Food Challenge: Steak, Gravy & Smash!

Salaam & hi

I thought I’d share this quick and easy yet fabulously tasty dish with all of you.

Now with us being Indian, and South African Indian at that, we love our spicy food.
Although since Ramadhaan, my dad’s been having quite a lot of heartburn, and so we’ve had to tone down our spices.

😢😭 —> this is me, at the thought of consuming bland food!!!
I just can’t, please don’t make me!

Being rather busy yesterday morning, I managed to finish of all my chores so I could continue reading To Find A Bride and To Find A Groom…..
Only to have mom tell me to cook dinner!

After putting up a panicked tweet (which reflects on Facebook), I got suggestions from FB friends stating butter chicken and roast chicken.
Went to freezer… Only to find there’s no chicken!

Here’s when my little sister saw me taking out some Biryani Mutton to make mutton curry and she quickly suggested I cook something else…
She wanted mash and gravy from KFC… And I could make steak with it.. Pepper steak!

So I thought here’s something different!
Perhaps an ‘Indianised’ version of steak , gravy and mash… Or rather smash as I was pressed for time.

Steak, Gravy & Smash by Rubina Hassan
Ingredients:
Rump Steak 500g
Lemon Pepper 3 Tablespoons
Barbecue Spice 3 Tablespoons
Steak & Chops Spice 2 Tablespoons
Garlic 1 Heaped Teaspoon
Lemon Juice, enough to make an almost liquid paste.
Spur Durky Sauce 1 Tablespoon
Black pepper 1 Tablespoon
White Pepper 1/2 Teaspoon

Marinate steak in above spices.

In the meantime, while steak marinates, slice up a white onion.
Pour some oil into your pot and let the onion cook slowly until translucent.
Layer steak on top of the onion, pour remaining marinade over the steak.
Put some water in the mixing bowl where the steak was marinating in and pour remaining spices and water in the pot.

Allow to cook until steak is done, than remove steak from the pot and store in a microwave safe Pyrex dish with a lid or similar container.

You’ll be left with the onion sauce. Pour this into a container in which you can purée with a hand blender or in a liquidiser. Purée until smooth. You may need a little extra moisture, add some boiling water as needed.
Return to the pot on medium heat.

Take 2 tablespoons maizena/ corn flour and mix with a 1/4 cup of warm water. Add this to the simmering purée.

Boil and reduce to your liking. Remember, it will thicken on standing.

Now get your smash ready as per packet’s instruction.

*smash is hydrated potato powder which, when water is added, turns into mashed potatoes. It is available at all major retail stores such as Pick ‘n Pay, Checkers and Shoprite.

You are now ready to serve!

You could add a green salad and some lovely toasted ciabatta alongside, or any crusty bread to soak up the sauce!

Enjoy!

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Food Challenge: Steak Wraps With A Middle Eastern Twist

Its still holiday season, and I finally have time to go in the kitchen and cook!

Also, my mom and sister are away on holiday, my little sister’s at her friend’s house and my dad went fishing, which has left me home alone to do as I please, :-).

I love experimenting with dishes, especially ones I haven’t made before.

Recently I’ve been looking at a lot of Middle Eastern recipes (and doing a fair bit of drooling while viewing the photos), which look absolutely delicious!

So this is what I did:

Please note: the quantities I made was for 2 servings.

I began with marinading a piece of rump steak, cut into strips, with:

1tsp crushed chillies (optional, I love hot and spicy food)
1tsp crushed garlic
1tsp coriander
1tsp cumin
2tbsp olive oil
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste

All mixed in a bowl and I let the steak marinade for about an hour.

I then chopped an onion and fried until semi caramelised. (You could caramelise it but I was starving and had no patience.)

I bought ready made Tortilla Wraps ( yes I know.. Its cheating but seriously, who has time to make them from scratch these days?)

I also bought a small jar of Hummus.. (Ok this I admit I have the ingredients but had never tried making it before…shall try soon, God willing.)

The steak, once marinated, was fried in the same pan as the onions for added flavour.

To assemble:

Take a tortilla,spread with hummus, add some onion, then place steak strips and a little chopped coriander (optional).
Now roll, slice and serve.

Yum! 😛

I’m guessing it could be made with some ciabatta or small french bread loaves as sandwiches. Maybe add some lettuce and tomato or cucumber slices to it. Or even grilled cherry tomatoes..
I suppose one would only be limited by the ingredients on hand, but give it your own twist if you’d like and let us all know by commenting.

Happy cooking 🙂

(Apologies for the huge photo.. It just didn’t want to be resized..)

Food Challenge: Tiramisu

I LOVE Tiramisu!

The rich creaminess and the of it is just divine!

But… Yes, there’s a but… I tried to make it before and sadly, it turned out to be a dismal failure.

That was a small knock to my confidence as I usually have absolutely no problem in making anything… Especially the first time around.

However, the last time I made it, I had pretty much no understanding of the recipe as it was rather confusing I guess… But its about 2 years and I finally decided to give it another go.

Also I was really in the mood for it and hadn’t had it in a looooonnngggg time.

Soo… Here’s the recipe I used.
(Considering I’d been watching the Food Network Channel… I kinda winged it with my own version.)

Tiramisu by Rubina Hassan (suitable for lacto – ovo vegetarians)

Ingredients:

1 tub Mascarpone Cheese (I used WoolWorths brand)
1 tub Cream Cheese (I used Philadelphia brand)
500 ml Whipping Cream (WoolWorths Ayershire brand) (did I spell that right??!)
3/4 – 1 cup icing sugar
3 tblsp Coffee (any strong coffee you have)
1/2 – 1 cup hot water
2 packs of Boudoir Biscuits (lady finger biscuits)
1 tspn Vanilla Essence
Cocoa powder, for dusting.
Strawberries, optional.

Method:

Whip the cream until it resembles fresh cream. Than add the 1 cup icing and whip until just incorporated.
In a separate bowl mix the softened cream cheese and mascarpone together and then add to the whipped cream and sugar with the vanilla essence. Mix until well incorporated. Set aside.

In another bowl, mix the coffee powder/granules with hot water. If using straight from a coffee machine, don’t dilute.

Using a serving dish of your choice, begin by briskly dipping the boudoir biscuits into the coffee, and layering it on dish, covering the bottom. Once done, put a layer of the cheese/cream on top, and then do another layer of biscuit, ending of with the cheese/cream mixture.

Dust with cocoa, and decorate with sliced strawberries if desired.

I realize that this is a rich dessert, but its quite lovely.

A great idea for a dinner or even a party would be to make small individual servings. Takes a little more time, but your guests will appreciate the final product.

The photo was taken with my phone, and it was a last minute decision to snap it. Apologies for the ‘not so attractive’ presentation but if I didn’t snap it right there and then, there would have been no photos at all, 😉

If you try it and like it, feel free to post your comments. Would love to hear from everyone.