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"I'm obsessed with the braised beef shin with grain salad at The Henry Austin in Adelaide, and would love to make it at home. Can you help?" - Sylvia Saad, Adelaide, SA
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|01||Preheat oven to 200C. Combine 2 tbsp oil, onion, celery and garlic in a deep casserole or heavy roasting pan large enough to hold the shin and roast, turning once, until vegetables are caramelised (50 minutes to 1 hour). Reduce oven to 140C, remove vegetables from oven and deglaze pan with wine. Add beef, tomatoes, thyme, star anise and stock, cover with a lid or baking paper and foil, and bake until meat is almost falling from the bone (4-4½ hours). Rest in stock for at least 30 minutes.|
|02||Meanwhile, for grain salad, bring freekeh, 250ml water and a pinch of salt to the boil in a covered small saucepan, then reduce heat to low and simmer gently until tender (30-40 minutes). Bring buckwheat, 250ml water and a pinch of salt to the boil in a separate small saucepan, reduce heat to low and simmer until water has evaporated and buckwheat is tender (14-15 minutes), then cool. Meanwhile, in another small saucepan, bring 250ml water to the boil, add quinoa and a pinch of salt, cover, reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring every few minutes, until water has evaporated and quinoa is tender (14-15 minutes). Dry-roast flaxseeds, sunflower seeds and pepitas in a heavy-based frying pan over medium-high heat until fragrant and flaxseeds start to pop (2-3 minutes). Gently combine grains, toasted seeds, raisins, lemon rind and juice, herbs and olive oil, and season to taste.|
|03||Remove beef from pan, skim off fat, strain liquid, reserving half the vegetables (discard star anise and thyme) and pour 1 litre cooking liquid back into pan (cool and freeze remaining liquid for another use). Simmer over medium-high heat until reduced by two-thirds (15-20 minutes), then add reserved vegetables and season to taste.|
|04||For yoghurt sauce, blend ingredients and a pinch of salt in a food processor until herbs are coarsely chopped. Transfer to a serving bowl, top with extra mint and serve with beef shin, reduced stock and grain salad.|