Hallowe’en Feast: III

Ok we’ve got a starter and a delicious cheesecake dessert, now for the main course. There’s Pumpkin stew adapted from a recipe by Nigel Slater and Beef and Guinness Casserole for if you’re one of those crazies who isn’t a vegetarian.

Pumpkin Stew

40g/1½oz butter
2 onions, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 stick celery, chopped
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp cumin
1 clove garlic, chopped
400g chickpeas
1.2litres/2pints 2fl oz vegetable stock
600g/1lb 5oz assorted pumpkin
250 ml of red wine
4 tbsp sour cream
1) In a large pan melt the butter and then add chopped onions, carrot, celery and garlic.

2) When they’re soft (15-20 minutes) add the chickpeas, spices and stock .

3)Bring to the boil then leave to simmer.

4) Add the pumpkin or squash and simmer for 30 – 40 minutes.

5) To make the stew creamier, remove a small bowlful to a food processor and blitz it with 200ml/2fl oz of stock. Pour it back in and the stew becomes instantly more velvety. Season to taste

6) Serve the stew in bowls, finishing each helping off with a spoonful of sour cream.

Beef and Guinness Casserole.

This is probably the best ever winter meal. I miss eating it so very much.


2 large onions , diced
2 large carrots diced
a few sprigs thyme
1 garlic clove , crushed
olive oil
1kg braising steak , cut into chunks
6 tbsp plain flour , well seasoned
500ml Guinness
beef stock fresh, cube or concentrate made up to 250ml

1) Toss your cubed beef in the seasoned flour and then fry in batches till golden. Put to one side.

2) Cook the onion, thyme and garlic till softened. Then add the seared beef.

3) Pour in the Guinness and enough stock to cover

4) Cover and simmer over a low heat for at least an hour preferably two or three.

Oh and you’re going to want some champ to go with that.

Boil a pan of potatoes. While that’s happening chop some spring onions and put them in a pan with some milk and butter. Cook over a low heat. Once you’re potatoes and spring onions are cooked mash the potatoes and add the spring onion mix and plenty of salt and pepper. Then put it in a casserole dish, sprinkle some cheese on top and put under the grill for a few minutes.


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