Before I settle down to checking my reader and challenges, I have to share with you a success story in the kitchen.
Over thirty years ago, I used to make up a tomato and mushroom sauce to accompany steak, my friends calling it Steak Diana as opposed to Steak Diane.
I simply cut up a few mushrooms and an onion, and added them to a Square Soup (the one with the tongue twister logo) made up to double strength, so nice and thick.
It always went down well, but I haven’t seen the little boxes around for years, and as we don’t normally have steak, then there’s no need for sauce anyway!
However, today we treated ourselves to a piece of steak for dinner as we had enjoyed the piece I cooked for our anniversary in May (see below).
I thought about sauce to go with our broccoli, carrots, green beans and new potatoes, and as I’d put a little salad on the side, that too.
This is what I did, and it complimented everything.
You will need:
I small onion
I salad tomato (or at least four cherry tomatoes)
2 cloves of garlic
4 closed cup mushrooms
an inch of fresh peeled ginger
1 stock cube (I used chicken as I always do)
½ teaspoon sugar.
Chop onion, tomato and mushrooms and put in a pan with about a quarter to half an inch of water.
Add stock cube, crushed and grated garlic, grated ginger and sugar.
Bring to the boil, turn down heat, and let it reduce to a sauce rather than soup, but remember to stir it so that it doesn’t ‘catch’.
The flavours in the sauce enhanced the flavours on the plate, without overpowering anything. The steak is bottom left with the sauce on top, and a little dribble over the veg.
I had a bit left over, so rather than overload dinner or waste it, I shall have it cold as a dressing with my salad tonight.
The best bit?
Half a syn for the sugar as the rest of the meal was syn free!
I was toying with having a couple of what SW call SP days where you have only speed and protein food. At least half of your plate is speed food, the rest protein (eggs, chicken, meat, fish). This is OK, but it means no potatoes, rice or pasta amongst other ‘free foods’ I enjoy and only ten syns a day, so I would have to really plan ahead for that.