It’s ridiculously cold and there’s only one thing for it: mummy’s beef casserole.

1) peel and chop 3 carrots and 2 shallots (or an onion, it’s just cuz I had shallots to use up). Place chopped veg in a pan (Le crueset if you’re lucky enough to have one).

2) place casserole steak atop the veg.

3) crumble 2 beef oxo cubes over everything.

4) cover the whole lot with water, grind in a load of black pepper. Chuck on a lid, cook on 160 degrees C for 3-4 hours. Just let it do it’s thang.

5) with 30 mins to go, take out and stir in some bisto gravy granules.

6) add 5 dumpling balls (used Jamie O’s recipe).

7) lid on and leave.

Serve with crusty bread with lashings of butter. Finish for lunch tomorrow and make the whole office well jel.