Goram Dad’s Day Dinner

It’s Father’s Day today; unlike Mothering Sunday, which is usually called Mother’s Day now, it does not have a long history but I can’t pin down when it first began to be celebrated in the UK. I don’t remember it as long as I lived at home and I always had the feeling that it was promoted as a commercial thing for card and gift manufactures – but maybe I’m wrong and there was a popular movement towards it, following after the US traditions. However, ever since my husband became a dad, we’ve always celebrated it, even when the first born was only old enough to make a painty handprint inside a card I’d got! Now it’s an important event in our house; both children being absent today, we’re celebrating as a family tomorrow, but today I made a special breakfast and a nice meal for husband.

I pondered on what to cook for dinner, and in the end settled on a favourite of his, a nice beef stew. I made it with beer, Goram from Butcombe Brewery, and I must say I was quite pleased with it, but more to the point, so was he!

Goram Dad’s Day Dinner

  • i lb stewing streak (or any meat you like)
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 leek, sliced
  • 2 carrots in rings
  • 2 cloves of garlic, or more or less or none if you don’t like it
  • 2 stock cubes/stock pots or your own stock
  • plain seasoned flour
  • 1 bottle of Goram or your preferred beer
  • Heinz tomato sauce or whatever you have
  • salt and pepper to season
  1. fry the onions, garlic and leeks in oil/butter/lard/your preference
  2. removed the onions, leeks and garlic from the pan
  3. coat the meet in the seasoned flour and fry in the pan used for the vegetables, adding ore oil/butter etc if needed
  4. when the meat is browned, tip the vegetables back into the pan, storring gently and fry together for a few minutes
  5. add the stock and the beer, stir well
  6. add the carrots
  7. add a couple of squirts of tomato sauce (not to make it tomatoey, just to add a little sweetness against the beer, and a little sharpness)
  8. bring to the boil then turn down and cook on a low heat for about 90 mins, or put in a slow oven and for at least 2hours

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