onions
- 1 fresh red chilli, deseeded and chopped or a large pinch dried chilli flakes
- 700ml/1¼pint good, hot beef stock
- Salt and freshly milled black pepper
- 450g/1lb potatoes, peeled and into small cubes
- 225g/8oz pumpkin or butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and cut into small cubes
- 200ml/7floz light coconut milk
- 1 x 400g can red kidney or butter beans, drained
- 150g/5½oz baby spinach leaves or kale
- Place all the ingredients except the potatoes, pumpkin or squash, beans, coconut milk and spinach in 1.7L/3pint heatproof casserole pot
- Increase the heat and bring the ingredients to a boil, reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally
- Add the potatoes, pumpkin and coconut milk.
- Cover and cook for 30 minutes.
- minutes before the end of the cooking time add the beans.
- Adjust the seasoning, if required.
- Remove from the heat and add the spinach.
- Spoon into soup bowls and serve with warm crusty bread.
Do you already do things the hygge way, how do you embrace it and get through winter? Do you have a go to comfort food recipe?
Don’t forget to check out the recipes on Simply Beef and Lamb and always look out for the Red Tractor logo.
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Post written in partnership with Simply Beef and Lamb