Braised Lagan Farm beef in red wine

12th October 2012


800g beef topside or round shoulder (ask our butchers for help!)
20ml oil
1 carrot, fresh thyme. fresh rosemary, 1 small onion, 1 stick celery, 1 tbsp tomato puree
60g bacon trimmings – blanched
1 garlic clove with skin on
200g fresh tomatoes cut into quarters
500ml of red wine
500ml stock


  1. Season the meat with salt & pepper and heat oil in pan, when hot add the meat to the pan and brown.  When fully coloured remove from pan
  2. Add the all the other ingredients to the pan and gently cook until soft.
  3. Add the stock to the pan and stir well.  Reduce the liquid until it resembles syrup and then add the meat and wine.
  4. Cover the pan and braise the meat at 180c/Gas 4 for approx 1 1/2 hours, turning occasionally.
  5. Remove the meat from the pan and reduce the sauce (you may need to add a little cornstarch here)
  6. Strain the sauce and skim the fat, season to taste adding a little more of the stock.
  7. Carve the meat and place on serving dish, cover with a small quantity of the sauce before serving.
  8. Garnish with blanched carrots, baby leeks, mange tout, pear onions – or similar vegetables of your choice.

Beef Brisket Sandwiches with Bourbon BBQ Sauce

26th July 2012

Beef brisket is a budget cut, ideal for feeding a crowd. Here, it’s slow cooked, tossed with a bourbon bbq sauce and put into soft buns. Use this ‘Master’ bbq sauce as a great basic recipe and add extras like bourbon, chipotle or citrus to ‘tweak’ it depending on your preferences.


  • 1.5kg beef brisket from Lagan Farm Shop
  • Olive oil
  • 1 tsp Celery seeds
  • 2 tsp Mustard powder
  • 1 tsp Onion salt
  • 1 tsp Garlic salt
  • 1 tbsp golden castor sugar
  • 10 soft white rolls
  • 100ml bourbon whiskey

For the ‘Master’ bbq sauce

  • Olive oil
  • 1 small diced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic – chopped
  • 500ml passata
  • 3 tbsp tomato puree
  • 150ml cider vinegar
  • 125g soft brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp hot chilli powder (more if you like it really hot!)
  • 2 tsp celery salt
  • 1tbsp paprika
  • 3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce


  1. To make the bbq sauce, heat 1 tbsp oil in a large saucepan. Add the onion and garlic, cook until soft. Add all other ingredients and bring to the boil, turn down heat and simmer for 15 mins
  2. Heat the oven to 150c /fan130c/gas 2. Rub the meat with some olive oil, sprinkle the spices on both sides and put in a baking dish with a shallow rack. Pour some water in the bottom and cover with foil. Cook for 4-5 hours until really tender and flaky.
  3. Pull apart the meat with a fork and discard any extra fat. Put the bourbon whiskey and sauce in a pan and mix well then add the shredded meat and heat through. Serve in soft white rolls (a nice extra touch is to add pickles).

Cottage Pie

20th April 2012

This recipe serves 10 so you could make into 2 batches, freezing one for later use.


3tbsp olive oil
1 ¼ kg beef mince
2 onions,3 carrots,3 celery sticks, 2 garlic cloves all finely chopped
3tbsp plain flour
1 tbsp tomato puree
1 large glass red wine
850ml beef stock
4 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
Few thyme sprigs and 2 bay leaves

For the mash

1.8kg potatoes chopped
225ml milk
25g butter
200g strong cheddar such as Westcombe or Montgomerys – grated
Freshly grated nutmeg


  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and fry the mince until browned – you may need to do this in batches, set aside as it browns.  Put the rest of the oil into the pan, add the veg and cook on a gentle heat until soft – about 20 mins.  Add the garlic, flour and tomato puree, increase the heat and cook on for a few mins. Then return the beef to the pan.  Pour over the wine and boil to reduce it slightly before adding the stock, add Worstershire and herbs.  Bring to a simmer and cook uncovered for 45 mins.  By this time the gravy should be thick and coating the meat.  Season well and discard the bay leaves and thyme stalks.
  2. Meanwhile, make the mash – in a large saucepan, cover the potatoes in salted cold water, bring to the boil and simmer until tender.  Drain well, then allow to steam-dry for a few mins.  Mash well with milk, butter and three-quarters of the cheese, then season with nutmeg and salt and pepper.
  3. Spoon meat into an ovenproof dish then pipe or spoon the mash to cover.  Sprinkle on the remaining cheese.  Cook at 220C/gas 7 for 25 mins

Beef Stew with Herb Dumplings

20th December 2010

A fabulous winter warming dish to keep you warm during these cold and snowy days.


