Thursday, 4 August 2011

Beef, mushroom and green bean stroganoff

Had a massive 4 bean harvest from pot of runner beans - so while they weren't going to be the main ingredient they featured in the dinner.  Also, veg box is not due for a couple of days, so there were not so many choices - hence curly kale and peas were added instead of more traditional stroganoff main stays.  Still, it was tasty.  So, chop and saute one onion in olive oil, add 1 clove chopped garlic.  Chuck in about 400g of steak, in bite sized pieces,  brown, then add other veg you are including - in this case mushrooms and green beans.  Stir in tsp grainy mustard, a stock cube and about a tsp of paprika.  Season, sprinkle with about 1 tbsp flour - stir until flour coats other ingredients, then add about a pint of water.  Simmer for about 20 minutes, ensuring that it doesn't go dry.  Meanwhile cook pasta according to packet instructions.  Chuck softer veg into sauce mix - ie. frozen peas and chopped curly kale, simmer until pasta is done.  Take off the heat, drain pasta and add to sauce, stir in 2 tbsp creme fraiche and 4 tbsp natural yogurt  (in this order, if the yogurt goes in when it is roasting hot it will curdle).  Served, sprinkled with a bit more paprika.  No comment at all from victim.

This, hopefully, is the first of some more regular posts - the gap being due to holidays, and not having the camera handy, rather than some kind of month long fast.  Some intersting meals were had whilst camping eg. rabbit macaroni and competition picnic-ing at outdoor firework concert, but sitting down to write a blog post was considered as boringly too much like work :) by other holiday maker(s).

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