Browsing through the meats at my local farm shop, I happened upon a cut called a 'Bullet Steak'. I asked about it and got the Butchers' answer - for real people, it's a traditional cut which Butchers are bringing back into popularity. It's from the flank, a thin-ish steak and works best as black and blue.
But first, our starter ...
I have egg whites surplus to requirement from something I'll be doing as part of our main, so I based a fun entrée around gently fried egg whites covered with pickled herring, pickled beetroot, tomato, leaves, cottage cheese and Yorkshire mayonnaise, a yellow mayo from rapeseed, white wine vinegar, egg yolk and mustard; so, more egg white.
... and the main:
Bullet steak, cooked black and blue, oyster mushrooms, asparagus, peas, samphire, potato and beetroot over mushroom velouté with leaves, crowned with a poached egg yolk.
Putting this together is simply a case of having everything reading up front and assembling onto warm plates while the steak flashes in a pan.
Dice up some mushrooms, oyster in my case, shredded leek, a dash of white pepper and cook through in butter in a skillet.
Add some beef stock, blend well, passing through a sieve back into the skillet to reduce. Stir in some cream, or soured cream as I did, and reduce further.
Set aside just to warm through at the end.
Boil your beetroots and cut up. Set aside.
Soften the oyster mushrooms in butter, in a skillet. We'll be adding the other veggies in at the end to warm through, so pick a skillet of sufficient size.
Boil your potatoes. Drain and set aside.
Par boil the asparagus and peas, immersing the samphire in at the very end. Drain and add to the skillet with your oyster mushrooms. Add the potatoes in.
Set the skillet aside.
Have your leaves ready to scatter over.
I also shredded some radicchio to provide a bitter base over the creamy velouté.
We'll be crowning this dish with a poached egg yolk, so have a yolk per person ready and waiting in a ramekin and pan of boiled water just simmering.
When you're ready to eat, pre-heat a skillet while you just warm through the veggies and sauce, flash fry the steak while you assemble the dish ...
Take a plate and make a slide of velouté down the centre over which shredded radicchio is scattered.
Arrange a few potatoes and beetroots to form the structure of the dish.
Retrieve the steaks, rest very briefly and cut through into a number of pieces showing off the rare centre. Mingle in and amongst the roots.
Immerse the egg yolks into the pan of water - you want 60 seconds. No more ... no less.
Arrange the asparagus, samphire and peas in and amongst the meat and roots.
Retrieve the egg, gently, and rest on some kitchen paper to dry off.
Scatter some leaves over, black pepper and a little interesting salt - I used Icelandic Ash Salt.
Crown with the egg yolk.
Voilà! Presenting ... Bullet Steak Supreme.
Yes, this episode of 'Living in the Ice Age' was inspired by watching Master Chef at dinner time. Who needs a Michelin Star, eh?
I'm doing a lot of really what is very simple cooking at the moment. Take a fish, take some veggies, put them together, eat and enjoy.
I don't really have a lot to write about this, other than to say what a wonderful combination this arrangement of food was: waxy potatoes, salty samphire, bitter radicchio and sumptuous, meaty tuna.
The veggies must have covered all manner of awesome micronutrients, while the fish filled in the protein. Butter in the potatoes for fat along with the olive oil in the Sauce Vierge over the fish.
What a meal!
Left over was a gelatinous gravy with just a few pieces of potato, squash and carrot, and some meat pieces. I retrieved the meat pieces, shredded them up and blended the remaining gravy and veggies which formed the stock for my Corned Beef Hash.
Corned Beef in the UK is hallowed. We love the stuff. I think folks the other side of the pond might know it as Bully Beef, but it's essentially the same thing.
So, into the stock went some chopped plantains, beef stock, tomato purée, paprika, chillies, onion, garlic, radishes and the leftover meat, shredded.
Simmered on until the plantains were softened and the stock reduced, then cubed corned beef and tomatoes cut into eighths, a few more minutes and we're done.
Fold through and serve ...
It's a comfort meal.
To be absolutely frank the plantains didn't quite work out. The brought a dry, almost powdery sensation to the dish. I rather wish I had pre-fried them in a lot of butter and added at the end. No drama, it was a good meal, filling and satiating; nice and quick for a Monday night.