Sunday, 14 October 2007

Last week's rundown: brown sauce chicken and bistecca alla fiorentina and a lazy photographer

I'm sorry, but I did forget to take pictures of these two.

Bistecca alla Fiorentina

We don't eat steak very often and when we do, it's generally very simple steak and chips type meals. I was looking forward to trying something new, especially with the lemon because it something completely different to anything I'd done before.

It was really easy too - take your t-bone steaks, oil them lightly and then sprinkle them with some lemon juice and pepper. Sear them on both sides in a hot pan. Once seared, rub a cut clove of garlic along the bone and then cook the steaks to your liking.

Serve it with a lemon parsley butter - some softened butter mixed with the juice of half a lemon and some chopped flatleaf parsley.

The steaks came out cooked perfectly, but it was more a fluke than any testament to my skills and were just lovely. The lemon gave the steak a nice light flavour. It was really good.

Chinese Brown Sauce Chicken

This meal actually got bumped off the meal plan, because when I told DD that I'd had Nando's for lunch on the day I was supposed to make it, he got a Nando's craving and we ended up having Nando's instead. (I know, twice in one day - I couldn't finish dinner). I still had everything ready to make this, so I made it for Saturday lunch.

It was quite easy. Just brown the chicken and remove from pan, add the sauce ingredients and mix, then put the chicken back in and simmer until cooked. At the end, add some cornflour to thicken the sauce and serve over rice.

The chicken was nicely flavoured and sauce was great. So great that while I waiting for it to cook I was dipping bread into the simmering pan just to get the taste. I was lazy this time and used whole breasts which I cut up on serving, next time I will cut the fillets a little smaller and thinner so they are an even size. I also would have liked the sauce to be a bit thicker, so I might wait a bit longer before adding the chicken back in to simmer to let the liquid reduce a bit.

The boys really liked this one too.

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