During the stressful exam period, ensure your kids are eating the right nutrients. Red meat such as beef and lamb, is the best source of iron and zinc, and is proven to improve concentration.


  • 800g oyster blade steak, trimmed of fat

  • 2 tbsp plain flour

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 onion, sliced

  • 200g portabello mushrooms, sliced

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 cup red wine

  • 1 cup beef stock

  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

  • 200g puff pastry

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

  • Mashed potato and steamed greens, to serve


  • 1.

    Preheat the oven to 170ºc. Place a heavy based casserole over a moderately high heat. Toss the beef in the flour, coat well and shake to remove any excess. Fry the beef in the oil in 2 batches, for 6-8 minutes or until well coloured.

  • 2.

    Turn the heat down to medium and place all of the meat back into the casserole. Add the onion, mushrooms and bay leaf and stir with the meat for 2 minutes or or until the vegetables are lightly    coloured. Add the wine and stock and bring up to the boil.   

  • 3.

    Cover and place in the oven for 2 hours or until the meat is very tender. If you want the sauce a little    thicker you can place it over a high heat to reduce slightly. Add the vinegar and season with salt and    pepper. Transfer to a large pie dish and allow to cool thoroughly. You can refrigerate for up to 2 days.   

  • 4.

    Preheat the oven to 220ºc. Roll the pastry into a piece a little larger than the pie dish. Place over the    cooled meat mixture and gently tuck in the sides. Brush with the beaten egg and cute a  few slits in    the pastry to allow the steam  to escape.    

  • 5.

    Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown and the filling is    bubbling. Serve with mashed potato and steamed greens.   

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (4 servings)

  • Energy 773kj
  • Fat Total 48g
  • Saturated Fat 14g
  • Protein 43g
  • Carbohydrate 33g
  • Sugar 4g
  • Sodium 389mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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