Brown the beef in the
butter. Add the onions and fry 3 minutes more. Add the flour and stir
well. Add the beer; the meat should be covered, if not add some water.
Bring to the boil, add salt and pepper to taste, and the bay leaves,
vinegar and cloves and simmer for 2 hours. Take the cloves and bay leaves
out. Add the space cake and simmer 15 minutes more. Dissolve the corn
starch in a little water and add to the meat. Heat, while stirring,
until the gravy thickens. Serve with mashed potatoes.
Hachee comes from the
word "hacher" which means "to chop" in French. Apparently this dish
has been known in Europe from the Middle Ages and consisted of chopped
meat and onions or vegetables. Vinegar was always used to tenderize