This old fashioned stew is so easy to make and ideal comfort food for winter days. Pop it in the oven on a timer or in a slow cooker and come home to the smell of dinner cooking.
1 Pre-heat the oven if using, to 180ºc (160ºc fan) gas mark 4.
2 Place the meat in a large casserole dish.
3 Cut the vegetables into bite sized pieces (slightly smaller if slow cooking) and add them to the casserole dish.
4 Mix the herbs, tomato puree and stock and pour over the meat and vegetables.
5 Tuck the bay leaf under the meat and vegetables and place the casserole in the centre of the oven for 2 hours or slow cook for 6-8 hours.
6 Remove the bay leaf, season to taste with salt and pepper and serve in large bowls.