Saturday, 3 October 2009

Steak au Poivre

First recipe down - Steak au poivre - and it was delicious.

- Brush steak with olive oil
- Add crushed peppercorn coating to each side.
- Sear both sides in hot oil.
- Turn heat to medium and add 1-2 tablespoons butter
- Cook 2-3 mins each side.
- Remove, add brandy/marsala/vermouth to the juices and cook for a few mins.
- Add some salt and cream, and voila - a classic start!

I normally only like to use very expensive steak - if you are going to eat meat, you may as well do it properly. But shepherds in primrose hill only had £6 pork chop, a £7 steak or a £1.25 minute steak. so minute steak it was and worked out fine.

I had this with some braised cabbage that tara had cooked for 2 hours earlier in the day, and roasted swede. Swede tastes much better roasted than mashed i reckon.

So a good start - only 503 pages to go and i have no idea how many recipes - i'll have to count them now and let you know.

Pudding was a cheesecake - my favourite . Made at the last minute, but not in "How to Eat" - not sure i would have chosen "How to Eat" if i'd known this!

- Crush some biscuits (i used lemon zest ones)
- Add to decent amount of melted butter
- Stir, add to cake tin, pat down and cook in oven for 10-15 mins
- Meanwhile, mix cream cheese, creme fraiche and icing sugar in a bowl.
- Add vanilla essence to taste.
- Add on top of the biscuit base, once cooled.
- Add topping and chill for 20-30 mins.

I had it with a glass of montbazillac that i've had for ages and opened last night. in fact it was the main reason i made the cheesecake!

Now just got to figure out what to make tomorrow - next page has beef carpaccio which is new to me and i love. so here's hoping.


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