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This stew mix is based upon the recipes of Thomas Dawson from the times of William Shakespeare and Elizabeth I. The rich flavour of spice evokes the age of discovery. To be historically accurate, try making it with ale or cider & then serve it on ‘sops’ (chunks of bread), and try some Pea Pottage with it; or it is equally good served alongside modern vegetables.

1596 Stew Mix

  • (serves 6):

    1. Brown 900g of beef in 1 tbsp oil in a casserole dish.

    2. Add all the stew mix, stir & fry for 1 min.

    3. Add 900ml of ale, cider, wine, or stock, & bring to the boil.

    4. Cover with a lid & place in the oven at 150°C for 2 ½ to 3 ½ hrs, checking that it doesn’t go dry.

    (Reduce the amount of liquid if using a slow cooker)

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