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Boiled Beef and Carrots


Lean salted silverside or brisket of beef stewed to form a rich gravy with sliced carrots and onions. Commonly flavoured with bouquet garni, peppercorns, cloves, bay. Other vegetables may be included such as turnip celery or leek. Typically served with mashed potato or dumplings and peas.

Immortalised by the Shoreditch music-hall singer/songwriter William Crump (1866-1942), better known by his stage name of Harry Champion:

Boiled beef and carrots,
Boiled beef and carrots,
That's the stuff for your "Darby Kel"*,
Makes you fat and it keeps you well.

Don't live like vegetarians,
On food they give to parrots,
From morn till night blow out your "kite"
On boiled beef and carrots.

*Darby Kelly, character from folklore and popular song = rhyming slang for 'belly'

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