Beach Cottage Surfer Boy Food – Beef Roast

Fri 13th, Apr, 2012

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Well Beach Cottage ladies, thanks so much for the Cavoodle love…Barley is doing very well and has his first trip to the vets today…plus the house training is going better than we thought, oh & he slept much better last night, more soon on what we did!



I tell you what though, thank the heavens above for my crock pot / slow cooker, man I lurve that thing…I know I have bored you before on here how it changed my life when we had our third little bambino, it seems it’s true with a puppy too.



Yesterday, by late morning I was feeling pretty sleep-deprived and I had the puppy to look after, plus sport for one of my kiddos has kicked up a gear for National competing which in reality for me means more driving, the boys were out in the water too and so I knew if there wasn’t to be that horrid time in the evening when everyone is about eating the table or anything that doesn’t move, I had better get the dinner done and so very dusted, otherwise  I knew there could be the very distinct possibility of broomstick riding…an no-one needs that in their life, I can tell you!



Enter the humble beef roast, (it was meant to be Crock Pot Lasagne, according to the Beach Cottage Meal Plan but this is even easier than that) who, my friends, is a regular around here and comes out to play for a mid-week meal, a weekend when I can’t be bothered to do a roast and has on occasion fed the odd friend or two with a little bit of foofing…plus was a very regular partner here in Beach Cottage Land when Mr Beach Cottage had just started the business, because, quite frankly, it’s good value and stretches.

This is Surfer Boy Roast / Stew then ;-) just ticks all the boxes …it’s Dump & Go, it’s tasty, it uses ingredients that are super accessible and super affordable and when being eaten by hungry little surfer dudes, it makes you look like you’ve put lots of effort in, when in actual fact, you did some unwrapping & sprinkling and went back to cuddling a puppy ;-)

I have been asked repeatedly lately, from friends and blog readers about the crock pot and so I have decided to start blogging my one-pot crock pot / slow cooker meals…and have, for want of a better term,  aptly named these recipes Surfer Boy Recipes…. those meals that you can throw in your crock pot or slow cooker or start at the beginning of the day or on the stove when you get in and have dinner sorted and ready if, like me, you have a busy lifestyle for whatever reason…working full-time, with littlies and no sleep, or like me with kiddos that are busy and often ravenous boys when they get in at various different times of the evening…



In this old cottage, there are five very healthy appetites here, indeed two of my kiddos, one just because of pure size (tall & growing by the day) and the other because of sporting commitments, eat a larger dinner than I do and so over the years I have experimented a lot with feeding these masses, and for me, nothing really beats the one-pot meal, prepared and often thrown in in the middle of day…to be ready and waiting when one walks in the door several hours later.

I have tried, read and sought out many a recipe for use in this slow-cooked way, not always in my slow cooker / crockpot but nearly always all in one pan.

This one actually started off as a recipe for Mexican beef (will blog that soon) but has over the years amalgamated more into this.

actually this amalgamates into that…you cook two of the beef on the first day and on the second day you turn it all Mexican with spices and sauces and chili

So I first made this from that forum I used to belong to, it was actually on the group that talked about bulk cooking for the freezer, which I still do often now….this recipe was a way of slow cooking beef and then using it for Mexican recipes



It called for a ‘beef roast’ and in those days in England (this forum was from the States) I wasn’t actually sure what that was….a beef roast to me meant an English Roast Beef dinner, with Yorkshire Puddings, with a very nice cut of beef, thank you very much…I lerant though that a beef roast is a cheaper, fatty cut of meat that’s purrfect for slow cooking…
…and as I started to use it and love the results I tried different ways of using it…yes it’s the cheapest cut of beef but the results are, if treated correctly, outstanding.

I wanted more though than the pot roast crockpot recipes that I came across, some where you slung a ready-made bbq sauce or can of soup over your meat and so one Sunday, we had sport on the beach planned nearly all day, with the older one out in the surf, I knew it was to be a long day and our regular Sunday roast would be thrown out the window because after being out in the coastal air and sun all day I would be too tired



In the morning, in that little beauty that sits on my bench top working hard for her keep all day while I sit around reading blogs ;-) I threw in my beef roast, over it I poured some wine, ran out to the garden, picked a huge bunch of herbs, added a good dose of dried ones for good measure, slung in garlic by the dozen and hoping for the best, added some home made stock for good measure.

