28 Nov 2013

Sunday Perfect Roast Beef

IMG_2615Last Sunday hubby wanted to eat a roast beef after church. I don’t like standing in the kitchen for too long so the idea of preparing a roast meal seemed taunting. As soon as he said roast beef I imaged myself standing in the kitchen sweating for hours. It was already two o’clock by the time we got home after food shopping.

Luckily he offered to cook so I just went in the basement to supervise AOI as she played with her train and farm set. One hour and some minutes later he called out “Lunch is served.”

What I found surprised me. He had made this delicious roast and he told me it was easy to cook so I couldn’t resist sharing the recipe on my blog.

He adapted the recipe from Jamie Oliver’s websiteIMG_2616

  • 1.5 kg quality topside of beef

  • 2 medium onions

  • 2 carrots

  • 2 sticks celery

  • 1 bulb garlic

  • 1 small bunch fresh thyme, rosemary, bay or sage, or a mixture

  • olive oil

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 1/2 cups potatoes

  • bunch of broccoli

To prepare your beef:
We bought the beef fresh. Preheat your oven to 240°C/475°F/ gas 9. Peel the vegetables and roughly chop them. Break the peeled garlic bulb into cloves.
Pile all the veg, garlic and herbs into the middle of a large roasting tray and drizzle with olive oil. Drizzle the beef with olive oil and season well with salt and pepper, rubbing it all over the meat. Place the beef on top of the vegetables.

To cook your beef:
Place the roasting tray in the preheated oven. Turn the heat down to 200°C/400°F/gas 6 and cook for 1 hour for medium beef. If you prefer it medium-rare, take it out 5 to 10 minutes earlier. For well done, leave it in for another 10 to 15 minutes. You can place your roast potatoes and veggies into the oven for the last 45 minutes of cooking.

Baste the beef halfway through cooking and if the veg look dry, add a splash of water to the tray to stop them burning.

When the beef is cooked to your liking, take the tray out of the oven and transfer the beef to a board to rest for 15 minutes or so.

Steam your broccoli, once tender serve with the roast beef and veggies.

Buon appetito!


  1. Look fantastic! I may have to try this out. I'm surprised it cooked so quickly! Whenever my mom makes roast I swear it's like 3 to 4 hours.

  2. I don't even eat meet and boy I can say you really cooked that perfectly!!! And the potatoes!!


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