Debi's Recipe Pages
"Give and it shall be given
unto you." If you want some attention and praise for your
culinary skills, devote your own time and attention to preparing
a great meal.
I interpret this as the "slaving
over a hot stove" bit, with four pans on the go, sautéing,
sweating, simmering and being saucy - and that's just me!
Roasts also come into this category.
They are supposedly one of the easiest meals to cook. "Just
chuck it all in the oven and let it get on with it", or
so I was told. Huh! What about basting, putting in things that
take different times, turning over roast potatoes, making stuffing,
gravy, sauces, carving, etc., etc? Lots of attention needed,
but everyone loves you for doing it :-)
Tournedos en Croute
4 fillet steaks (tournedos)
4 oz liver paté
2 tblsp brandy or dry sherry
Salt & freshly ground black pepper
1 x 7oz packet of frozen puff pastry
1 egg, beaten
Butter for frying
Clean the steaks of any fat or membrane. Melt a knob of butter
in a frying pan, add the steaks and sauté for 1 miute
on each side. Remove from the pan, season to taste and set aside.
Put the paté and brandy into a bowl and mash together
with a fork to soften, then spread over the top and sides of
Roll out the pastry sheets and cut into four squares, large
enough to encase the steaks. Wrap around the steaks, sealing
the edges with a little water. Brush the pastry with beaten egg
Place on a baking sheet and bake in a pre-heated oven at 400ºF,
200ºC for 15-20 minutes, or until pastry is golden. Serve
OK, so this isn't really that much work, but it certainly
looks and tastes impressive!
Chicken Breasts in Red
Wine (For Four)
4 skinless boneless chicken breasts, fillets removed
8 rashers unsmoked bacon, chopped
12 medium mushrooms, cleaned & sliced
2 cups full bodied red wine (eg. claret)
2 tsp beure manie (plain flour & butter mixed into a paste)
For the beure manie, put a quantity of softened butter into
a bowl and mix in flour, with a fork, a bit at a time. When you
can't get any more flour to mix in, roll the paste into a sausage
shape, wrap in clingfilm and keep in the fridge.
Heat a little olive oil in a pan and fry the bacon until opaque,
add the mushrooms and cook until tender. Meanwhile, in a large
frying pan, cook the chicken breasts in a little oil until well
sealed all over. Pour in the wine, bacon, mushrooms and their
juices. Turn the heat down to medium and simmer, turning occasionally
for 25 to 30 minutes. When the chicken breasts are cooked through,
remove with a slotted spoon and put on warmed plates. Turn up
the heat and stir in thin slivers of the beure manie (about 2
tsp) to thicken the sauce. Pour sauce over the chicken breasts
Be sensible with the wine - Don't use your best stuff of course,
but equally don't cook with a wine you wouldn't want to drink!
Honey Mustard Pork Tenderloin
1 pork tenderloin (about 1 lb)
1 tblsp grainy mustard
2 tblsp runny honey
1 glass dry white wine or cider
1 tblsp plain flour
Salt and pepper
Put the pork tenderloin into a roasting tin, fat side down.
Spread mustard all over the top and sides, then pour honey all
over it. Cover and roast in a pre-heated oven at 350ºF,
180ºC for 50 minutes. Put the meat on a warmed plate ready
To make the gravy, pour the juices from the roast into a saucepan
with the wine and the flour. Stir together over a medium heat,
season to taste, and allow to bubble away gently, stirring occasionally,
until needed. Proper chefs make the gravy in the roasting pan,
but its rather unwieldy and darned hot!
1 large potato per person, peeled and cut into quarters
Boil the potatoes in salted water for about 15 minutes. Drain
and shake the potatoes around in the pan to fluff up the outsides.
Pour a little oil into a shallow ovenproof dish, add the potatoes
and drizzle more oil over the top, making sure each piece is
coated. Put on the top shelf of the oven at, preferably, 400ºF,
200ºC for an hour, turning a couple of times.
Cookery books say to use dripping or lard and to always heat
the fat first. This way is slightly easier and the potatoes come
out nice and crunchy.
If your roast is on only 350ºF, put the potatoes in 40
minutes before the meat will be finished. Whack up the heat to
425ºF, 220ºC - the potatoes will crisp up in the10-15
minutes while your meat rests and is carved.