Slowing Down For Winter

With winter in full swing it is time for slow cooking. One of my favourite winter meals is corned beef gently simmered in spices. Start this recipe early in the day and let your mouth water as the house slowly fills with the aroma of midwinter spices. Hot slices of corned beef go great with vegetables and parsley sauce. The next day reward yourself with cold corned beef sandwiches topped with sauerkraut and sour cream.

Corned Beef



3 stalks of celery, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1.5kg corned beef or silverside
15 peppercorns
8 cloves
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
4 cups water

Place the carrots and celery in a slow cooker.
Rinse the corned beef then place on top of the vegetables.
Add the remaining ingredients.
Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.


  1. That looks delicious! Corned beef is a Chicago favorite around Saint Patrick’s Day. We serve it with cabbage, but I never thought about eating it with sauerkraut and sour cream (which I love.) A cold sandwich would be in order here now, that we are finally in the heat! You come up with such great culinary ideas 🙂

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    1. I’ve read that corned beef and cabbage is popular with Irish Americans. I love sauerkraut so I thought the two would be a great match!
      I’ve also heard about the heat that has hit your side of the country. I’m sure you’re relieved that is has finally arrived. 🙂

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      1. Yes, the Irish are credited for corned beef in America — however, according to some research I once did for St. Pat’s Day, it was actually the Jews who brought the recipes over, and the Irish, living in close quarters with them, loved and adopted corned beef 🙂

        Yesss!!!! I am currently loving our heat waves!! Temps hitting 90s. It is my Summerlands 🙂

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      2. I believe the original Irish dish was bacon and cabbage which sounds delicious. The Jewish connection makes sense. There’s also something called a New England Boiled Dinner which is boiled corned beef with vegetables. This is what I love about researching food and recipes – you learn so much about history and other cultures!

        Enjoy your time in the Summerlands! Spring is nearly upon us Down Under and I’m actually looking forward to getting some warmth into these old bones. 🙂

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  2. Corned beef is one of my favorites and yet I very rarely make it. Thanks I will be picking up some this weekend it brings back memories too.
    As for the cold corned beef sandwiches absolutely the best.

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    1. A friend commented on Facebook that they slow cook their corned beef in ginger beer which sounds awesome! Hope you enjoy your weekend cooking. 🙂


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