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Roughly dice the beef. Wash the thyme and shake dry.

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Peel the onions and garlic. Cut the onion into slices and finely chop the garlic.

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Turn the meat cubes in the flour and wipe off the excess. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the meat cubes in batches until browned all over. Transfer the meat to a casserole dish.

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Add the onions and the garlic to the pan and fry for 10 minutes until browned, stirring occasionally.

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Place the browned onions and garlic in the dish.

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Grate the lemon zest. Add the zest, vegetable stock , beer, thyme and 2 tsp lemon juice to the meat. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and bring to the boil. Simmer for 2 hours over a medium heat. If necessary, add some extra beer or stock.

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Add the sugar or honey shortly before the end of the cooking time. Season again with salt and pepper. Serve with pasta or polenta.