Hearty meal is a win­ner

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IT’S taken 10 episodes and sev­eral snacks, sweets and savouries for Recipe To Riches to fi­nally serve up a hearty meal, and the win­ning cook says it’s a bless­ing.

Syd­neysider Susie Barnes won the ‘‘Clas­sics’’ sec­tion of the Net­work Ten am­a­teur cook­ing show with her tra­di­tional ox­tail stew. It’s ba­si­cally the first ready-toeat meal to win the se­ries.

The clos­est pre­vi­ous episode win­ners have come to of­fer­ing a meal are Chilli Con Carne, which in­cluded a bag of corn chips, and the Golden Greek Pizza Kit which was a frozen dough base.

Barnes’ dish, which was handed down by her late mother Margie, has been mar­keted as Butcher’s Se­cret Ox­tail Stew and is on sale in the freezer sec­tion at Woolworths stores.

‘‘It’s all done . . . I think I have a huge ad­van­tage be­cause it is an al­ready pre­pared meal,’’ she says.

‘‘All any­one has to do, if they want, is add veg­eta­bles and pota­toes. It’s ver­sa­tile be­cause you can take the meat off the bone and use the sauce for spaghetti.’’

Barnes says the recipe dates back to the 1950s, if not ear­lier, and was cre­ated in an era where waste was not tol­er­ated and fam­i­lies made do with what­ever re­sources they had.

She says she has made a few changes to her mother’s orig­i­nal recipe, swap­ping the beef stock for red wine and adding more orange rind, and it’s a favourite with her three sons. ‘‘I doc­tored it up over the years,’’ Barnes says. ‘‘It would have orig­i­nated in the ‘50s and it’s prob­a­bly some­thing she had as a child, too, be­cause it was a cheap cut of meat.’’

Each con­tes­tant on Recipe To Riches has to be able to up­size their win­ning recipe from a din­ner party del­i­cacy to cre­ate 200 meals. That proved more chal­leng­ing for Barnes and she al­most didn’t make it through af­ter mis­cal­cu­lat­ing her mea­sure­ments.

‘‘My recipe was for 10 and I had to do it for 200 peo­ple and in­stead of mul­ti­ply­ing it by 20 I mul­ti­plied by 10, so I was way out ini­tially,’’ she says.

‘‘My chil­dren were ap­palled . . . I had to do 80kg of ox­tail and weigh herbs which I had never done be­fore.’’

Barnes col­lected $10,000 for win­ning the episode and she now has a chance to pocket $100,000 and a food pro­duc­tion part­ner­ship with Woolworths if she wins the se­ries.

There is just one more episode of Recipe To Riches and then the win­ner will be de­ter­mined by who sold the most prod­ucts at Woolworths su­per­mar­kets in the first four days af­ter the show.

weekly win­ner, Syd­ney jew­ellery de­signer Susie Barnes

Recipe To Riches: Tues­days, 7.30pm, Ten, Ten SC

– DAR­REN CARTWRIGHT

Recipe to Riches

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