Monday, 26 March 2012

Okra ( Ladies fingers) cooked the African way

Saute onions and chilli for 2 min on a medium heat

Add the chopped Okra , a tbsp of freshly ground ginger, garlic and star anise and
half a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda. Add half a pint of water and cook for a further 5 minutes

In a separate pan fry onions and 4 tablespoon full of blended
tomato and a teaspoon full of the ginger mix. Reduce to a double cream consistency
At this stage add your smoked mackerel and stir for a further 2 minutes.
 Coating the mackerel in the sauce.
Then pour the okra mix into the sauce
Add the prawns

Rinse the spinach and add to the soup. At this stage take the soup off the
fire and leave to cool for 3 minutes covered before you serve.


Sunday, 11 March 2012

Pan fried fillet of steak with grilled asparagus


Fillet of beef 400g each
A bunch of asparagus
1mixed bag of salad (watercress, spinach and rocket)
1 chopped red onion
2 tablespoon full of olive oil
1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar
Black pepper


Remove your steak from the fridge and allow to rest to room temperature for about an hour. 
Pour 1 teaspoonful of sunflower oil in a non stick frying pan
In the very hot frying pan, fry the steak turning every 10 seconds to create a sealed crust, continue this process for 2 -3 min. Leave the meat to rest for about 5 minute. 
Discard the fat from the frying pan but do not clean the pan, lower the heat then add the asparagus and red onions. Cook for about 4 minutes

For the dressing mix the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper together.