Monday, July 23, 2007

Red Wine Beef Pie

This is a shameful attempt in relieving my brain of some work. What else could I do but blog about food? =) I'm cranky, sleepy and achy. Honestly, flu is horrible!

A couple of weeks ago, I made a beef in red wine pie for dinner. Pure comfort food for a cold winter night. Again, I obtained my inspiration from Donna Hay Classics 1 but did not follow her recipe at all. *shrugs* It's weird I know but I find it hard to follow recipes every step of the way without any alternations. For now, cooking is where my mind takes it to be...

Red Wine Beef Pie

300grams cubes of lean beef
1 cup of red wine
1/2 cup of stock
1 chopped red onion
1 tablespoon of garlic
handful of fresh button mushrooms
cracked pepper
1 bacon (preferably.. but the subconscious health freak in me obmitted it despite buying the bacon already!)
1 ready-made puff pastry- defrosted

1) Saute bacon with onion and garlic. Stir fry beef cubes quickly till brown. Add mushrooms. Add wine and stock. Simmer for 1 hr. Season with pepper and salt.
2) Preheat oven 200 degrees C.
3) Pour mixture to oven proof bowl. Top it with puff pastry. Score it with a knife.
4) Bake for 20 minutes till top is golden brown.
5) Serve with salad.

Cooling Pear Salad
2 cups of baby mesclun leaves
A pear-slice thinly
crumbed chedder cheese (vintage)

1 tablespoon of plum sauce
2 tablespoons of mirin
1 tablespoon of sesame seed.

1) Assmble salad.
2) Combine dressing in a jug
3) Pour dressing over just before serving. Sprinkle Dukkah on top.

I do not know why I came up with the idea for this dressing but surprisingly, the combi worked out very well! I love salads. The crunch of fresh salad leaves is lovely.


armand said...

it was delicious! :)
A great combination for lunch or dinner.

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evan said...

ok thats it, im making the red wine beef pie soon! i can imagine how good it taste, given that im a bigggg beef lover :p i only managed to give DH's modern classics 1 a quick glance at the library, so thx for sharing the recipe daph!

daphne said...

no worries Evan! Thanks so much for dropping by. I'm still in love with Classics 2 more than 1... but what capture my attention in 1 is all those delicious pies!! Tell me how yours went k?

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