And we came home to the most wonderful smell, indeed we could smell it on the driveway wafting down the street, and really, this Surfer Boy beef has been with us ever since


 Beach Cottage Surfer Boy Recipes

Easy Beef Roast

1 x beef roast

1 x large handful fresh mixed herbs chopped

1 x tsp dried herbs

1 cups red wine

2 onions, finely chopped

2 cups carrots

2 cups mushrooms

3 cloves garlic

salt & pepper

1/2 cup beef stock

1. place onions in bottom of pan or crock pot/slow cooker

2. add beef roast

3. pour over wine, stock, herbs, garlic & season well with salt & pepper

4. add carrots & mushrooms

5. cook all day on low or high 4 hours

6. about 15 mins before you want to eat slice the beef & pop it back into the pot

7. if you want a thicker gravy add teaspoon of flour to cold water & add to the pot

 *serve with watercress & French bread for no-fuss meal

Beach Cottage Recipe Notes :    *you can add thinly sliced potatoes   * if you don’t have fresh herbs dried is fine

*this is better the longer you can cook it – if in slow cooker /crock pot, low all day, if on stove top or oven 4 hours  *any root vegetable works well here

* a can of mushrooms doesn’t hurt if you don’t have fresh

*I use whatever herbs are plentiful in the garden…that usually means Parsley, oregano, marjoram & rosemary 




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You may not have a surfer boy in your house, you may not have any boys in your house at all but make this.

You’ll thank me

See you later Beach Cottage girls & boys…

I have a puppy to see to ;-)





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45 Responses to “Beach Cottage Surfer Boy Food – Beef Roast”

  1. Oh! Sign me up for this. Like right now. I’m still stuck at work and home is about 2 hours away.

    Nothing better than a slowcooker dinner waiting. I’ve got a nice whole chicken in today C:

  2. Shar Y says:

    I wish I had that yummy thing waiting for me. Looks delish!

  3. Deanne says:

    This looks so yummy my mouth is watering even if its early in the morning!

  4. Ellie says:

    Yum! Thats almost my mums version of roast beef that you have just cooked! She uses her Aga to slow cook it forever and it always turns out very tasty and is my faviourite dinner. I could never get my beef to turn out the same until I bought my slow cooker last year. So its definitely the SLOW cooking that makes it. Yum Yum Yum!!!

  5. Scot207 says:

    I love this easy beef roast recipe! I can’t wait to try your recipe here.. Thank you for sharing… I also love the garnish you have here! Beautiful…

  6. Just home from a trip and what’s that, hungry mouths to feed. Wish I had this going downstairs. Instead I’m soaking in the tub and pretending dinner will magically appear. ❈ Bookmarking, thanks!

  7. jaime says:


    The recipe looks lovely (and that coming from a vegetarian). But, and this is an important but … you left out something very important in this post.

    Pictures of Barley please. In each and every post from now on! Pleaseandthankyou.

  8. Melinda says:

    I dont mean to be totally daft but when I go to the butcher am I asking for beef roast ? Does it go by any other name ? How big is this thing or do I just ask for something to feed the number of people…

    - maybe its a beef bolar ? – Ive got one of those in my freezer that I dont know what to do with ??!!

    Always love a new recipe for the slow cooker so will give it a go – I might be using it as Football Boy food xx

    ps I like those ‘ from above’ shots

    • sarah says:

      yes I was in the same position, just ask for a ‘beef roast’ …if you get it in the supermarket, it is marked as such…

      I am not sure what a bolar is but if it is fatty and a cheaper cut and you cook it for ages in the slow cooker with the the wine it will work xo

      • Melinda says:

        thanks for that – will check it out x

        • HRH Sarah says:

          There are cuts of beef called chuck roast, or bottom round- that may help. Chuck roast should be marbled with fat and connective tissue, that’s what makes it tender and delicious after slow cooking. If the piece of meat is too lean, it will get stringy with slow cooking. I love a good pot roast, especially with some wine, and maybe some little red potatoes on the side with parsley and butter- yum!

  9. alison says:

    I’ll try this recipe tonite for Mr alison. He’ll have leftovers for the weekend while I’m away with the girls, yeehaa.


