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Irish Stew

St Patricks Day Traditional Irish Stew

There are only four ingredients to Irish Stew making it a very low cost meal. With potatoes being the main ingredient a typical bowl of Stew is enough as one serving but the great thing about this recipe is that it still tastes good when re-heated.

2 large onions
4 large Carrots
½ stewing steak / mince or lamb
8 large potatoes
Salt & pepper (personal preference)

How to make Traditional Irish stew

Wash and cut onions into moderate size chunks and add to the pot. (dont like onions? Do not worry, this can still be cooked without onions).
Wash carrots and cut into chunks (some prefer thicker chunks for taste).
Wash and peel the potatoes (spuds) then cut each one in half.
Slice the meat into smaller pieces. If using stewing mince roll into meatballs.
Get a large pot and fill it with water. Add the potatoes and meat.
Heat pot until water boils then add carrots and onions.
Keep on a low boil and stir every now and then until vegetables are cooked.
Serve hot!
Cooking time for the Irish stew should be approximately 60 minutes or when the meat is fully cooked and the potatoes are soft inside (check using a fork) but there is no harm in keeping it on a very low heat for longer. It can also be reheated to be served later.

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Homemade Baked Beans

Not only are these baked beans good for brunch but they make a great accompaniment to pork sausages to serve later in the day.

Thanks to Kathy Paterson


2 Tbsp Olive oil
1 Onion, chopped
1 clove Garlic, finely sliced
1 Red pepper, cut into 2cm dice
1 can Chopped tomatoes, 400g, in juice
½ tsp Smoked paprika, I used bittersweet
1 Bay leaf
1 can Borlotti beans, 400g, drained and rinsed
1 drizzle Liquid honey, amount to taste + add to shopping list


Heat the olive oil in a heavy-based saucepan over a low heat and add the onion and garlic.
Cook slowly for 10 minutes to soften the onion and garlic without colouring.
Add the diced red pepper, chopped tomatoes, paprika and bay leaf. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Cook, covered, for 10-15 minutes until the red pepper is soft.
Add the borlotti beans and heat through. Sweeten to your taste with honey.

Serving suggestions
Serve with toast topped with avocado, that's been mashed with a little lemon juice, sliced tomato, basil leaves and salt and freshly ground black pepper. Or serve with grilled bacon and poached or fried eggs.


Dams in NZ

After years of drought California finally has finally had some rain, unfortunately it has meant the second largest dam in the country has faced a catastrophic failure with erosion of the spillway. Thousands of residents downstream have been evacuated as engineers try to fix the breach before more storms arrive. Luke talked with Peter Lilley from Trustpower about the safety of Dams in NZ.