This has got to be the ultimate cold weekend meal. It will fill your home with a smell that will have the neighbors dropping in to say Hi! Casseroles are really simple, chop everything up, into the oven and wait it out, it really could not be easier. There is serious rugby on this weekend, so for those who want to be prepared, get a few french loaves, make this and have a few friends around.

What you need

1.5kg beef neck or chuck
Seasoned flour for the meat (1/2 cup)
2 tablespoons butter
6 roasting potatoes peeled and roughly chopped
2 onions sliced
2 or 3 carrots roughly chopped
2 cans of beer
2 tablespoons worcsteshire sauce
2 bay leaves
Pepper to taste
Oil for frying

The process

Cut up the beef into cubes and discard the bones.

Sprinkle the flour over the meat and toss it around to coat evenly.

In a hot pan heat some oil, add the butter and brown the meat on all sides. Do it in batches so you do not stew the meat, you want it drowned nicely. Set aside

Layer a casserole dish,

Browned meat (with the liquid still in the pan)

Then add all of the liquid ingredients, the bay leaves and a good grind of pepper.

Place uncovered in a 180 Celsius oven for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, check on it after about 1 1/2 hours and if the carrots are beginning to brown, give it a mix and return to the oven.

Your home will fill with the most amazing aroma and you will want to dive in straight away.

Let it sit for about 15 minutes out of the oven before serving.

This will serve 4 to 6 people and while you are looking for a really tasty stew, the tomato bredie recipe has been a real winner.