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Posted by on May 17, 2012 in Mains, My thoughts, Red meat | 6 comments

Beef goulash and a big announcement!

Beef goulash and a big announcement!

Last week I mentioned that my life might be turned upside down for a while but it wasn’t 100% confirmed yet. Well… now it has been. I am flying on Monday to the South of France to cook on board a yacht for four months. I kick off in Monaco for the Grand Prix and after that, I have no idea… but I have just bought a fabulous new camera with the expressed idea of taking loads of photos of my adventure.

I will be blogging whenever I get the time to write and the internet connection to upload!

But on that note – I am absolutely knackered from trying to pack in as many bookings as I can before I leave, and am off to one in half an hour, so today’s post is one which I really don’t think needs much introduction.  Beef goulash, who doesn’t love this hearty winter warmer!?

Slow braised beef goulash

Serves 6

1 Tbsp of olive oil

1 large onion, peeled and chopped

2 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped

800g of beef goulash chunks

1 x 400ml can of tomatoes

50g of tomato paste

250ml of beef stock

20g of dried mushrooms (porcini, chanterelle or shiitake are good)

1 cup of carrot, grated

½ tsp of black pepper

1 Tbsp of paprika

1 tsp of mild curry powder

1 tsp of mixed spice

2 tsp of salt (or to taste)

1 Tbsp of sugar (or to taste)

Heat the oil in a large pot and add the onions and garlic, frying them for a few minutes. Add the beef and brown the meat for few minutes. Add the all the remaining ingredients, except the salt and sugar, and leave on a very low simmer for 3 – 4 hours.

Add water as needed while the stew is cooking so that it doesn’t dry out. Season with salt and sugar to taste and serve with rice, potatoes or crusty bread.



  1. Oh!! How exciting! Bon voyage and best of luck – what an adventure lies ahead!! E xxx

    • Thanks Elaine! So many mixed emotions right now but am trying to focus on the excitement!

  2. Oh wow, that sounds awesome… the boat part and the goulash. I hope you find your sea legs soon and have an adventure that nothing compares too. Lots of love Kelly

    • Thanks Kelly – I will be popping sea sick tabs like smarties – really hope I get over it quick! <br />Been quite some time since I&#39;ve been on an adventure, am really excited (a sh1t scared too ;-)!

  3. Wow – what an incredible gastronomic adventure! Onboard a yacht in the South of France!! Bon voyage! Look forward to your blogs from that side!

    • I can&#39;t wait to explore the markets and stores there! Hope the frenchies aren&#39;t too rude to me ;-0! <br />My camera is itching to get some Mediterranean light!

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