So basic, so simple, so tummy-warming on a cold night! The meat does need long, slow cooking, but you don't have to stand over it. This is the time-honored way of making a typical stew. I'm sure it's ideal for a crockpot, but not having one, I can't give directions for use! This is ideal for using up those bits of fresh veggies lurking in your fridge waiting to go bad! It can be made a day ahead, cooled and refrigerated, and warmed up again, as flavour will improve. Can also be made early in the day, pulled aside, and heated up again for dinner that night. I use lamb by preference, but naturally beef can be used as well.