Pour the sherry and soy sauce into a large bowl. Add the sugar and stir until it has dissolved.
Cut the steak into 1.25cm (½ inch) slices and add to the bowl. Turn the steak to coat, then cover the bowl, refrigerate and leave to marinade for at least an hour.
Remove the bowl from the fridge just before preparing the rice to enable steak to come to room temperature.
For the rice
Put the onion, rice, stock, and cumin seeds into a large pan and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook for 35–40 minutes until the stock has been absorbed by the rice.
When it is cooked, leave to rest for 10 minutes while cooking the steak and vegetables.
For the steak
First, cut the tomatoes in half and then each half into thirds.
Drain the meat, reserving the marinade.
Blend the cornflour/cornstarch into the marinade and set to one side.
Now heat the oil in a large frying pan/skillet over a medium heat. Add the steak and stir-fry for 2–3 minutes, turning frequently, until lightly browned.
Add the mushrooms and stir-fry for a further minute.
Add the tomatoes and stir in the reserved marinade. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and cook for 1 minute.
Divide the rice amongst four plates, spooning it around the edge of each plate to form a circle. Now spoon the steak and vegetables into the centre of the rice, and spoon over any sauce remaining in the pan.
Serve immediately garnished with a little parsley.
I have two recipes for chicken cacciatore. One I have already posted (see Chicken Cacciatore) and this one I call Chicken Hunter’s Style. We like both recipes although they are slightly different. As cacciatore means hunter in Italian, it seemed an appropriate way to be able to identify the two.
Chicken Hunter’s Style – breasts of chicken are cooked with diced bacon and onions, sliced mushrooms and plum tomatoes in a seasoned tomato sauce.
You will also need a large sauté pan with lid and a medium-sized serving dish
Warm the serving dish in the oven.
Now heat the oil in the pan over a medium heat, add the chicken and brown on both sides, about 5 minutes. Remove to a plate and set to one side.
Put the bacon in the pan and sauté for 1 minute, tossing frequently. Then add the onions and mushrooms, reduce the heat a little, and cook until the onions are soft and the mushrooms are golden, about 5 minutes. Stir through the garlic and cook for a further minute.
Next stir in the wine and tomatoes, then return the chicken to the pan and sprinkle with the parsley and seasoning.
Cover and gently simmer for 30 minutes, turning the chicken halfway through. Add the basil during the last 5 minutes of cooking.
Remove the chicken to the warmed serving dish and pour over the sauce.
I have two recipes for chicken cacciatore. One I have already posted (see Chicken Hunter’s Style) and this one is called Chicken Cacciatore. We like both recipes although they are slightly different. As cacciatore means hunter in Italian, it seemed an appropriate way to be able to identify the two.
Chicken is sautéed and then cooked with chopped onions, sliced mushrooms and chopped tomatoes in a seasoned sauce. Rocket/arugula is then stirred through before serving.
You will also need a deep-sided sauté pan for this recipe.
Heat half the oil and half the butter in the pan, and when the butter starts to foam, add the chicken. Over a medium heat brown the chicken on both sides, about 4 minutes, then remove and put to one side.
Next add the remaining oil and butter to the pan, and once the butter starts to foam, add the onions and mushrooms to the pan. Reduce the heat and gently cook for about 8 minutes, until the onions begin to soften and the mushrooms turn a golden colour. Add the garlic and cook for a further minute.
Stir in the tomatoes and chicken stock, then add the oregano and bay leaf. Now return the chicken to the pan. Bring the sauce to the boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes, turning the chicken halfway through, until the chicken is cooked and the sauce has thickened.
Remove the bay leaf, then season well and stir through the rocket/arugula.
Pour the milk into a large pan. Cut the salmon into cubes and add with the prawns/shrimp to the pan. Bring to the boil. Then remove from the heat, cover, and leave for 5 minutes to cook the fish.
Now drain the fish, reserving the liquor, and place in the base of the pie dish with the sweetcorn.
Next, melt the butter in a clean pan. Add the flour and mix to form a paste. Cook over a low heat for 1 minute. Then gradually stir in the reserved liquor until smooth. Increase the heat, and stir the sauce until it is really thick, about 2 minutes. Now stir in the wine and add the mushrooms. Simmer for 3 minutes. Season to taste and add the dill.
Pour sauce over the fish and mix in. Leave to cool slightly, about 10 minutes.
Trim the pastry to fit the top of the pie dish. Dampen the rim of the dish with water and use the trimmings to cover the rim of the dish. Dampen the rim of pastry with water and lift the large piece of pastry over the top. Press down around the rim of the dish to seal the pastry and knock-back the edges. Make 2 holes in the top to allow steam to escape during cooking.
Brush the top of the pastry with egg glaze. Place on a baking tray and bake in the centre of the oven for 25–30 minutes until the pastry is golden.