750g/1½lb Lagan farm shin of beef or stewing steak
500g/1lb small onions, sliced
40g/1½oz dripping
1 tbsp flour
900ml/1½ pint hot water
salt and freshly ground pepper
500g/1lb carrots, halved lengthways
1 bay leaf

For the dumplings

175g/6oz self-raising flour
75g/3oz shredded suet
1 tbsp parsley, finely chopped
Mixed herbs for flavour
good pinch salt and pepper
water, to mix

Preparation method

  1. Remove any gristle and surplus fat from the meat and trim into neat 4cm/1½in cubes.
  2. Fry the meat and onions in the dripping until lightly browned all over. Sprinkle in the flour and mix well. Gradually stir in the water and continue stirring until it boils. Season to taste.
  3. Cover and simmer very gently for 1 hour. Then add the carrots and bay leaf and simmer for a further hour, when it will be time to add the dumplings.
  4. To make the dumplings, sieve the flour into a bowl and add the suet, parsley, salt and pepper. Next add enough water to make a soft but not sticky dough, about 3 tbsp. Lightly flour your hands and roll the dough into eight small balls. Add to the stew and cook for a further 15-20 minutes.

Recipe of the Month – May 2010

7th May 2010

Rump Steak

We were really hoping to bring you a fantastic offer on lamb this month, but prices have stayed resolutely high. This may not be good news for all meat-eaters, but I’m sure that all those farmers will be grateful. In any case we have got another great offer for you – Rump Steak at £9:99/kg (£4:54/lb.). Rump steak is sometimes overlooked in favour of Fillet or Sirloin, but for my money it is the best of the lot. Certainly for flavour it can’t be beaten. Fillet is undoubtedly the most tender, and sirloin too, but the combination of flavour and texture in a rump steak that has been hung for 21-28 days is exceptional. The recipe I’ve got for this is meant to bring out this flavour with little or no fussing about.

Ingredients :

1 8oz. rump steak per person.
Salt and pepper.
A splash or two of red wine.

  • Remove your steak(s) from the fridge at least half an hour before cooking.
  • Warm your plates (the recipe will take about five minutes from start to finish).
  • Have a pan of boiling water ready.
  • Heat a good heavy frying pan, ideally a non-stick one.
  • Grind some black pepper into the pan and add half a teaspoonful of salt, preferably sea salt such as Maldon.
  • Put the steak into the (very) hot pan, pressing it down. Cook for 30 seconds.
  • Turn the steak over and repeat.
  • Turn the steak over again and add half the red wine.
  • Repeat and plunge the water cress into the boiling water for 30 seconds.
  • Drain the watercress, take the steak of the heat, put on top of the watercress and serve.

This is for a rare steak – you will know exactly how well-done you like yours, so amend the cooking time accordingly. Ditto the seasoning – you may want more or less salt and/or pepper, although you will need some salt to bring out the flavour. Serve with whatever potatoes you like – sauté are usually a popular choice.

Recipe of the Month – March 2010

4th March 2010

Slow Cook Shin of Beef Stew (serves 4 people)

600g (1 ¼ lb) of shin of beef – you can use stewing steak as an alternative.
Two medium onions or leeks.
½ head of celery (optional)
Four carrots.
Seasoned flour.
Dried chilli flakes/Juniper berries/Black peppercorns (all optional).
Red wine/Ale, as preferred, to cover the meat.

Cut the beef into strips or dice it, as preferred. Put the seasoned flour into a bag, add the meat and shake it until the meat is covered. Brown the meat in a casserole on a high heat (beef dripping is best, but vegetable oil is fine) and reserve.

Chop the onions and celery and begin to sweat them over a low heat. Add the chilli flakes and/or juniper berries and/or peppercorns, stirring them well into the vegetables.

Put the meat back into the pan and throw in a large splash of vinegar – sherry or balsamic is good, wine vinegar is fine and just sherry or vermouth would do.

Add a couple of dessert spoonfuls of the seasoned flour from the bag you shook the diced meat in. Stir well but slowly until the flour is somewhat cooked.

Add the roughly chopped carrots and the red wine or ale. If using beer, ale or stout that is all you need. If using red wine, use a 50/50 mixture with water or beef stock. Stir once twice to mix in.

Cut a circle of greaseproof paper the same size as the casserole you are using. Wet it thoroughly and place the paper on the surface of the meat and vegetables. Put the lid on the casserole.

Cook in a slow oven (150?C) for at least four hours. Check the casserole to ensure that it hasn’t dried out. If it has, just add some more liquid as above. Try a bit of the meat for tenderness. If you think it’s ready, turn the oven down to 100?C until you are ready to serve it. Six hours cooking will NOT harm this dish ! In fact, if you make it the day before and reheat it, it will be even better.

For vegetables I can recommend any type of cabbage that takes your fancy, steamed and then tossed in some melted butter for a minute or so. I find mashed potatoes work best, but you will know what you like.

The cost should be not more than £5:00 if you take advantage of our March Special Offer – otherwise it might creep up to about £6:50.