This is as hearty as they get, a great Sunday dinner for the family.
Remove the beef from the fridge 2-3 hours before cooking. Heat the oil in a large pan over a medium heat. Sear the beef on all sides until well browned. Remove the beef from the pan and set aside.
Put the onion, carrot, celery, garlic and bay leaf into the pan and season generously. Cook for 5 Minutes, stirring all of the time before adding the wine. As soon as the wine goes in, use a flat topped wooden spoon to scrape up any bits stuck to the bottom of the pan. Bring the wine to the boil before adding the beef and reducing the heat to a bare simmer.
Put a lid on the pan but leave it slightly ajar. Cook the beef for 3 to 4 hours until completely tender. Remove from the pan and allow to rest for at least 20 minutes.
Tom Barry’s family farm is Baytown Park, Dunboyne, Co Meath. He is the third generation on the farm taking over from his late father, Thomas Barry in 2008 and keeps Hereford cross suckler cows as well as pedigree Hereford cows. Herefords are such a docile breed and as a part time farmer, with teenagers helping around the farm, it’s important to have a breed that’s easy to look after and handle. Tom’s farm is in the Green, Low-Carbon, Agri-Environment Scheme (GLAS) for the past 5 years, where frequently taking soil samples and the completion of a nutrient management plan are required.