Tuesday, 29 May 2007

Vegetarians, look away!

Yes I know I really should eat less meat. There are ethical reasons, health reasons and even economic reasons but I simply cannot do it. Not that I haven't tried. There was a period between the age of 15-16 where I wouldn't touch the stuff but these days there's nothing that makes me happier than a nice piece of red meat. I really am a very simple girl.

However, sometimes even I can admit the humble steak needs a little refinement. Something a little lighter. Perhaps a horseradish kick, some peppery rocket and some cool cucumber for balance. Everything in moderation, right?

Rare Beef Salad with Wasabi Cream

serves 4 as a light lunch or entrée

1 aged rib eye steak (about 600g/20oz)
1 tsp wasabi
2 tbsp cream or greek yoghurt
2 cups rocket/argula
1 cucumber sliced on the diagonal

Brush the rib eye with olive oil and season well with salt and pepper. On a searing hot bbq or grill cook for 6-8 minutes on each side. Allow to rest loosely covered for 15 minutes so the juices are evenly distribute and you are left with a beautiful pink specimen. When properly rested carve into slices of medium thickness so it can stand up to the horseradish and rocket and set aside.

In a small bowl whisk together the wasabi, a generous pinch of salt and cream or yoghurt.

Place a thin layer of the wasabi cream on a serving plate. Layer over sliced cucumber, beef and rocket. Continue layering twice more and finish with a garnish of rocket.


Lucy said...

Now with a title like that, of course I'm intrigued!

Wasabi cream - yum.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

That looks beautiful! Nice presentation!

Cindy said...


Just kidding. :-P

Christine said...

Very unique and looks scrumptious! I'll never turn away a nice piece of red meat.

Little Foodie said...

That sounds and looks amazing! Your pre-market breakfast at The George sounded pretty good too. Amanda

Freya and Paul said...

Almost enough to turn a vegetarian into a meat eater again I should think! Delicous!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Truffle, I have a meat-eating husband at home, I know how you feel. :)

He adores rocket and I'm sure this dish would make him happy! :)

Truffle said...

Lucy- Thanks :) I'm sure I originally heard the phrase on some British cooking show. Two fat ladies perhaps? I was most amused. Wasabi and beef go surprisingly well together. It cuts through the richness much like it does with salmon.

Jendz- Thanks so much and thanks for your work on the blogroll.

Cindy- I promise more vego-friendly posts in the near future :)

Christine- Thanks very much! You're a girl after my own heart.

Amanda- Thanks for the kind words and for reading :)

Freya and Paul- Thank you so much!!!

Patrica- I often think the way to a man's heart is through a good piece of steak ;)

katiez said...

Is that all for me?
I'm not sure...yeah, I could eat it all! That rare beef looks perfect - the rest just enhances...

Wendy said...

Beautiful pictures of a delicious sounding meal. I get real cravings for red meat some days (low iron count, perhaps?). Will try this out next time the pangs strike!

Mel. said...

Gotta say, although I'm fully for the ethical, moral and environmental reasons for vegetarianism, sometimes all I crave is a nice piece of meat. Your rare beef looks like exactly what I'd like at a time like that.

mutemonkey said...

Truffle, I am salivating. That rare beef looks sensational! So it tasted as good as it looks?! :)

Anh said...

I would eat less meat, but when I crave for some, it must be good. I don't have anything against vegetarianism, but for the love of food, I need red meat sometimes. :D

Your dish is something I can't turn away from. perfect!

rach257 said...

you've got a great eye for presentation! that looks amazing! (and delicious!!)

Sylvia said...

Very nice,I love rocket ,and look delicius.

Truffle said...

Thank you so much katiez. I'm glad you like the look of it :)

Wendy- Thanks! I think it's perfect for those cravings because it's such a light summery dish I almost don't feel guilty eating it.

Thanks Mel! I'm trying to get a handle on those cravings but sometimes a girl just has to give in!

Mutemonkey- thanks very much! I'm glad to say it definitely isn't a case of looks over substance. I think the flavours work well together and provide a good balance.

Anh- I'm exactly the same. Thanks so much!

Rach- Thanks so much for the kind words :)

Sylvia- Me too! Thanks very much!

Nora B. said...

Oh, that looks fabulous & I like the combination with wasabi cream.

Sam said...

I am extremely happy to not be a vegetarian

Patricia Scarpin said...

Hi, Truffle,

I'd like to send you an email - would you please be so kind to write to me??? patricia DOT scarpin AT uol.com.br

Tks, sweetie!

Truffle said...

Thanks Nora. I think it's a nice variation on the usual beef and horseradish cream combination.

Sam- Me too! Thanks for reading!

Patricia- I've sent you an email :)

Susan said...

I no longer eat red meat, but do appreciate the powerful pull it has.

The wasabi cream sounds wonderful. I'll bet it would be grand with a slab of fried fish, too.

Truffle said...

Susan- I think you're absolutely right. It would probably work beautifully with a lot of seafood dishes too. I'm thinking grilled prawns or fried calamari or even on a baguette with smoked salmon.