This post is about the meal I cooked last Friday.
You can see straight away that I'm an omnivore, can't you? I love vegetables, but I also love meat.
This is what I cooked:
Starter (not illustrated!): Olive Tapenade on toasted home-made bread
Main course: Grilled beefsteak escalopes, seasoned with black-and-red pepper (the red being cayenne); potato and celeriac gratin; and home-grown Purple Sprouting Broccoli in Roquefort (blue cheese) sauce.
Dessert: Pears poached in white wine, flavoured with cinnamon and cloves.
Wine: Domaine les Yeuses, cuvee le Sirius, 2008 (from Majestic wines)
Using a meat-mallet I beat the steak escalopes thin and marinated them for about four hours with the black-and-red pepper and a little oil. I cooked them briefly on a very hot griddle.
|One and a half each, in case you were wondering!|
My other vegetable dish was the broccoli in cheese sauce. Since the PSB is quite delicate and cooks rapidly, I made the sauce in advance and poured it over the broccoli once it had been cooked (boiled for about 3 minutes) and drained. The sauce was made by the usual roux method using butter, flour and milk, adding the crumbled Roquefort cheese at the end.
Here is the whole ensemble, plated up:
I had made the dessert well in advance because I wanted the pears to be chilled. This is my method:
Peel the pears (two small ones each), poach them for about half an hour or until tender, in a pan containing water and white wine (in a ratio of 2:1), half a stick of cinnamon and two cloves. When cooked, remove the pears and reduce the liquor by boiling it hard until it goes down to about a quarter of its original volume.
Jane is diabetic, so I didn't add any sugar, but sugar would be a good addition if you wanted the reduction to be syrupy. Finally, the pears and their liquor were put in the fridge to cool.
Afterthought: a spoonful of Creme Fraiche or Mascarpone might have been nice with the pears...
So that's it folks. With a bit of sympathetic consultancy from Jane, I'm beginning to broaden my culinary repertoire - and doing something that I enjoy just as much as gardening!