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Mounds of Food

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I love it whenI literally have to mound a meal onto my plate, piling on the pieces, trying to stop stray pieces of steak or carrot from rolling onto the bench because the plate can not contain the deliciousness. Admittedly, my plate is not large, and the food is mainly vegetables, but despite this it makes the meal feel generous. The only problem with this is that mounds of food don’t photograph well. I’m thinking that maybe chefs are onto something with their minimalist presentation – it makes the food look better.

Tonight’s Korean steak is meant to be served in lettuce cups. I failed at making the lettuce cups. No matter how carefully I tried to separate the lettuce leaves, they split into pieces. That’s why the recipe turned into Korean steak on a heap of lettuce instead of being daintily spooned into delicate bowls of lettuce. It’s not attractive but it tastes good.

Celery and carrots are quickly cooked in a fry pan with a  little water and then marinated steak is added, followed by spring onion and sesame seeds. The marinade is sweet, spicy & salty with soy, garlic, ginger, sugar, cayenne pepper and sesame oil. Serving the cooked meat and vegetables on top of lettuce was a refreshing, summery change from rice and something I haven’t tried before but definitely will again.

Korean Steak Recipe (adapted from GoodHouseKeeping.com)

(serves 2)

Ingredients

  • 225g steak, cut into small cubes
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped finely
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 spring onion, chopped finely
  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • Lettuce leaves

Method

1. Cut steak into small cubes and marinate it in soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, garlic, ginger & cayenne pepper
2. While steak is marinating, chop celery stalks finely, grate the carrot and slice the spring onion
3. Heat a fry pan to a medium-high temperature and add celery, carrot and 1/4 cup water. Cook for 2-3 minutes until celery is heated through and beginning to cook
4. Add steak and its marinade. Cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring often, until the steak has just browned on all surfaces
5. Add the spring onion and sesame seeds and cook for a further minute
6. Serve in lettuce leaf cups (good luck) or on a pile of shredded lettuce. Enjoy.

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Looks Are Deceiving …

I was excited to make dinner tonight. It was a recipe from the bonappetit website for Seared Asian Steak and Mushrooms on Mixed Greens with Ginger Dressing (quite a long recipe title, eh?!) and seemed like the perfect solution for a warm Spring evening.

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I wanted to post the picture this size so you couldn’t see how unappetising the meat looks, but here’s the proper sized picture:

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For once I nearly followed the recipe, only taking a few shortcuts. Usually my kitchen shortcuts don’t make too much of a difference in the final product but today it showed. I really SHOULD have toasted the sesame seeds and I really SHOULD NOT have bought cheap steak and then overcooked it too! Despite this salad’s washed out looks it really DID taste good. The meatiness of the mushrooms goes fantastically with the steak and the dressing is delicious and zingy.

Preparation involves whisking the salad dressing ingredients, toasting the sesame seeds, sautéing the mushrooms and frying the steak – a very achievable week night dinner. I almost wanted to make another one with better meat, just so I could get a photo that might persuade you to try it too!

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Sesame Beef Stir Fry

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When I was growing up, broccoli seemed almost exotic. Our family didn’t eat broccoli at this stage and I always enjoyed it when I had dinner at my best friend’s house. Years later, the novelty hasn’t worn off but I enjoy broccoli for different reasons. I love how it only takes a few minutes to steam and how sauce gets stuck in its little finger bits (I’m sure they have a name, any ideas anyone?!).

This quick recipe is based on the Sesame Beef & Noodles by Women’s Weekly. I have simplified the method a little bit, added more broccoli (yum) and used dried rice noodles instead of fresh rice noodles because they are a lot easier to find and super cheap too. I like that this recipe doesn’t have  a lot of ingredients.

Sesame Beef Stir Fry

(serves 2)

Ingredients

  • 200g beef
  • 1/2t sesame oil
  • 1/2TBSP peanut oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 broccoli head
  • 100g rice noodles
  • 1TBSP sesame seeds
  • 1/8C oyster sauce
  • 1/8C sweet chilli sauce

Method

1. Coat beef with oils and garlic. Cover and leave to marinate over night
2. Put rice noodles in a large bowl, cover with boiling water until soft (about 3 minutes) then drain
3. Cut broccoli head into florets
4. Simmer broccoli for 1 minute until bright green, drain
5. Microwave sesame seeds at minute intervals until golden brown
6. Stir fry beef over a high heat. When just browned add noodles, broccoli and sauces
7. Serve stir fry sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds

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