Thursday, February 26, 2009

Honey, beef and beans from Mrs Pat O.

I remember the day I tasted this (I think I ate about a kg of it it was so good!), it was at the christening of a family friends baby son- James is about 15 now. It is great with mash potato, rice or couscous and freezes wonderfully. I have to puree the beans now as the kids won't eat it if they can actually see a bean but they still love the taste of it.
I have cooked it in the crock pot but I find the taste of it cooked in an old iron camping oven the best. (A camping oven is a thick cast iron pot with a lid that you can put directly on the hot coals of a fire or a European glass cook top!)

Honey, beef and beans.


• 2 level tablespoons of oil
• 2 extra level tablespoons of oil
• 3 level tablespoons of butter/margarine • 2 large onions, finely sliced
• 4 level tablespoons of flour
• salt and pepper for seasoning
• 1 kilogram of beef cut into fine strips
• 2 cups beef stock
• 4 tablespoons honey
• 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
• ½ cup vinegar
• 1 cup tomato sauce / ketchup
• 2 cans of beans (mixed or lima etc)
• 4 tablespoons chopped parsley
• 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger


Heat oil and butter and lightly pan fry onions in a heavy based pan (old iron skillet is the best), then remove from pan. Toss meat in seasoned flour and pan fry until lightly browned using extra oil. Add stock, honey, soy sauce, vinegar, ginger and tomato sauce (ketchup) and simmer on very low heat until meat is tender (60+ minutes). 10 minutes before serving fold through beans and parsley. Season with salt, pepper or extra honey if needed.

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