  10. Michelle says:

    You have to love the slow cooker don’t you?? I just used mine last night and made a beautiful lamb casserole which sat and cooked all day long so the meat just fell straight off the bone,then added the rosemary dumplings in the last 45minutes of cooking…..with winter coming quick and moving around the corner my slow cooker is going to be what saves me…….

    how are you liking having a puppy under foot Sarah?? Don’t they just make your heart melt?? my girls are old now, 8 and 9yrs but I still love them to bits…..

  11. Felicity says:

    I have had my slow cooker for just over a year and at first i wasn’t sure what to put in it but after some hit amd misses it’s become a staple. I am going to give this recipe a go over the weekend, it will be great to have another idea for the slow cooker. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Fleur says:

    Very much looking forwards to this series! Am a proud new owner of a slow cooker and looking forwards to trying this one. I love to cook in bulk and freeze in 2 sizes, one for me and hubby and one for Miss toddler. Today I am attempting a slow cooker spinach and ricotta lasagne, will let you know how it goes!
    Have a wonderful day xx

    • sarah says:

      yes please let me know how it goes Fleur

      a bit of trial and error works with the slow cooker and once you crack it it’s a godsend xox

      • Fleur says:

        Hey, turned out OK!
        I loosely followed this recipe – http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/slow-cooker-spinach-and-ricotta-lasagna-with-romaine-salad-00000000052378/index.html
        BUT – as usually I did my own thing too! I use Pasatta as a tom sauce straight out the jar, did this as the first layer, then I used a flatish pasta called ‘Lasagne Corte’ (hubby has a strict gluten free (and FODMAP free, but thats a whole other story!) – its a corn pasta, but normal pasta would be fine. I mix 2 packets of frozen spinach (defrosted) with one tub of ricotta, a beaten egg, handful of Parmesan and some pepper and nutmeg. Then just layered in up in the slow cooker. I started on high but the cheese I sprinkled on top started to burn a little so turned it down low. I cooked it for about 3.5 hours and served with salad.
        In hindsight I only used about 3/4 of the jar of pasatta, I should of used more as it was a little dry.
        Miss Daisy ate it too, so thats a pass in my book.
        Have a wonderful weekend with Barley boy xxx

        • sarah says:

          hmmm this is very interesting Fleur, I do lasagne all the time but this looks like a new one on me, thanks I am soooooooo trying it…

          yep I am all Barley’s this weekend…can’t wait xoxox

  13. Angie says:

    That looks lovely ! I use my slow cooker all the time. I love it so much I have two ! One for when daughter and her family come over and small one just for the hubs and I. I use the small one bunches for hot appetizer dips etc. Cooked a wonderful Pork tenderloin the other day quartered an onion, a few cloves of garlic, salt and pepper and worchestershire sauce. Crossed my fingers and left for the day. Hubs kept calling me at work…”Do I need to do anything to this meat?” He said it smelled so good he could hardly stand it. Cooked 10 hrs on low….it was sinful !

  14. Rukmini Roy says:

    You think chicken will work? Getting beef where I stay will be very difficult. Love the recipe :)
    I just wrote to my would be mr in gtalk that we are having roast for dinner! yay!

    • sarah says:

      I do a similar one with chicken & white wine but doesn’t need as long! xx

      • Rukmini Roy says:

        Ummm…sounds delicious. Yes, then, chicken and white wine. Also, just confirming the herbs- I have a jar of mixed herbs and only fresh oregano in hand. Should be fine right? I love beef though. There is no meat like beef. But in India, beef is not very popular :-x Darn.

  15. I love the idea of a slow cooker, but I’m not really a fan of the really strong casserole flavours. I’d love to hear any suggestions for ‘fresher’ dishes in the slow cooker – something with chicken??? I don’t know. I’ve not had too much success.

    • sarah says:

      hmmm the key is to keep trying, once it clicks it rocks…

      I know what you mean about fresher…chicken white wine & fish are good if you don’t like the casserole-y flavours, plus failing all that bunging jacket potatoes in there is a no brainer xo

  16. Colleen says:

    Love your slow cooker recipies but have no idea what wine to use. Help. I used Merlot last time and twas not great. Please help. Xx cozi

  17. rachelle says:

    You have a delicious recipe.Hope I can try it and wish I have a man who made it for me.

