I haven’t posted in a while due to starting my second term at university. My timetable has changed therefore I am getting used to a new routine.
Anyway, have you ever made a spontaneous dinner that didn’t go terribly wrong? Well, for me, this was one of those meals. Up until a few days ago, I was in desperate need of doing a food shop. I had barely anything to eat! Fortunately though, on my way home from University I popped into the Tesco Extra to buy some little essentials such as bread and milk and came across an overflowing reduced section. I had a little rummage and found a packet of 2 grill steaks reduced to £1.20 from £4 which I thought was such a bargain therefore I bought two packets! One I used for our meal that evening, and the other I put in the freezer for another time.
It is very rare that I eat Lamb and it is even rarer that I have it at home. Usually I have Lamb if someone is cooking for me or if I have it at a restaurant! However, it is slowly becoming one of my favourite meats!
In our very bare cupboards we did have a single potato and a few spinach leaves. With the potato, I made some homemade rosemary chips. Firstly, I washed and sliced the potato. Then I placed the chip-slices on a sheet of foil and drizzled it with a little olive oil and seasoned it with salt, pepper and dried rosemary. These took about 30 minutes to cook.
Whilst the homemade oven chips baked I prepared the spinach onto the plates and prepared the Portobello mushroom. I bought these mushrooms to accompany the Lamb Steaks. To make the mushrooms a little more exciting, I grated the miniscule piece of cheese left in the fridge, added a few Italian herbs and seasoned with salt and pepper. I put these into the oven about 10 minutes before the chips would be done. At the same time, I put the steaks to grill under a medium heat.
The steaks took a lot less time to cook than I imagined! The packet estimated around an average of 15 minutes and the grill I have isn’t particularly good so I presumed that it would take a lot longer. I was hoping to have the steaks a little more pink but I neglected the food for too long therefore the steaks were a little over cooked! Furthermore, the mushroom didn’t bake and soften as quickly as I thought therefore it was a little underdone!
Anyway, the steaks were lovely and surprisingly they were still soft and succulent even though they were overdone! The chips had a crispy skin and a soft centre and the mushroom was lovely too. Although, for future reference I would bake the mushroom for more than 10 minutes!
Overall, this meal was fairly quick with little cooking, inexpensive, light and reasonably healthy! Yet again, I would definitely recommend having a look in the reduced section if you have time… It is like a treasure trove; you don’t know what treat you will find!
If you have any suggestions on what you would like to see on my next post. Please comment or email me!