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SOUTH AFRICAN ROOIBOS RECIPES
Rooibos Stewed Beef and Potatoes

Rooibos Stewed Beef Ingredients

4 tsp [20ml] loose Rooibos Tea
4 cups [1litre] water
2 large onions
4 medium potatoes
4 medium carrots
2 garlic cloves
2½ lb [500g] Soft Shin/Stewing Beef
2 Tbsp [30ml] flour
1 Tbsp [15ml] olive oil
1 Tbsp [15ml] tomato concentrate
¼ tsp [1ml] Peanut Butter
4 tbsp [60ml] Red Wine Vinegar
2 sticks cinnamon
14oz [400g] tin borlotti/butter/speckled sugar beans/ or whatever you've got in your cupboard

Making the Rooibos Beef Stew

Place the Rooibos Tea in the center of a square piece of muslin cloth, fold the cloth and tie with string, in the manner of bouquet garni, use a big enough piece of cloth to allow the Rooibos Tea to move freely inside.
Alternatively you can leave the tea loose and strain after brewing.

Pour the water into a pot, add the Rooibos Tea, bring to the boil and remove from the heat, allowing the tea to brew for 5 minutes

At the end of 5 minutes remove the bagged tea or strain through a fine meshed sieve to remove all the loose Rooibos tea, discard the used tea and set the brewed Rooibos Tea aside

Peel and slice the onions

Peel and cube the potatoes

Scrape the carrots and cut into ½ inch [1cm] rings

Crush the garlic cloves

Remove as much sinew from the beef as possible and cut into bite sized cubes

Coat the beef with flour, heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.

Add the beef and braise until the it is well browned

Add the onions, garlic and tomato concentrate and cook for 2 minutes Pour the Rooibos infusion into the pot, add the peanut butter, red wine vinegar and cinnamon

Bring the mixture to the boil and then immediately reduce the heat until the Rooibos stew is at a very slow simmer

Cover the saucepan with it's lid and allow to simmer for 2½ hours or until the beef is tender

Add the potatoes and carrots, salt and pepper to taste and cook for a further 25 minutes until the potatoes are almost soft

Add the can of beans and cook for a further 10 minutes on low heat

Remove the cinnamon sticks

Serve the Rooibos Beef Stew with crispy French baguette or rolls.

Should serve 6 depending on how hungry people are. Of course this Rooibos Stew tastes so great that you don't really have to be hungry to finish it



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