Eating local means eating what is in season – and luckily Augusta Margaret River has a wide range of produce available over winter.  Try your hand at this recipe, where all ingredients are sourced from within 100km of Margaret River.  High quality, low food miles, good times!

Wintery Warming Beef Stew 

Ingredients

1 x Geo Organics Beef Stewing steak cubed (approx 1kg)

2 x onions diced roughly (Manjimup fruit & veg)

1 x large beetroot diced (Mammone’s fruit & veg or Manji fruit & veg)

2 x parsnip OR 1 Kohlrabi diced (Manji Fruit & veg)

1/2 finely chopped deseeded chilli (Mario from McCleod Creek or Manji Fruit & Vege)

Olive oil – a big dollop, the more the merrier (Uralba Eco Farm, Agonis Ridge or Karridale Olive Farm)

Fresh thyme, sage & 3 fresh or dry whole bay leaves (Oasis Hydro or your garden) (2 tablespoons of the chopped herbs)

1 cup (250ml)  local red wine

1 x pouch (500ml) of beef stock (Lazy Susan Meals) and another 400ml of water

Tubb’s Roasted garlic salt to taste (no need for pepper because we used chilli)

Fresh Italian parsley chopped (Mammones’, Oasis Hydro or your own garden)

 

Method:

In a heated saute pan (that has a lid), put approx 2 tablespoons of olive oil…, add the onions, brown/caramelise the onions, add the seeded chilli in the last few minutes of browning onions.

Then add the cubed beef (no need to flour). Cook the beef and onions down for about ten minutes on a medium heat.

Add the diced parsnip and beetroot and cook down for another 5 minutes…. then add the wine… simmer for another 5 or so minutes…. Then add the fresh herbs and the stock, the Tubb Roasted garlic salt to taste (approx teaspoon) and the water.

Put the heat on as low as you can;  put the lid on and simmer…. for 3 hours, checking every now and then to see if any more liquid is required. This can also be put in the oven for 3 hours on 150 – 160C. The meat will melt in your mouth! When serving, make sure the seasoning is good and sprinkle with fresh parsley.

Crispy Roast Potatoes

1 kg of Peter Horne’s organic potatoes

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Karridale Olive Farm, Agonis Ridge or Uralba Eco Farm)

TUBB Roasted Garlic salt.

Method:

Cut the potatoes to a similar size and boil till soft; drain well.

Then put cooked potatoes into a baking dish, smash them up a bit and then drizzle with lots of good olive oil making sure all potatoes are covered… sprinkle with garlic salt and then roast (oven on 210C) till crispy.