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McCain’s Favourite Winter Warming Recipes – Beef Stew

28 Jul

McCain’s Winter-Warming Selection

I LOVE a good stew! The cold winter months are the ideal opportunity to indulge in your favourite warming recipes bringing satisfying nourishment to your family mealtimes. Create wonderfully warm family moments with delicious filling stews, casseroles, pot pies and soups. McCain has a range of vegetables and mixes, which are perfect additions to any warming meal and the McCain Stew Mix makes preparing a hearty stew quick and easy without compromising on taste.

McCain Stew Mix includes diced carrots, diced broccoli stems, diced potatoes and whole green peas, and comes in a 600g pack that allows you to cater for a big family or to simply store for another day. Because McCain vegetables are already cleaned, peeled and chopped, there is less waste, and fuss – making it easier to provide scrumptious meals the whole family will love.

McCain’s selection of tasty frozen vegetables and potatoes contain all the locked in goodness from the farm. With a wide variety to choose from, you can get creative and incorporate vegetables at every meal making sure your family is getting the recommended five servings of vegetables and fruit per day.

Below are some of McCain’s favourite winter warming recipes to chase away those winter chills.

Visit for a selection of delicious recipes.

Beef Stew with McCain Mixed Vegetables and McCain Garden Mix

Yield: 4 servings


Cooking time: 1 hour 15 minutes


500g                       Beef cubes

100g                       McCain Chef’s Solution Diced Onion

1                              Garlic cloves, minced

15g                         Butter

60g                         Celery stalks, chopped

60g                         McCain Diced Carrots

500ml                    Beef stock*

10ml                      Tomato paste

1                              Bay leaf

5ml                         Paprika

5ml                         Parsley, dried

2                              Tomatoes, chopped

50ml                      Red wine*

600ml                    Water

50g                         McCain Mixed Vegetables, quartered

50g                         McCain Garden Mix, quartered

TT                           Salt

TT                           Pepper


1.       Begin by browning off the beef cubes, until they resemble a deep golden brown and remove the meat from the pot and set aside for later use

2.       In the same pot, fry off the onion, garlic, celery and carrots

3.       Add the tomato paste and the beef stock and cook

4.       Add the bay leaves; paprika and parsley, mix through before adding the chopped tomatoes to the pot

5.       Allow the tomatoes time to breakdown and soften

6.       Deglaze* the pot with the red wine and reduce

7.       Add the water and the meat and simmer for 45 minutes stirring occasionally

8.       Stir in the McCain Mixed Vegetables and McCain Garden Mix and cook until tender

9.       Season well with salt and pepper and serve hot

Serving suggestion:  Serve with rice or mashed potatoes

Enjoy and keep warm.


McCain’s Favourite Winter Warming Recipes – McCain Vegetable Pot Pie

24 Jun

Yield: approximately 4 servings

Cooking time: 30-45 minutes



2 Tbsp.    Olive Oil

100 g   McCain Chef’s Solution Diced Onion

1    Garlic, clove, minced

½ cup    Celery, chopped

½ cup   Leek, medium, chopped

½ cup   Fennel, chopped

500 g   Mushrooms, thinly sliced

2 Tbsp   Flour

1 Lt    Vegetable Stock

500 g   McCain Stew Mix

Small handful  Parsley, chopped

To Taste  Salt

To Taste   Pepper



1 Rolls   Puff Pastry

25-50 ml  Egg wash (equal amount egg and milk)



  1. Heat oil in large pot over medium heat. Add McCain Chef’s Solution Diced Onion, garlic, celery, leek, fennel and sauté until soft
  2. Add the mushrooms and cook until soft and then add the flour and cook for 1-2 minutes
  3. Add the vegetable stock, cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer 10 minutes
  4. Remove from heat and stir in the McCain Stew Mix, parsley and season with salt and pepper and allow to cool
  5. Preheat oven to 180C.  Roll out puff pastry and cut disks big enough to line a pie dish
  6. Divide the pie filling between the pie dish/s and top with the pastry lid
  7. Brush with egg wash and cut a small hole in the top
  8. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until the pastry is cooked and golden brown


All that’s left to do is ENJOY!

