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Thai beef with Nam Jim & pickled vegetables

IMG_1162February temperatures, hail sleet and morning frosts. It can only be April! Get some heat in with this delicious spicy beef with Nam Jim and pickled veg. These pickles work well with any hot Thai dish and will keep well in the fridge for a couple of weeks. The Nam Jim is great with lots of meat not just the beef as well as over a delicious raw veg salad.

Thai beef with Nam Jim and pickled vegetables
Serves 4
700g beef – sirloin, flank, flat iron or bavette all work well sliced into strips
Couple of handfuls of peanuts roasted
2 red chilies

Nam Jim Sauce
1 thumb sized piece of ginger peeled and chopped
3 cloves of garlic peeled chopped and mashed
4 chilies red preferably but not critical
juice of  3 limes
2-3 tbsp each of fish sauce and palm sugar or more to taste
1 bunch of coriander including root and stalk

To make nam jim, trim roots from coriander and rinse well. Pick leaves and reserve. (You can use a pestle and mortar if you want to do it the authentic Thai way but I usually throw everything into the processor when I am in a hurry).
Process coriander roots, ginger, garlic, the chillies, lime juice, fish sauce and brown sugar in the processor until well combined and finely chopped.
Combine half the nam jim with beef in a large bowl, cover and refrigerate for about 30 minutes to marinate.
Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large pan or wok over high heat. Add half the beef mixture and stir-fry for 3 minutes or until beef is browned and just cooked through. Remove from wok and repeat with the remaining 2 tablespoons oil and beef mixture.
Mix remaining chilies, the leaves of the coriander, the cooked beef and remaining nam jim into a bowl and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper, put onto a serving platter, scatter with roasted peanuts and serve with rice or noodles, if using as well as a little bowl of the pickled vegetables. This is chock full of goodness with fresh raw veg and spices making up the dressings and if you want to keep the calories down you could simply toss the picked veg through the beef, add loads of fresh coriander and mint leaves and simply serve as is.

Pickled Veg
A selection of carrot batons, deseeded cucumber, spring onion, slices of cauliflower.
Pack into a jar for which you have a lid.
Pickling juice
Pour 100ml each of water and white wine vinegar into a pot
Add 1/2 tsp coriander seeds, few black pepper corns, some mustard and cumin seeds.
Add 3 tbsp sugar and then heat the mix gently to dissolve together
Take off the heat and let cool. Add your veggies and set aside in the fridge until needed.

Marinated Beef with Chimichurri dipping sauce

I’m not a huge red meat eater but do I make an exception for this cut of beef, cooked rare or at most medium rare and slathered with this dipping sauce from Argentina (another home of great beef) it is the perfect casual platter food when you don’t feel like doing too much. Pile a load of steamed broccoli on the side and you have a meal which will be demolished in no time. We had a weekend of beautiful sunshine so spent it outdoors on long family walks and this was really popular with everyone in the family.

Bavette with Chimichurri

Chimichurri Dipping Sauce

2 cups flat leaf parsley leaves chopped
4 garlic cloves, peeled and mashed
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 tbsp capers
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper
1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Add everything except the oil to a blender and pulse until chopped uniformly
With the blender running , add the oil slowly until fully incorporated and well mixed
Transfer to a bowl, cover and leave aside for the flavours to develop
This sauce is delicious with any meat or chicken as well as drizzled on top of salads.

Marinated Bavette
1 piece of Bavette
2 cloves of garlic peeled chopped and mashed
salt and pepper
rapeseed oil
1 handful of fresh rosemary and thyme picked and chopped
Combine the herbs, garlic, add salt and pepper with few glugs of rapeseed oil
Cover the beef with the marinade and leave for a few hours for the flavour to develop
Wipe off the excess
Heat a griddle pan to high heat and turn your oven on to 180C
Sear the beef of all sides until golden brown about 2 minutes each side
Into the oven to finish the cooking for about 5 minutes for rare beef
Leave it to rest covered, for a few minutes
Slice on the grain and serve with the sauce and veg of choice.
Amazing!

Chargrilled flat iron beef with Tossed Asian Style Vegetables

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chargrilled flatiron and asian greens

This cut of beef is becoming very popular and I love it, make sure to trim it if there is a membrane on the outside of it but once cooked and cut across the grain is a delicious piece of meat and easy and quick to prepare. This was a real crown pleaser so I hope the cut doesnt get too expensive as it’s popularity grows!

Chargrilled flat iron beef with Tossed Asian Greens
Serves 4
4 flat iron beef steaks
2 cloves of garlic peeled chopped and mashed
salt and pepper
rapeseed oil

Trim the flat irons
Chop and mash the garlic, add salt and pepper with few glugs of rapeseed oil
Cover the beef with the marinade and leave for a few hours for the flavour to develop

Stir Fryed Asian Style Greens
1 Pak Choi cleaned and trimmed,
2 handfuls of Tender stem broccoli blanched for 3 minutes
1 handful baby corn blanched for 3 minutes
2 handful mangetout cleaned and trimmed
1 red pepper de-seeded and julienned
2 tbsp black sesame seed
4 tbsp rapeseed oil
1″ fresh ginger peeled and finely chopped
1 clove garlic

Dressing – Mix the following:-
2 tbsp sesame oil
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp soy sauce

