Meat in bread II: Beef and Butternut Squash.

Jon is loving the “meat in bread” things I’m making. It is literally just a bread roll with meat and other fillings inside it. Here’s how to make one!

Recipe: how to make stuffed bread.

Ingredients:

  • 500g flour and raising agents
  • 300g steak
  • 200g butternut squash
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 egg
  • 5tsp sugar
  • 2tsp salt
  • 2tsp pepper
  • water as needed

Utensils:

  • mixing bowl and fork or whisk
  • greased, floured or nonstick baking tray

Recipe:

  1. Mix the flour, sugar, 1tsp salt, 1tsp pepper and egg together.
  2. Add water while mixing until a firm, smooth dough is formed.
  3. Leave to prove.
  4. Peel and prep the squash and onion.
  5. Chop the beef, squash and onion. Mix with the remaining salt and pepper.
  6. Divide the flour into quarters. Roll into small balls and gently pull to stretch out, like pizza dough.
  7. Place a quarter of the meat and veg into each disc. Fold the disk around it. Be sure to leave no holes.
  8. Bake at 160C for 1h 30min.
  9. Leave to cool thoroughly before serving.

It really is that simple! They make great festival food, great picnic food, great travel food and can be made smaller to create less messy sandwiches for small hands.

 

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Wine Sauce For Braising Steak (or anything, really] in.

Just a simple recipe for a red wine sauce. We used it on steak, but you can probably use it on anything.

Ingredients:

  • 2 glasses red wine
  • 1/2 glass vegetable stock
  • 2tbsp black pepper
  • 2tbsp sage chopped
  • 1tbsp chives chopped
  • 1tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 cups of mixed vegetables, shredded (peppers, onion, beansprouts are a must, go wild with the others]

Utensils:

  • 1 small pot and wooden spoon

Recipe:

  1. Put the wine on to simmer. Slowly incorporate the stock, herbs and seasonings.
  2. Simmer until much reduced.
  3. Fry up the vegetables. Seal the meat in the same grease used on the vegetables.
  4. Add the wine sauce.
  5. Add whatever meat you plan on braising.
  6. Slow cook.
For help starting out homemaking, check out The ESSENTIAL Beginner Homemaker’s Guide. For help budgeting all your everday and not-so-everyday essentials, from food to transport to clothes, check out On A Budget: The good homemaker’s guide to economizing.

WWW. Cheap to Glorious Burgers and Frozen Cakes.

Seeing as Jon’s work is now very different, the Wok will be a little different. Rather than making the nicest, most elaborate or most interesting meal on Wednesday, I will make them as and when he needs them and choose the best food of the week for the Wonderful Wednesday Wok instead.

This week, the main’s some burgers that I made turning cheap, value brand, reduced price beef mince into something with the bite and texture of steak mince and the flavour of a BBQ patty. And the pudding’s an ice-cream cake in a cup I made for Valentine’s day. There were five flavours: pear, blackberry, pear and currant, strawberry and peach. I had the pear and currant one as a carby treat on Valentine’s, but the rest were Jon’s for the week.

The rest of the Valentine's meal.

The rest of the Valentine’s meal.

Cheap to Glorious Burgers.

Ingredients:

-500g cheap mince; ground beef is not suitable, but cheap, unfrozen pork mince or turkey mince would work too

-1 egg

-2tsp herbs

-2tsp onion granules

-2tsp paprika

-2tsp salt

-1tsp pepper

-1tsp soy sauce

-butter or tallow for frying

Utensils:

-mixing bowl and fork

-frying pan

Recipe:

1: With high quality beef you’re told not to overwork the mince or the burger will lose its consistency. With cheap mince you want to do the opposite. Mash it together before adding the spices and the egg. Mash thoroughly until everything is mixed in.

2: Form patties by making a ball, flattening it in the palms of your hands and pinching the middle so it’s got a little “bowl” at either side. This ensures good browning and even cooking.

3: Heat the fat in the pan at medium temperature until all melted. Add the burgers.

4: Cook for 5 minutes either side.

5: Serve with sides of choice. I went for salad, Jon went for beans and cheese.

The burger’s texture is firm and meaty, the taste is subtle, salty and very beefy, the grease levels are minimal and the crust on the outside tastes of soy sauce BBQ.

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Fruity Ice-Cream Cake in a Cup.

Ingredients:

-1 conference pear

-1 peach

-15 blackberries

-8 strawberries

-40g mixed currants

-150ml double cream

-50g 85% chocolate

-80g 55% chocolate

Utensils:

-microwaveable bowl and a fork (not to be put in microwave, obviously)

-chopping board and knife

-mixing bowl and blender / food processor

-jelly molds or other freezable cups/pots

Recipe:

1: Crush the 85% chocolate and share between the bases of the containers.

2: Cut up whatever mix of fruit you like and share between the bases of the containers, leaving room for the chocolate ice cream to drip through.

3: Microwave the cream and 55% chocolate together on medium until they form a smooth chocolate paste.

4: Share the paste between the containers, making sure to get it down into the chocolate later and to cover the fruit. Freeze.

5: Blend the remaining fruit into a smoothie-like paste.

6: Once the chocolate ice cream is frozen, add the fruit paste on top and refreeze.

7: To serve, gently warm the container’s sides only, turn it upside down and squeeze or tap until the cake is released. Leave a little to soften for easy eating.

Pear and currant version.

Pear and currant version.

So those were, in my opinion, the best meals we had this week. What was the best meal you had this week? Recipes, anyone? 🙂

TTFN and Happy Hunting!