* 3 sprigs of fresh parsley, 2 sprigs of fresh thyme and 1 bay leaf, tied together. Or the leaves only in dried form enclosed in a square of cheesecloth and tied. In the U.K. these are already prepared in a small sachet.
You will also need a casserole with lid.
Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) (gas 4)
Heat half the oil in a frying pan/skillet over a medium heat. Add the chicken pieces to the pan and sauté on both sides for about 5 minutes until they are golden brown. Transfer to the casserole.
Add the remaining oil to the pan, tip in the vegetables and bacon. Stir to coat in the oil and then sauté for about 5 minutes.
Reduce the heat and stir in the flour and cook for 2–3 minutes. Then gradually add the stock, stirring constantly. Bring to the boil and continue stirring until the sauce thickens.
Remove from the heat and add the tomatoes and sherry. Season and give it a good stir.
Finally, add the bouquet garni and sliced mushrooms to the casserole and then pour in the sauce. Cover and cook in the oven for 1 hour.
A delicious combination of spice, herbs and sweetness. Strips of pork tenderloin, cooked in a paprika and herb sauce, with red peppers and mushrooms. Just add a dollop of Greek yogurt and sprinkle with more paprika.
This chicken and mixed cheese bake is made with bite-sized pieces of chicken, strips of bacon and mushrooms, sautéed and then baked in a mixed cheese sauce with a grated Parmesan and breadcrumb topping. A very simple dish that tastes really good.
Cut the bacon into thin strips. Then heat the oil in a frying pan/skillet and add the bacon. Cook over a medium heat until the bacon starts to crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside.
Next, cut the chicken into bite-size pieces and put in the pan in a single layer. Brown all over, adding a little extra olive oil if needed. This may need to be done 2 batches. Remove from the pan and set aside with the bacon.
Then put the mushrooms in the pan and sauté over a low heat for 2 minutes, turning occasionally.
Finally, pour in the sauce and heat through.
Return the chicken and bacon to the pan and stir to coat with the sauce. Season and transfer to a gratin dish.
Mix together the breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese and scatter over the chicken mixture.
Bake near the top of the oven for 20 minutes until the breadcrumbs are golden and the sauce is bubbling.
new or baby potatoes and a green salad, green beans, or spinach
large frying pan/skillet
Warm a plate in the oven.
Then, place the frying pan/skillet over a medium heat and pour in the olive oil. When it is hot, add the butter. Once the butter has melted, add the pork to the pan. Brown the pork on both sides, about 5 minutes, then reduce the heat and cook for a further 5 minutes on each side. Transfer to the warmed plate and and return it to the oven.
Toss the mushrooms in the pan to coat and cook until lightly browned, 2–3 minutes. Lift out with a slotted spoon and add to the pork.
Blend the flour into the pan juices. Gradually stir in the wine until the sauce is smooth and then add the thyme leaves. Increase the heat and let it bubble until reduced by about two-thirds.
Turn the heat down to low and stir in the crème fraîche and mustard to warm through. Do not let the mixture boil as it will make the mustard taste bitter. Season.
Return the pork, mushrooms and any juices, to the pan and stir the sauce. Heat everything through very gently and then serve garnished with snipped chives, if liked.
4 rashers streaky bacon/side bacon, rinded and rolled
1 egg yolk
3 tbsp double cream/whipping cream
juice of ½ lemon (1½ tablespoons)
chopped fresh parsley to garnish
*In Canada these little bags of bouquet garni aren’t available so I make my own. Traditionally, thyme, parsley stalks and bay leaf are wrapped in a small piece of muslin and tied to make a sack.
Seasonal green vegetables
Place the chicken, onion, carrots, mushrooms, bouquet garni and seasoning in a pan and cover with water. Bring slowly to the boil and then reduce the heat and simmer gently for 20 minutes.
Remove from the heat, strain off the stock and reserve.
Cut the chicken into cubes and set to one side.
Preheat the grill/broiler to high.
Over a medium heat melt the butter in a separate pan. Reduce the heat and add the flour, stirring to form a paste (a roux). Cook for 2 minutes and then remove from the heat. Measure off 600ml/20 fl oz/1 pint of the reserved stock and gradually stir it into the roux until smooth. Bring to the boil and continue to stir until the sauce thickens.
Reduce the heat, add the chicken and vegetables and heat through, about 2 minutes.
Meanwhile, grill/broil the bacon rolls until crisp on the outside.
In a small bowl, blend the egg yolk and cream together. Stir a little of the sauce into the mixture and blend until smooth. Add the mixture to the sauce and stir through, being careful not to let the sauce boil. Then stir in the lemon juice.
Serve the fricassee garnished with the bacon rolls and chopped parsley.