Hi all, I got my bf the Ministry of Food Cookbook and have been trying some of the recipes. The results have been mixed, I have to say. He has this basic stew recipe which you can adapt to include beef, chicken, pork or lamb. I made the chicken stew last week and the beef stew last night.
The common ingredients are standard enough - , onion, celery, carrot, tin tomatoes. To make the beef stew, you add 500g beef, bay leaf and 500ml Guinness. The end result tasted too much of Guinness. The meat was lovely and tender but the tomato/Guinness combination didn't really work for me. If I'm making it again, I'll double the meat or half the Guinness.
Similarly for the chicken stew, you add 500g cubed chicken, thyme and 500ml white wine. Again, it was too winey, I thought. And the chicken was very dry.
The meatballs from the book were so so. You add crushed cream crackers to the meat mix. They make the balls hard to fry without burning the outside. Meatballs from the Avoca book are far nicer.
In contrast, I made Gordon Ramsey's Steak Diane from the Cookalong program and it was fantastic. Absolutely delicious.
Has anyone else tried the Ministry of Food recipes and if so, what did you think?