Wipe off the heavy excess and cook the steaks on a hot griddle pan for few minutes each side – ideally this should be cooked rare at most medium rare.
Set aside to rest, meanwhile stir fry the vegetables by adding the oil to the hot wok and add the ginger and garlic and stir fry for a few minutes, toss in veg in the following order pepper, corn, broccoli mangetout and then the cabbage greens stir frying between each addition for a few minutes.
Pour over the dressing ingredients, toss over the sesame seeds, season and pour on to serving platter.
Carve the steaks and serve with the vegetables. Delicious 🙂

Marinated Beef with Satay Sauce, Cucumber Relish……and a little mouse

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Turn away if you are mouse squeamish but I just have to share my Horrific weekend experience. I have been intending for months to get out into the garden to get it summer ready (eternal optimist) and finally got out there this weekend. Feverishly working away pulling over-grown weeds and raking dead leaves out of flower beds, finally making my way to my little raised vegetable bed. I keep it covered with netting pegged with bamboo to keep the blasted cats out and was hard at work pulling it all out of the bed when something hit me on the chest and tumbled down to my feet…. A MOUSE (shudder) almost as terrified as me, now clinging to a bamboo I had pulled out. When I finally stopped dancing around the garden, shuddering all the while, I called for help….NOTHING! My amused husband looking on from upstairs eventually coming down to observe while I tried to whoosh it into the under growth. Clearly the damm cats have forgotten their heritage and I have now banned Eva from giving them scraps as hunger might encourage them to revert to their nature and keep the mices away.

Recovery from the shock was helped by this delicious beef satay Neven Maguire recipe, so tender it was melt in the mouth and the chunky satay keeps in the fridge & works equally well with chicken, pork or stirred into noodles for a tasty quick dish. Please do make the cucumber relish as it goes amazingly with the beef. Overall an amazing tasty healthy dish guaranteed to please. Mice optional…..

Beef Marinade
3 garlic cloves mashed and crushed
2 fl oz pineapple juice, light soy sauce
1 fl oz kecap manis (Like a sweet thai ketchup available Asian markets)
4 tsp caster sugar
1 tsp chinese five spice
500gr sirloin or rump steak cut into slim 2″ long pieces
Wooden Skewers to cook and serve

Tip skewers into cold water for a few minutes to ensure they don’t catch fire on the barb q or in the oven
Mix all the marinade ingredients and tip in the meat.
cover and chill until use – I did over night, at least 3 hours is needed.

Satay Sauce
2 tbsp rapeseed oil
1 small onion finely diced
1/2 red pepper cored and diced
2 cloves of garlic crushed
1″ piece of garlic chopped and crushed
150ml coconut milk
100ml water
4oz crunchy peanut butter
2fl oz sweet chilli sauce
2fl oz soy sauce
2 tbsp kecap manis (if you have it)
2oz toasted peanuts

Heat oil in a medium pot, add the garlic, onion, pepper and ginger.
Sweat gently for about 5 minutes – stir from time to time to prevent any catching.
Add coconut milk, peanut butter, soy, chilli sauce, coconut milk and water.
Stir well to combined, Bring to the boil and then gently simmer for about 10 minutes until it has thickened and reduced a little.

Cucumber Relish
1/2 cucumber, peeled deseeded and chopped into cresent slices
1 small shallot finely sliced
1 small red chilli juilienned – include seeds if you are brave!
4 tbsp white wine vinegar
2 tbsp sugar
4 tbsp water
salt

Combine the vinegar, water sugar and salt. Bring to the boil, remove from the heat and stir to dissolve the sugar. Cool then add all the rest of the ingredients.
Mix and set aside for the flavors to mingle .

To serve
Thread the meat onto 6 skewers
Heat barb Q or griddle pan and cook for about 6 minutes turning occasionally until done to your liking.
You can use the rest of the marinade to brush over them while they are cooking.
Arrange the skewers on serving plate and serve with Satay and Cucumber relish as well as some egg noodles if liked.

And just for proof….
Little Mouse

Beef & Eggs…

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This Ottolenghi inspired dish is perfect for a brunch with a gang as you could get 2 pans on the go and feed a good crowd of people with this tasty filling dish. Perfect filler with protein and good fats – would be a great option before a night out or after a walk on St. Stephens Day.

Feeds 2 normally – fed 1 hungry husband on this occasion.
1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
1 large onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
½ tsp flaked chilli
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp ground cumin
300g minced beef
6 small plum tomatoes cut in half
4 eggs
¾ tsp sumac
1 tbsp chopped parsley
Salt and pepper

Add the oil to a pan over a medium heat. Tip in the onion, garlic, chilli, paprika and cumin and cook for about 5 minutes to soften and colour a bit. Add the minced beef, 1 teaspoon of salt and some black pepper and brown well, about 8 minutes, stirring, on high heat. Add the tomatoes and cook for a further 5 minutes. Make 4 small wells into the mix and break an egg into each. Cook the eggs for a few minutes, and then you can either finish by putting a lid on and cooking for about 8 minutes more or popping into the oven to finish, when cooked the yolks will look a bit cloudy. Remove from the heat and sprinkle with sumac and finish with the parsley and a drizzle of olive oil. Serve at once with some flat breads. Delicious!

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