The wonders of one pot cooking!

“Cooking should be something you love to do. It should not be a burden,” says Shaun Dampies, Executive Chef at Granny Mouse Country House and Spa, who is a family man with a young child, who knows what it is like for parents to cook a time-consuming meal after a hard and long day at work. Whether you are a first time parent with a young child and just don’t have much time to cook, a student or single person that wants to cook a large meal that can be divided, stored and frozen for dinner or lunch another day, or you want to cook something large to feed the entire family, there is a healthy and convenient way of cooking which will allow you the freedom of more time with the family.

This is why Dampies has created his speciality of a one pot lamb dish that will have the family licking their lips in less time than usual, making your life easier.

The ingredients for this tasty and hearty dish include 1kg lamb cubes, 4x onions chopped, 5x cloves of garlic, ginger, Salt, Pepper, 5x potatoes, 5x carrots, 100g tomato paste, 1x tsp sugar, 250ml red wine (optional), 500g baby marrow, 500g butternut, thyme, 60ml oil, 160ml water, 4x bay leaves and 3 cubes of lamb stock.

Once you have all your ingredients ready, follow this simple recipe:

In a large pot, sauté off chopped onions until golden brown and then add in the lamb cubes and stir.

Add in the garlic, ginger, thyme and bay leaves with about 60ml water and wine and cover with a lid and allow to simmer.

After the water has dissolved and the onions are soft, add in the tomato paste, sugar, 100ml water and lamb stock cubes.

Cover the pot with a lid again and cook on a low heat until the meat is slightly soft. Then add in the carrots butternut and potatoes.

Once the hard veg is cooked, add in the baby marrow.

Cook until the sauce becomes slightly thick and the vegetables and meat become soft. Serve with rice, bread or roti.

The timing of this recipe is up to your stove as well as your taste buds, but this dish is easy to prepare, gives you a break and allows you to grab a glass of wine or a magazine and have a few minutes of you time or time to bath the kids.

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