  18. Candy says:

    My crock pot is a life saver on the weekend so can’t wait to try your Beef Roast for somthing new. I cook a pork loin in mine all the time, seasoned with lots of fresh garlic, liberal amounts dried or fresh sage, salt, pepper and about 1/2 to 1 cup water (depending on size of roast). Cook up some white rice and blackeyed peas and use the pan juices over all. It smells devine and melts in the mouth!! It’s my grown son’s favorite meal.

    • sarah says:

      hmmm thanks Candy, I havne’t done a pork loin in mine…I am trying that thanks, plus have a huge sage bush outside that needs to do something other than chicken. x

  19. Jos says:

    Yuuuuuum – looks divine and gorgeous photos Sarah – the styling is divine. I am also a die-hard slow cooker cook – hype -even in summer I love my sc. And your roast chicken in the slow cooker has been a thing of pure genius – have never tasted such moist chicken – it is the best. Pure and simple. Have a great weekend – that little pooch is too cute for words. About to leave ours while we pop off for a few days and feel a bit misty – it’s amazing how quickly they capture your heart! xxx

    • sarah says:

      thanks Jos, yes the chicken in there is fab…have you tried popping it in the over for 20 mins to crisp the skin up at the end? ….it’s more work and to heat the over up for that is a pain but I do that sometimes and then you get the crispy skin too which my kiddos love.

      oh I love styling food and recipes….this could very easily turn into a food blog lol x

  20. Anonymous says:

    Yum! sounds sensational- sign me up to try cooking this one in my new -I love it so much slow cooker braiser thingy!!

    ps loving the napkin and spotty spoon -beautiful and amazing job on the food photography-your styling is perfect…food is so very hard to get to look appealing sometimes and you’ve nailed it gal!: )

  21. Melody says:

    Loving the surfer roast/stew recipe. My DD wants me to update her Sarah Cookbook!
    We’re writing down a list and will make this Sunday. Such a blessing you posted it!!
    I like the idea of chicken in white wine also! YUM!!
    We just drooled over Barley and he is a lucky fellow to be adopted by you!!!
    How cute is he?!?!?!? OMG!!! Adorable.
    Your posts make my day even if I don’t always comment.
    They definitely put a smile on my face and kept me going!!
    Have a super weekend Miss Sarah.
    ((((((hugs)))))) :)

    • sarah says:

      oh thanks Melody, what a lovely comment..

      you will love the roast/stew recipe, it really is a no-brainer but tastes divine…just remember long and slow & it will be lovely

      thanks for reading & commenting, I appreciate it x

  22. Jasmine says:

    Yum, yum! I love slow cooker recipes.

    And I’m like you, not a huge fan of recipes that include throwing a can of soup or pre-made sauce into the crockpot. It seems like cheating somehow.

    x Jasmine

  23. michelle says:

    I am a complete slow cooker virgin. Never used one. Never seen one used…I know, I know however your recipes and everyones comments has made me rush out and buy one BUT any recommendations on which make/type?

    Im definately inspired to try something new but dont know where to start!

    All help gratefully received :-)

    Thanks! M

    PS: love Barley. We have two rescue dogs. One is 11.5 and one is 2 and they are wonderful and complete our little family.

    • sarah says:

      we looked and looked for a rescue dog but it never happened for us :-(

      ok on the slow cooker a ‘Crock Pot’ (trademarked name) is probs the way to go, not that I have ever had one b/c in the UK and here too, when I was first using them actual Crock Pots were only in the States, now however, at least here, you can get them anywhere…

      otherwise, really I just buy the basic bog standard one in a shop here that is similar to something like Argos…

      the main thing is getting used to how your slow cooker cooks, some run hotter than others, my old one from England is much cooler than the ones I have from here…the first few recipes are definitely trial and error but if you start with something like this recipe you can’t really go wrong as long as you leave it in there long enough

      btw how are you? nice to hear from you x

      • Michelle says:

        It’s hard work having a puppy bit like having a newborn again…good luck with it he is sooooo gorgeous.

        Thank you for your tips.

        All good here thanks…I still visit you daily just don’t often comment :-)

        Still love your blog after all these years – you are definitely like a ‘feel good’ friend you can have a coffee and a gossip with and go home feeling refreshed and energised!! Keep up good work.

        Gotta go now I have a crock pot to purchase!! :-)

        Thanks again M x

  24. Barefoot Liz says:

    Sarah, I want to go to your place for dinner. That looks so incredibly delicious!

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