Onions on to soften
Nice low simmering heat
Add beef mince (Stewey 4 - local Shetland bullock from Organic Farm down the road)
Turn up heat a bit to get it browning nicely
Add Diced Parsnip, Carrot from garden - and Celery from god knows where at this time of year (not perfect
Also some random dried mixed herbs, a bit of veg boullion and two tins of tomatoes - and splash of water (from kettle behind)
SImmer gently for - lets say - as long as you have got (for us today - it was 3.5 hours ish)
to nearly ready:
Boil Potatoes and steam Sprouts (both from the "Spud Hut" at Garguston farm - 2 miles down the road from here - some of the best Roosters on the Black Isle - and the Black Isle produces many very fine spuds). We did these in 20 mins on the hob (I did say we are NOT perfect!)
And even the three year old had a go at his Sprouts (proud Dad...) - the slow cooking approach really does let the
And a couple of portions left over for tomorrow night for the In Laws.
So - the stove was on anyway (tis freezing and snowing here - and a cosy 18.5 C all day in the Kitchen) and we were around enough to keep an eye on the pot to make sure it didn't burn. The stove was ticking over most of the time - not flaming - and closed mostly down - with good hot wood inside.
For browning the meat - I let a bit of air in to get the temp up quickly - but after 5 mins - back down to simmer.
The stove doesn't have a specific "hotplate" this all just used the 7-8mm thick stove top which obviously does get hot enough to cook on - to dispute the earlier statements in this thread. We can also BOIL the 3 litre kettle from cold water - I haven't timed it as we always pour whatever we have in it into the electric kettle to finish the boil.
For those who worry about hot water an the kids - I would be worried about the Stove! Get an excellent Morso Fire Guard (see pics).
We burn mainly Birch at the moment - very local and lots available (including in our back garden) - although not supposed to be the best burning - seasoned for at least year by us - it goes pretty well. We do have a very long chimney - which appears to give an excellent draw - even on the calmest of days.
Hope this is useful to someone