Friendly little visitors in our neck of the woods

29 Mar

Since we have moved to what I call the farm, we have had quite a few friendly and not so friendly visitors, and I’m not talking about humans.
When we first arrived, the first animal to visit was a cute little white rabbit. At first it would sit near a tree at the back, later it figured a way to get into the front of the yard and relax in the shade provided by the trampoline. I’ve missed the visits but apparently a Jackal roams the fields and that may be the reason why we haven’t seen it or it could have been killed by a snake. At least there are a few other terribly cute bunnies hopping about but none of them venture over to our neck of the woods.
We also have a family of swallows that nest in our back courtyard and one of them managed to fly in (giving me the fright of my life) and then find its way out again. Scarier visitors include a Rhinkhals! Yes, one of the MOST venomous snakes in the countryside also known as a Ring-necked spitting cobra! Let’s see how you sleep at night knowing THAT. He politely decided that he would stay for an entire week in a tree stump also in the back courtyard. I swear I had nightmares for an entire week that I would “run” into it in the passage in the middle of the night. Sadly (not for me) his life ended when our gardener and my hubby killed it. I insisted they burn him but they refused.
Another not so welcomed creatures are the wasps. I’ve found and destroyed at least 3 nests but I’m always on the look out in our shed and around the house. I will admit to having had a very bad experience with a baby wasp that was warm and comfy in my bathroom towel until I finished my shower and unbeknown to me brought it to my bosom where it stung the day lights out if me. Imagine me running around screaming in agony and my hubby looking at me shocked – I couldn’t tell if it was shock or pure disbelief, either way, I don’t do wasps.
On two occasions, I’ve had friends over for lunch and a swarm of bees have raided my house and kitchen, but that wasn’t something my “Zapper” couldn’t remedy. Yes I know, I need to find other friendlier ways of getting rid of the bees.
In the last week however, a little brown mouse has been scurrying between my kitchen and lounge! At first, I didn’t believe my helper because my tray of vegetables were untouched but Then I saw it for myself and am absolutely horrified which is better than terrified.
Last night was the straw that broke the camels back! No I’m not talking about camels here but frogs! It was the reason that I had to blog about all the creatures that have found their way into our home. It’s small which is fine but I don’t know where on earth he disappeared to in my dining room and it just better not die in my house somewhere and stink up a blessed storm.
So don’t be surprised when you come over to visit, yes you know who you are!!!!

McCain’s Favourite Winter Warming Recipes – McCain Lamb Pot Pie

30 Sep

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What the hell happened to Spring??? Up here in the Highveld, it feels like another winter day and that’s making me wish for comfort food. So I decided that tonight we will have something warm and delicious. Here’s a really great and easy to follow recipe for Lamb Pot pie. Enjoy

Yield: Approximately 4 servings

Cooking time: 60-75 minutes


500g   Lamb, Cubes

To Taste  Salt

To Taste  Pepper

100 g   Flour

2 Tbsp   Olive Oil

1 Tbsp   Butter

100 g   McCain Chef’s Solution Diced Onion

1    Garlic, clove, minced

1 cup    Celery + Leek, chopped

50 g    Tomato Paste

100 ml   Red Wine (*Optional)

1 Lt    Beef Stock

1   Tomato, chopped

5 Sprigs   Rosemary

Small Handful  Parsley

1   Bay Leaf

500 g    McCain Stew Mix


1 Roll   Puff Pastry

25-50 ml  Egg wash (equal amount egg and milk)


  1. Season the lamb cubes with salt and pepper and dust with the flour
  2. Heat oil and butter in a large pot over high heat and seal the lamb in batches until golden brown remove and keep aside for later use
  3. In the same pot add the McCain Chef’s Solution Diced Onion, garlic, celery, leek and cook until soft
  4. Add the tomato paste and cook for 1 to 2 minutes
  5. Deglaze with the red wine, add the beef stock and bring to the boil
  6. Add the lamb cubes, rosemary, parsley, bay leaf and bring to the boil, turn down the heat to low and simmer until the lamb is soft, but not falling apart
  7. Remove from heat, stir in the McCain Stew Mix, season with salt and pepper and allow to cool
  8. Preheat oven to 180C.  Roll out puff pastry and cut disks big enough to line a pie dish/s
  9. Divide the pie filling between the pie dish/s and top with the pastry lid
  10. Brush with egg wash and cut a small hole in the top
  11. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until the pastry is cooked and golden brown

McDonald’s new Chicken McBites

26 Aug

If any of you are like me, like convenience and now starting to make healthier options, you too also from time to time pass by McD’s for a quick bite. SunnyMcDonald's Chicken McBites Bunny loves chicken, he can eat it for breakfast, lunch and supper so getting him Pops from KFC has been easy. Now that McD’s are also starting to provide healthy options I don’t see why I wouldn’t pass by to check out the new chicken McBites made from REAL chicken breasts.

At first McDonald’s revealed the delicious Grand Chicken burger. An exciting ‘taste trip’ around the world followed with the introduction of three delectable big burgers with exotic flavours in the ‘Tastes of the World’ journey. To add a sweet treat to the mix they brought you scrumptious Cinnamon Melts. Now for a limited time only get snacking with McDonald’s latest tasty offering, Chicken McBites. 

Containing golden, succulent bite-size pieces of 100% premium chicken breast, covered in a crispy seasoned coating, McDonalds Chicken McBites offer the ideal tasty fun filler for those in-between meals, snack attack moments, or to share with friends. Enjoy as part of a McDonald’s Share Box offering or on its own as a 10-piece McDonald’s Chicken McBites delight for only R16.

Available between 26 August and 6 October 2013 or until stocks last, McDonalds Chicken McBites can be found at all participating McDonald’s stores countrywide for a limited time only. McDonald’s South Africa restaurants are all Halaal certified and offers a full product range to suit all needs.

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