1 Heat the oven to 150°C (130° fan) 300°F gas 2.
2 Heat the oil in a large frying pan and brown the meat cubes in batches. Put into a baking dish.
3 Add the bacon, onions, parsnips, carrots and garlic to the pan and cook briefly until just browned. Put into the baking dish.
4 Pour in the brandy and red wine. Season to taste with salt and pepper and stir everything together. Cover tightly and cook for 3-3 1/2 hours until the meat is very tender.
5 Garnish with thyme sprigs to serve.