The perfect beef sishebo Picture: Supplied

Just when you thought you could pack away the winter pots donated by your granny away, Cape Town is blessed with much needed rain.

Because of the drought crisis in the Western Cape, we welcome the rain, say thanks and make that bredie to chase the chill away.

Beef is fantastic when cooking stews.

It takes a while to cook, though, and can be underdone if not cooked properly. 

Pro tip: prep your meals the night before.

This is the trick to a perfectly balanced family life and a good meal of course.

The recipes selected for this week are ideal because every one of them is guaranteed to beat the chill right out of your bones.

These can be prepared a night before for our working mums and completed within 20-30 minutes come supper time.

When making stews it's best to buy fresh veggies, although those frozen bags of veggies are an absolute lifesaver when time is a factor.

With a home full of hungry people and especially children, one has to be strong. 
Apparently the only thing that can fix your life when you are cold, is food.

Beef Sishebo
Preparation time: 30 Minutes
Cooking time: 50 Minutes
Serves: 8

Ingredients

1 Tbsp. (15 ml) of Oil
1 Onion, chopped
1 Tbsp. (15 ml) of Rajah Mild & Spicy Curry Powder
1 tsp. (5 ml) of Robertsons Steak & Chops Spice
1 tsp. (5 ml) of Robertsons Barbecue Spice
1 tsp. (5 ml) of Robertsons Chicken Spice
½ tsp. (2.5 ml) of Robertsons Peri-Peri
1.5kg of Cubed Beef
1 Knorrox Beef Stock Cube
1 Knorrox Oxtail Stock Cube
1 Green pepper, chopped
1 Red pepper, chopped
1 Yellow pepper, chopped
1 Carrot, peeled and sliced
2 Potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 Packet of Knorr Minestrone and Mixed Herbs Soup
Robertsons Garlic Flakes to taste

Instructions

On a low heat, fry the onions in a little cooking oil with Rajah Mild & Spicy Curry Powder, Robertsons Steak & Chops, Barbeque, Chicken Spice and Peri-peri.
When your onions are tender and brown, add your meat with the oxtail and beef stock cubes, then add your peppers.
Add potatoes, carrots and your Knorr Minestrone Soup and let it simmer for a while. Five minutes before serving, add your garlic flakes for an aromatic finish.

Recipe supplied by Rajah.