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Winter Warmth Challenge Week 4

Winter Warmth Challenge Week 4

Dinner with Friends

Sharing stories over a meal is the ultimate warmth.

We believe it's a human desire to commune with others. Be it with food or not. To get to get together and share stories, recipes and laughter is a fundamental desire we all need filled on the regular. During a time of cold weather, loneliness can creep in and take over. Fight back those feelings with friends!

So, that's your challenge this week! Give one of your friend groups a call and have them over for dinner. Be sure to already have days and times in mind. Don't leave that up in the air or it won't happen. 

It's a funny thing about friends, they want to spend time with you too. Don't sit around and wait for something to happen. Go and make plans! 

Jamie Oliver's Melt-in-your-mouth Stew
This is our go-to stew recipe. The added cinnamon is just spot on. Warms the whole dish up so well.
  • olive oil
  • 2 red onions , peeled and roughly chopped
  • 3 carrots , peeled and roughly chopped
  • 3 sticks celery , trimmed and roughly chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic , unpeeled
  • a few sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 small handful dried porcini
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 2 lbs of Stew Beef
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 can of good-quality canned whole tomatoes
  • ⅔ bottle Red Wine
Preheat your oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4. In a heavy-bottomed ovenproof saucepan, heat a splash of olive oil and gently fry the onions, carrots, celery, garlic, herbs, porcini and cinnamon for 5 minutes until softened slightly. Meanwhile, toss the pieces of beef in a little seasoned flour, shaking off any excess. Add the meat to the pan and stir everything together, then add the tomatoes, wine and a pinch of salt and pepper. Gently bring to the boil, cover with a double-thickness piece of tinfoil and a lid and place in your preheated oven for 3 hours or until the beef is meltingly tender and can be broken up with a spoon. Taste and check the seasoning, remove the cinnamon stick and rosemary sprigs and serve.
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