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Beef Damson Pots

Serves: 4-6


450g/1lb lean beef braising steak cubes
15ml/1tbsp seasoned flour
30ml/2tbsp oil
1 stick celery, cut into chunks
1 onion, peeled and chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
2 parsnips, peeled and cut into big wedges
2 star anise
10 green peppercorns, optional
600ml/1pint damson or red wine
30ml/2tbsp damson jam
12-15 fresh damsons or red plums, stoned and halved


1. Preheat the oven to Gas mark 4-5, 180-190oC, 350-375oF.
2. Mix the damson or red wine and the damson jam and pour over the vegetables, season, bring to the boil.
3. Transfer to an ovenproof casserole and cook for 11/2 hours until meat is tender. 30 minutes before end of cooking time stir in the damsons or plums. Remove star anise before serving.
4. Serve with rustic brown bread to mop up the lovely juices and a bowl of seasonal vegetables.