Braised shin of beef



  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 500g/1lb 2oz un-smoked pancetta, chopped into large cubes
  • 1.5kg/3lb 5oz shin of beef, sliced into 2.5cm/1in wide rounds
  • 85ml/3fl oz red wine
  • 1kg/2¼lb large organic winter carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 head of celery, roughly chopped
  • 1kg/2¼lb pickling onions or shallots
  • 1kg/2¼lb tomatoes, roasted and sieved to a purée
  • 1 litre/1¾ pints good beef stock or water
  • 1 bouquet garni
  • mashed potatoes, to serve