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[*] posted on 6-5-2015 at 15:35


Quote: Originally posted by The_Davster  
Buy steak.
Sear both sides a few seconds.
Oven for 10-15 min depending on thickness. this one was overdone.
add pepper.
repeat daily.
does this count as cooking?:D



coke can for scale. No idea why I have a coke can. I don't drink coke.
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[Edited on 6-5-15 by The_Davster]


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[*] posted on 8-5-2015 at 12:18


1/2 a bottle of a full-bodied Red wine, chicken stock, 6 cloves of peeled garlic in a pan, plus a few sprigs of fresh thyme and 8 black pepper corns (don't add salt if the stock is already salty).

Boil for about 20 to 30 mins until the garlic is becoming soft.

Stick in your Fillet Steaks (these should Not be 12" long and 4" thick, more Human sized).
Add more hot stock if the liquid does not cover them.

Leave on a very low heat for about 6 mins if you like raw meat, 8 mins if you like it pink, 10 mins if you like cooked food.

Remove steaks, set aside on a plate under tinfoil to keep warm.

To make the Gravy, take 200ml of the cooking liquor and put in a small saucepan on high heat. Try to get some garlic and thyme, but not the peppercorns.

Reduce the liquid volume by about half, then tip in the juices that the meat released.
(about 2 mins).

Take the gravy off the heat, plate up the steaks with some Crushed Celeriac, Mashed potato, Mashed carrots or whatever carbs you like.

Throw a knob of butter into the sauce, and shake the pan until it dissolves (do not re-heat or the butter will split and look awful).
Squash up the garlic with a fork (it will be really soft now).

Pour the gravy over the steak, garnish with a sprig or two of fresh thyme.

Eat and enjoy immensely.




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[*] posted on 8-5-2015 at 12:34


Quote: Originally posted by aga  
[...]plus a few sprigs of fresh thyme and 8 black pepper corns (don't add salt if the stock is already salty).



Fresh thyme, eh? Very posh but what to expect from the owner of an Aga? :D

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[*] posted on 8-5-2015 at 13:00


I also own Soil.

Edit:

Ownership of Soil isn't a pre-requisite for fresh foodstuffs.

You can simply make use of Soil in small quantities without owning it outright.

Further Edit:

I have never owned an Aga.

They look OK ish in the right setting, yet are a right Pain in the A** to cook on, unless you like everything boiled for hours.

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[*] posted on 8-5-2015 at 13:11


Quote: Originally posted by aga  
I also own Soil.



So you're Landed Gentry? :D

I've got a bag of compost, does that count?

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[*] posted on 8-5-2015 at 16:28


Quote: Originally posted by aga  
Baking !

Now there is a Science and an Art all rolled into one.

My mother makes perfect Yorkies every time, and measures nothing at all, so was not able to write down a recipe.

To arrive at a working Yorkshire Pudding process i once spent a day with three dozen eggs and a couple of kg of flour, varying the recipe/heating profile each time.

This derived process achieves a very similar product, and they rise every time :-

2 eggs, 110g of plain flour, a pinch of salt. Beat together then add cold milk - just enough to achieve a single-cream consistency. Oven on full whack (250C). Bun tray in there with just enough veg oil to cover the bottom of each bun compartment. When the oil is smoking, quickly pour in the batter mixture, return to oven. Leave for 5 minutes at 250 C, then reduce to 230 C until the Yorkies have risen and are as brown as you like them.

A recipe for making baguettes would be highly appreciated Helafunt.

My attempts have never achieved that crunchy exterior with a light & fluffy interior - the surface of the bread always ends up smooth and hard, more like pastry than bread crust.


i just noticed this today. unfortunately, the most basic breads, like baguettes, are the trickiest to bake at home. i will chose a method that i think you will succeed with, and i will post it. luckily, you are already ahead of most beginners, as i assume you are comfortable with the metric system, and are used to waiting for results. ill post something soon.
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[*] posted on 9-5-2015 at 22:20


I can cook omlette XD But I dont know why,Im adding the egg to the pan slowly.Reflexes.
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[*] posted on 9-5-2015 at 23:24


Quote: Originally posted by Hellafunt  
i just noticed this today. unfortunately, the most basic breads, like baguettes, are the trickiest to bake at home. i will chose a method that i think you will succeed with, and i will post it. luckily, you are already ahead of most beginners, as i assume you are comfortable with the metric system, and are used to waiting for results. ill post something soon.

Looking forward to a recipe Hellafunt




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