Saturday, June 05, 2010

Being creative and enjoying life

One of life's enojoyments for me is cooking.  I borrowed the DVD "Julie and Julia" and was able to watch the movie today....(that's also one of life's little pleasures I don't get to do much) and was inspired to pull out my collection of cookbooks.  I came across the "faithful" one - "day to day cookery" (4th ed) by I.M. Downes and Elaine Grant.  You will know it, it's used in High School for Home Economics - well it used to be when I went to High School.  I'll have to ask my nieces if this is still the case.

Anyway, I flicked through and found a receipe for casserole steak.  Started out with basic receipe and then as usually happens in my house, I make some changes depending on what's available.  So here's my take on it:

500g topside, lade or skirt steak cut into serving size pieces
¼ cup flour (plain)
2 teaspoons gravy powder

½ teaspoon each sweet paprika, cumin seeds, coriander powder
1 onion, sliced
2 carrots, large dice
1 zucchini, diced
1 large potato, diced
1 ½ cups water or beef stock
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 teaspoon red curry paste
¼ cup Hoi Sin Sauce
A little oil

Shake meat in flour to coat and then brown well in heated oil in pan. Add prepared vegetables, Mix together gravy powder, herbs, beef stock (water), vinegar, red curry paste and Hoi Sin Sauce and pour over meat and veges. Mix gently and cook either in oven (oven proof casserole dish) or on top of stove simmering for about 2 hours.   Serve with rice, couscous or mashed potatoes and steamed beans.

PS  Added note:  it tastes better if you put it in fridge and re-heat it next day......

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