Grilled Marinated Steak with Salsa Verde

I think I’ve mentioned previously that I don’t cook a lot of red meat at home – and after this week’s attempt, I think I need a bit more practice.  I grilled a marinated steak accompanied by a salsa verde – the recipe can be found at The Italian Dish. I’m a bit on the fence about the marinade, maybe because I prefer steak seasoned with salt and pepper and not much else, so the other flavours overpowered the steak itself.  The salsa verde was a different story – potent but addicting. I’ve eaten it with all sorts of things over the last few days and still have parsley and anchovies in the frig, so I may be making more very soon.

Marinated Steak with Salsa Verde

I marinated the steak for about 24 hours, but next time would probably skip the marinade and go right to the sauce.

Continue reading Grilled Marinated Steak with Salsa Verde

Seared Scallops with Spinach and Risotto

A little while ago, when I made the baked fish with courgettes, I bought the fish from our local fishmonger, something I’ve been meaning to do for some time now.  Of course, I went in to this little shop with a £20 note and credit cards to buy a small piece of fish and the gentleman working there very kindly told me to pay him next time.  Then I got busy, was travelling and so forth, and forgot to go back.  So it was probably a month or so after the fact by the time I got back there and repaid them.  I didn’t buy anything more that day, but saw that they had scallops and so back I went to pick some up for this recipe (with the correct change this time). It’s a nice little shop, with all of the fish fresh caught in Cornwall – so it’s best to go in with an open mind. Fortunately they had the scallops this time so that saved a trip to the supermarket.

The recipe can be found at skinny taste.com.  It’s the first time I’ve cooked scallops and I didn’t get as nice a sear on them as I would have liked, but it still tasted nice!

Seared Scallops with Spinach and Risotto

Continue reading Seared Scallops with Spinach and Risotto

Creamy Mustard Chicken with Spring Greens

My veg box seems to have shifted from winter cabbage and purple sprouting broccoli to spring greens, so this recipe from Abel & Cole sounded like a perfect way to add them to a meal.  Another dish with mustard – this time grainy mustard – though it’s softened with the honey and crème fraîche.

Creamy Mustard Chicken with Spring Greens

I reworked the recipe a little – the timing seemed a little short for the chicken and I didn’t want to overcook the greens, so after before adding the greens, I put it in the oven at 200ºC for 10 minutes, then back on the hob, adding the greens and continued from there.  For the thyme, it doesn’t appear to have an amount listed so I used 1 tsp dried thyme.

Continue reading Creamy Mustard Chicken with Spring Greens

Pasta with Goat Cheese and Roasted Asparagus

With English asparagus now becoming available,  this recipe for pasta with goat cheese and roasted asparagus sounded like a winner. Asparagus is one of my favourite vegetables and I’m always looking for new ways to enjoy it.  With pasta and goat cheese, it’s a quick and easy meal that tastes great.

Pasta with Goat Cheese and Roasted Asparagus

For the asparagus, I roasted for about 10 minutes and that was plenty of time in the oven. Next time, I might add roast some cherry tomatoes and add them as well and go with a stronger goat cheese – the one I used was fairly mild. Minor adjustments to recipe that works well as is.

Continue reading Pasta with Goat Cheese and Roasted Asparagus