…in other words, a fancier way to do “meat and three veg”….pancetta makes it fancier right?!
I’m still feeling a bit time-poor and not quite settled into a routine after the move and Christmas, but have really been wanting to get back in the kitchen and start cooking some new dishes.
This dish is definitely not technical and hardly worth writing up a recipe for, but it is something I haven’t put together before and it was delicious, so I’m going to share it anyway! I even came up with the idea all on my own (amateur cook here…very excited-hehe!)
Grilled herb steak
2 fillets of steak (I used porterhouse)
2 tsp dried thyme
1 clove garlic, crushed
Salt and black pepper, to taste
Cover the steak with all of the dry ingredients. Drizzle with a bit of olive oil and set aside in the fridge to marinate. I left mine for 30 minutes whilst preparing everything else below.
Cook to your tasting. I don’t, as a general rule, cook steak. That is usually DS’ job. Everyone likes their steak cooked differently…and there have been too many rubbery-steak instances at my hands!! However, last night, I cooked the steak…and happy to say it turned out ok! I fried it in the skillet, turning it just once (which is key…apparently!)
Mashed potato with pancetta
1/2 sweet potato, peeled and cut into big pieces
1 white potato, peeled and cut into big pieces
2 slices of pancetta, rind trimmed off and diced
Milk and butter, as required
I know mashed potato does not require a recipe, so I’ll just breeze through here….boil potatoes until soft. While they’re boiling, fry the pancetta for about 2 minutes until the pieces are a little crispy. Pat some of the oils off with paper towel. Mash the potatoes, add in milk and butter until you get a nice, creamy texture. Add in pancetta and combine – yum!
We served ours with a simple, fresh green salad consisting of lettuce, cucumber, snow peas, cherry tomatoes, red onion and a bit of goat’s cheese chevre on top (this cheese is my all-time favourite cheese, I think! So tasty).
The salad dressing I have been making recently is a lemon and olive oil combination.
Lemon salad dressing
1 fresh lemon, squeezed
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp dried thyme
S & P, just a tiny pinch
Whisk all of the above ingredients in a bowl until combined.
And there you have it. Even though it’s nothing special, I had to share…It was tasty, it was easy, win-win
Do you remember the favourite chocolate I mentioned a couple of weeks ago? I found some in one of our favourite shops in Hahndorf, in the Adelaide Hills on the weekend…isn’t this the prettiest chocolate you ever did see!!! White chocolate with a snowflake, cranberries and pistachio! It was delicious