By Sally Cinello 2021


2 Tablespoons oil 

500gm Diced beef 

1 Medium Brown Onion, diced thickly 

3 Tablespoons plain flour

1 Can chopped tomatoes

200ml Beef stock

200ml Smooth Talker Porter 

2 Large carrots, sliced into 1/2 cm discs 

3 Large Potatoes, peeled & cut into 2cm cubes

3 Bay leaves

Salt & Pepper 



  1. Heat some of the oil in a large saucepan & brown the beef in batches, this will ensure the meat is braised/browned nicely as opposed to steamed. Place the beef aside on a plate. 
  2. In the saucepan you’ve just browned the meat in, add a little more oil if needed & fry the onion until golden. 
  3. Add the beef back in with the onions & add the flour, stirring until the flour has soaked up the oil & coated the meat. Cook for a few minutes. 
  4. Add the stock, canned tomatoes & Sydney Porter, slowly stirring as you do to make a nice gravy without lumps. 
  5. Add the carrots, potatoes, bay leaves and stir to ensure the liquid covers meat & vegetables.
  6. Season with salt/pepper to your individual taste. 
  7. Boil for 10 minutes & then transfer to a slow cooker & cook on low for 6 hours plus to tenderise the meat. If you’d prefer to do it on the stove then you need to add more stock (about 100ml) & simmer for an hour or so, until the meat is tender & veggies cooked. 

Serve with fresh bread, dumplings, savoury scones or tastes just as good with rice or any leftovers go well in a pie.