John’s Spicy Asian noodle salad with beef and green peppers in a mushroom gravy.
Ingredients & Directions:-
Soak the dried noodles in boiling salted water for five minutes and drain and leave to one side in a bowl.
Noodle salad dressing.
Five cloves of garlic
1 red chilli
1/2 red onion
Handful of coriander
Juice of half a lemon
1 star anise crushed to powder
Put all the ingredients in a pulse blender or pestle and mortar and crush everything to almost a paste consistency.
Toss the salad dressing mixture into the noodles ensuring mixed well and the noodles are coated with the Asian salad dressing and set to one side while you prepare the beef.
Beef with green peppers in mushroom gravy.
100g thinly sliced beef
Chinese mushroom soy sauce
1 green pepper
Handful of mushrooms
1 red chilli
Oil for frying
Strips of red chilli for garnish
Sprig of coriander for garnish
Thinly slice the beef and sprinkle with a little salt and coat in mushroom soy sauce and place covered in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Prepare the vegetables, slice the mushrooms, thinly slice the green peppers into strips and small rings of red chilli.
Heat the oil in the pan and stir fry on a very high heat quickly the peppers, mushrooms and chilli until starting to soften, then add the beef with the marinade and flash fry for just three minutes until the beef is cooked medium. Place the lid on the pan just for the last minute so the gravy starts to thicken slightly and reduce then its ready to serve.
Place a nice heap of the noodles in the centre of the plate and top this firstly with the vegetables and the beef sits on top. Spoon a couple of spoonfuls of the sauce over the beef so it covers the beef and soaks through to the noodles.
Garnish with thin strips of red chilli and a sprig of coriander to serve.
There you have my own Spicy Asian noodle salad with warm beef and green peppers in a mushroom gravy, enjoy!
Griddled beefburgers with tomato and onion.
The beauty of homemade beefburgers is you know what’s going in them. If it’s a good quality beef mince then maybe you want to go for just a seasoning of salt and pepper to really get the flavour of the meat but if the beef mince is not such good quality and you would like to mask the flavour a little then gather those herbs together and let your imagination run wild to achieve some amazing different results from your beefburgers. Today I’m just using a medium quality beef mince so I want to include a few different herbs and spices to bring out more of a herby flavour from the burger.
Ingredients for homemade beefburgers.
500g beef mince
1/2 finely chopped onion
2 inch piece of celery finely chopped
1 inch piece of red chilli finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp rosemary
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 egg beaten
Salt & Pepper
Firstly I finely chopped half a white onion and put this in a bowl. Then I broke of a two inch piece of celery and sliced it a couple of times lengthways and then finely chopped and added to the bowl with the onion. Then I smashed with the flat part of a kitchen knife the two cloves of garlic as this makes them easier to peel and then finely chopped them and also added to the bowl. Then I cracked an egg into a bowl and whisked together ready for adding to the mixture later. Next I added all the herbs and spices to the bowl starting with half a teaspoon of thyme, half a teaspoon of rosemary, 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and the salt and pepper. Finally I added the beef mince to the bowl with the beaten egg for binding the mixture together. The next stage gets a little messy but don’t be afraid to get right in there with both hands and bring the mixture together ensuring all the ingredients and mixed thoroughly.
Mix all ingredients together thoroughly.
I then divided the beef mince mixture into four balls and patted and rounded into shape on the work surface making sure not to use too much force as this would of made the burgers not so tender. I then placed the uncooked burgers on a plate ready to griddle.
Burgers ready to be cooked.
I then heated my griddle until very hot and placed the burgers on for a couple of minutes each side or until brown. Then I placed the burgers into a pre-heated oven 180c for approx 20 minutes to ensure they were cooked right the way through.
I then plated them up dressed with some fresh tomato and onion and fresh ciabatta bread.
Homemade beefburgers with tomato and onion sandwiched between fresh ciabatta bread.