Pasta bolognese. Traditional italian dish of pasta with tomato and meat mince sauce served in a plate with parmesan cheese and thyme, top view

What’s not to love about slow cooked meals! They are just the best thing on a cold wintry day. With just a little bit of prep this amazing Beef Ragu can be left to simmer away until dinner time and it is superb! If you’re VERY lucky, you’ll have leftovers for another meal. See the recipe below, on page 8

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Judy McAuliffe is a writer, and publisher Essence Mid Canterbury. Her experience in media is extensive and includes approximately 15 years as Creative Director for The Radio Network, writing, and managing the writing of radio advertising, mainly in Invercargill and Greymouth. In the late 1990’s she transferred to Christchurch, moving into an Account Management role with 91ZM. In 2007 she and a business partner set up Essence Mid Canterbury, very quickly adapting her radio-writing skills to print media. Judy became sole owner of Essence Mid Canterbury in June 2014. Judy is a ‘people person’ and has found her niche writing feature stories about the community she lives in and the people who live there. She is also available for freelance writing assignments.