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WIN A £50 SAINSBURY'S CHRISTMAS FOOD VOUCHER


With the holidays coming up, it’s always nice to get a little help making all the meals—who doesn’t appreciate having someone to keep an eye on the stovetop or lend a hand mashing potatoes during this busy time of year? 

Well, the good people of Sainsbury’s can’t necessarily be in the kitchen with you, but they can help you host a party or prep the big meal—they’re giving away a £50 voucher, which I think would be a HUGE help for everyone planning menus right now! Below, see one of my favourite recipes for busy working mums. It’s flavourful, no-fuss, feeds a crowd, and can sit for a day or so before serving. Enjoy!

To be in with the chance of winning all you’ve got to do is share this giveaway on TWITTER or FACEBOOK by December 24th 2014 to be entered to win! Complete the other entries for a better chance of winning. Open to UK residents only. The winner will be announced via Facebook.

Good luck! 
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Irish-style Beef Stew

6 servings 
2 hours total cooking time 

Ingredients 

1½kg stewing beef, cut into cubes 
175g streaky  bacon
3 Tbsp  olive oil
12 baby  onions, peeled 
18 button  mushrooms, whole 
3  carrots, cut into quarters 
1 Tbsp chopped  thyme
2 Tbsp chopped  parsley
10 cloves of  garlic, crushed 
425ml red wine
425ml chicken or  beef stock
Salt and pepper to taste 
50g  butter
50g  flour
Champ, to serve

Method

1. Brown the beef and bacon in the olive oil in a hot casserole dish or heavy saucepan. 

2. Remove the meat (don’t worry if it’s not cooked all through) and toss in the onions, mushrooms and carrots, one ingredient at a time, seasoning each time. 

3. Place everything back in the dish, along with herbs and garlic. 

4. Cover with red wine and stock and simmer for one hour, OR until the meat and vegetables are cooked. 

5. To make the roux, in a separate pan melt the butter, add the flour and cook for two minutes. 

6. When the stew is cooked, remove the meat and vegetables. 

7. Bring the remaining liquid to the boil and add one Tbsp of roux. 

8. Whisk the mixture until the roux is broken up and the juices have thickened, allowing to boil. 

9. Replace the meat and vegetables, and taste for seasoning. 

10. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve with champ. 

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158 comments

  1. Turkey for me too - I look forward to it all year :)

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  2. Pigs in blankets!

    Stacey Guilliatt

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  3. Christmas Pudding and Brandy butter

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  4. Fruit cake!!!! My very fav :) x

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  5. Roast potatoes - they're the business. Suzanne McC

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  6. Roast potatoes! Fill most of my plate with them!

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  7. Fiona Louise McGlone9 December 2014 at 21:39

    Has to be the Turkey. YumYum

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  8. Christmas pudding & rum sauce, I look forward to it every year!! xx

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  9. Well its just not Christmas without the turkey

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  10. Roast potatoes and cranberry sauce!

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  11. Boring, but a decent gravy as it can make anything taste good!

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  12. Oh it's all my favorites. Turkey, stuffing, gravy, mash potatoes I love it all! Christmas Day is so scrumptious. Fabulous giveaway hunny. Thanks.

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  13. Pigs in blanket and chocolate! :D

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  14. Roast potatoes :)

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  15. Pigs in blankets = they are the best part!

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  16. christmas pud & brandy cream

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  17. Some kind of fowl is certainly nice - chicken, turkey, duck, goose.

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  18. Christmas cake

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  19. Charlotte Batkins10 December 2014 at 18:35

    pigs in blankets

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  20. Proper gravy :-)

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  21. Chocolates! Its a long Christmas thing for me to sit down in the evening with my feet up, TV on and a tin of chocolates for all family members to munch on whilst laughing at the Royle Family!

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  22. We always have to have pandoro on Christmas Day

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  23. Roasties!

    @rachiegr

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  24. Roast potatoes - mashed swede and carrots comes a close second though ;o) Rafflecopter entries are in my real name NIKKI HAYES

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  25. Apricot stuffing and turkey

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  26. Pigs in blankets - so yummy

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  27. Turkey. It wouldn't be Christmas without it.

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  28. Turkey! I look forward to Christmas turkey all year long.

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  29. pigs in blanket - never have them apart from xmas so can't not have them!

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  30. Roast potatoes!

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  31. Curry! Thats our Christmas dinner every year!

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  32. The full traditional turkey dinner, Christmas pudding and Bucks Fizz for breakfast!

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  33. Definitely pigs in blankets! delish!

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  34. other than turkey it would be honey roast parsnips :)

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  35. sprouts and chestnuts (in a bowl together so technically one ) :O)

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  36. Roast chicken (we do chicken instead of turkey and it's lovely!)

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  37. Definitely turkey. I'd stockpile turkeys for the rest of the year if I had the space and the extra cash. Love Turkey 😉 x

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  38. Christmas pudding :)
    Lovely giveaway, thank you. x

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  39. Hmm, I'm going to be cheeky and say two, bread sauce and cranberry sauce :)

    Georgina
    Mummy Pixie

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  40. hello fab giveaway just whats needed this time of year !
    i couldnt live without roast potatoes !!! :) merry xmas

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  41. After eights!

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  42. I only eat the roast potatoes with gravy, yum

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  43. A difficult on as its one of my favourite meals and i like everything but i'll go for my mums home made gravy made with turkey and vegtable stock and tastes delicious

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  44. pigs in blankets - its the only time of year we have them!

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  45. Walnuts and brazil nuts

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  46. Pigs in blankets

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  47. Skirlie. It is an oat-based stuffing type food served with the roast dinner.....and absolutely the best thing about it all :) x

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  48. 'Turkey, Merry Christmas' x

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  49. Roast potatoes. They're non-negotiable.

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  50. Turkey we only have it once a year, but Xmas would not be Xmas without it

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  51. We have a chicken instead of a turkey so that's my answer!

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  52. Wine. That's the one item of food I couldn't do without.

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  53. Bread Sauce - nectar of the gods that stuff is! :)

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  54. Bread sauce!!

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  55. what ever the question..roast potatoes is always the answer!!! merry christmas x

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