30ml NoMU Olive Oil
600g beef fillet
1 onion, peeled and quartered
1 carrot, peeled and quartered
1 celery stick, cut into 8cm sticks
1 tsp NoMU Roast Rub
1 bay leaf
2 litres hot water
4 tbsp NoMU Beef Fond
1 cup of cooked brown lentils
150g fresh white bread crumbs
1 tbsp self raising flour
2 tbsp cream
1 whole egg and 1 egg white, slightly beaten
Zest of one lemon
1 tsp fresh thyme
NoMU Sea Salt
NoMU Black Pepper
Slice the meat into large bite-sized pieces. Season with salt and dust liberally with flour. Heat the oil in a heavy-based casserole pot and brown the meat really well. (Do this in 2 batches if necessary, otherwise the meat will stew instead of browning.) Using a slotted spoon, remove the browned cubes and set aside. Add the onion, carrot, celery and NoMU Roast Rub and sauté for 2 minutes.
Combine the water and Fond and add to the pot. Add the bay leaf and browned meat, bring to the boil, then turn down the heat and simmer very gently for 45-60minutes, skimming the surface when necessary.
While the soup is simmering, prepare the dumplings. Combine the dry ingredients in a food processor. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse to combine. Season with salt and pepper and form into walnut-sized balls.
Once the meat is extremely tender, remove the vegetables and add the cooked lentils. Check the seasoning. Add the dumplings and cook for a further 2-3 minutes or until dumplings rise to the surface. Serve piping hot.
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Tracy Foulkes is the heart and soul behind NoMU. Her passion for flavour inspired her to start the company in December 2000 in a very small, front room of her home in central Cape Town. Her love of spices and the stylish, uncomplicated way she loves to cook is very much evident in the NoMU range of products where the emphasis is always very clearly on Quality, Consistency and Innovation with an authentic and unusually personal story attached!
Tracy has become a well-respected South African food personality and businesswoman while NoMU’s story as an entrepreneurial case-study and branding success story has also seen the brand earn critical acclaim and attention in a variety of food related television programs, featured editorials and events. The NoMU Brand Story is presented in a variety of public speaking events throughout the year by Tracy’s partner and NoMU Co-Creator, Paul Raphaely.
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