Friday, 28 October 2016

Creating a Mini Roast for Two // Red Tractor #MiniRoast


What does Autumn make you think of? Colourful leaves? Conkers? Toffee apples? Sparklers? For me it's all of that, but more about the seasonal changes we make. That transition of being in sandals and switching to boots, and ditching caps for wooly hats! Although this is important it isn't just about clothing for me, I find I significantly change the type of food I eat and the meals I create. I have decided to swap some of those lighter meals for something a bit more wholesome, hearty and warming. You're probably automatically thinking of a roast dinner or a delicious meat pie? Yep! Well I'm excited to say I've teamed up with Red Tractor Beef and Lamb, to deliver a tasty Autumn pie for hubby and I in their #MiniRoast campaign.


In my household there is just my husband and I, often whenever we decide we fancy a roast dinner we'll head out to a pub, go around to my parents or invite our entourage of friends over to justify having one. We actually hardly just do it for two, something I'm really not 100% sure why. Perhaps it's time? Maybe it is effort? Who knows... either way we don't tend to have it on our own. 



In collaboration with the #MiniRoast campaign, (all about being able to have a yummy roast for two using a smaller joint) we decided that we would go and get a tasty beef joint to create a delicious, wholesome and healthy pie for our meal. We don't tend to buy meat joints unless we are feeding quite a few people, so buying a little one was really weird to be doing.

Firstly we hunted along the shop's fresh meat fridges for a little beef joint with a Red Tractor Mark. You're probably wondering what I'm talking about? If you have spotted a Red Tractor Mark on any beef or lamb in your local supermarket, it is basically a stamp of assured quality. You can make that purchase knowing which farm the livestock came from, and more importantly that the farmers and suppliers have met the required standards set for top hygiene, safety and environmental protection of animal welfare. This is a set standard that goes throughout every stage of the process, basically all the way from the farm to your fork. For me this is the up most importance when I'm buying meat. 


As Nick has just started a new job we really haven't had much time to stop and catch up. The worst part is that most evenings recently have been dinners on our laps in front of the TV. Not a good move and slippery slope for meal times! With the delivery of our new dining table I decided we'd have a midweek date night, the perfect opportunity to catch up and enjoy a delicious meal as a twosome.  We hardly ever get a chance to cook together, so we decided to create a beef pie with homemade wholemeal pastry. 


The pie creation didn't take too long to be honest, in fact whilst both in the kitchen cooking we got to chat and put the radio on. Somehow it made the experience suddenly enjoyable  and not a chore, which cooking in the evening can often feel like after a hectic day - don't you think? The best thing I've found about the mini roasts is that they are very versatile, we'd originally planned a classic roast dinner but caught a glimpse of a steak and ale pie and thought let's create a pie as a duo. I even cut out little hearts to symbolise our first pie creation from our 10 years together! How sweet.


Sitting down and tucking into our homemade pie was so satisfying. Only when sat there did I realise how lazy I'd become, firstly to cook from scratch and secondly put down all technology and have a human conversation. The pie was so tasty that I'm already looking at more things to make, this may  even become a weekly occurrence now because it had been so easy to do.


There are actually lots of amazing recipes on the Red Tractor website in there Mini Roast section, in fact there 6 you can try if you wish! For ours we simply adapted to our training needs, but they will give you a great starting point. If you're concerned about money and mini roasts, then I was honestly quite surprised how reasonable it was and we have over half a pie still left after one meal. 




Want to find out more? Head over to www.simplybeefandlamb.co.uk  


*Post in collaboration with Red Tractor Meat*

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35 comments

  1. I love this recipe, I so have to try it, it looks yummy :)

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  2. Oh that pie looks amazing! From the first picture I thought it was shop bought- it looks incredible!

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  3. Absolutely delectable! I love love love this kind of meal! H x

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  4. That looks so delicious! Our kind of meal.

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  5. Yum! It looks so lovly :) thank you for sharing! x

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  6. Oh wow you did such a great job!! I've never tried making my own pastry before. This looks delicious- my hubby would love it xxx

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  7. wow looking delicious

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  8. The food looks great. Especially the pie. Making me hungry now.

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  9. This looks like a lovely recipe! Will have to make it soon, I am a big fan of pie

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  10. That pie looks gorgeous!! So yummy!! My husband loves a good pie and we are both really into both lamb and beef!!

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  11. Pies are perfect to enjoy when the weather is cold and the evenings are so dark. Very comforting.

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  12. My husband loves meat pies especially over the winter. I think he'd be very happy if I made this for him ;-)

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  13. My dad would love something like this - he loves a good piece of meat. I love that it's all homemade xo

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  14. I've never cooked meat in a pudding like this, but this looks so good and I'm sure it's very nutritious too :))

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  15. This looks so yummy! I love cooking and need to start experimenting more. Although I do prefer baking to normal cooking.

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  16. I think roasts are definitely better when homemade from scratch. It sounds like you might be having more romantic roasts for two now! :D x

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  17. This looks so good!! And I love that is healthy, going to my pinterest healthy food board :)

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  18. Oh my goodness this looks absolutely amazing, delicious and healthy and perfect for two! x

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  19. oh my that looks amazing I have yet t eat and my tummy is rumbling now I am so going to have to give this a try

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  20. This looks delicious. You can't beat this sort of food when the weather is cold xx

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  21. Now this is my kind of dish, I need to try it! X

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  22. Oh God that looks so yum! Seems like we're going to have a roast dinner on sunday now thanks to your recipe! xx

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  23. We love having a midweek roast. It's always a good way to get some extra veggies in a meal too.

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  24. These mini roasts make it so easy to make a roast dinner in the week. Lovely recipe too.

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  25. looks absolutely yummy! yeah, its nice to get back to some comfort food, but i have to be careful as trying to watch what I eat and not pile on the winter pounds!

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  26. Oh my goodness, this is so adorable. A mini roast would be perfect mid-week!

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  27. I tend to not bother cooking a roast for just two of us as well but I might try doing a mid week roast x

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  28. That pie looks lovely and to me it's a great Autumn food as it's filling and warm x

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  29. It's so great to see such a simple and delicious alternative to a typical roast. x

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  30. I've heard a lot about mini roasts but I've not bought one yet (I have 4 children he he!) but it makes complete sense when it's just 2 of you at homes, doesn't it?

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  31. Once a week I make some form of pie, it's a firm family favourite and is always eaten pretty quickly.
    I will certainly have this down to try one week!

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  32. This looks absolutely delicious and so yummy, thanks for the recipe. Definitely making me hungry

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  33. That pie looks so amazing, the thick gravy looks like it has the best taste ever! I will definitely be trying this out xx

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  34. This is such a great idea, especially since I'm a student and don't want to cook a full roast because usually there's just me and my boyfriend, so this is perfect :D

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  35. This looks delicious, and its a perfect size.I will most definitely try and make this recipe I am sure hubby will love it.

    Thanks for sharing this mini roast recipe!

    xoxo

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