Hi friends, are you drooling? You probably should be. I’m going to share with you a recipe from my Aunt and cousins on how to get a perfect fillet of beef every time, without hassle, without strife.
Simply take your fillet and marinate it in a mixture of balsamic vinegar and horseradish for a couple of hours. Preheat your oven to 200°C, then heat up a large, heavy fry pan til it’s really rather hot and sear your beef quickly on all sides then place in the oven for half an hour. Remove from the oven, place on a serving plate and rest for at least 20 minutes. Slice thinly and serve with potatoes, a green salad and plenty more horseradish.
This dish, I must say, is an ex-vegetarians dream. The beef absolutely melts in your mouth and the marinade lends a subtle sweetness.Very rich and very let’s-have-seconds. Would be fantastic the day after in a crusty sourdough roll with strong mustard and rocket.
That night we also roasted some tomatoes, which turned into little, succulent sauce-bombs.
And since we were celebrating Mum’s birthday, I made up the salad below according to her request.
Fennel and Radish Salad
Thinly slice 3 washed radishes and one trimmed fennel bulb. Place in a bowl with a mix of rocket and other lettuce that takes your fancy. To make the dressing combine 2 Tbsp of oil, 1 Tbsp of balsamic vingear, 1 peeled clove of garlic, 1 tsp of wholegrain mustard and salt and pepper to taste in a bowl. Whisk together with a fork and pour over the salad. Any leftovers can be stored in the fridge for a couple of days.
This salad tastes as pretty as it looks. The warm acidity of the balsamic combined with shards of crunchy fennel and peppery radish is an absolute delight. I was not a fan of raw fennel, but this salad has converted me. That aniseed flavour (a flavour I completely and utterly despise) is not too overpowering and is counteracted to some extent by the dressing.
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