Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Crispy Spicy Beef

Today was one of those days where I felt I really earned my money....I was super productive and was steaming through my 'To-Do' list like something out of this world. That said as a result when I got home needless to say I was wrecked and all my good intentions of going for a walk and being active went out the window. Despite how busy I was all day I was starving by about 11 O'Clock and starting dreaming about dinner. This happens to me on a regular occasion.   Tonight's post is something really simple and delicious. I picked up some really lean and tender diced beef from my butcher yesterday evening and wanted to make something a little different that I haven't made before. 

120g cornflour
350g lean diced beef
50ml soy sauce
1 tsp chinese five spice
1 large onion
4 mushrooms (diced)
4 cloves of garlic
1/2 tsp chilli flakes
300g straight to wok noodles
3 tbsp rapeseed oil
Salt & Pepper to season
Parsley or basil leaves to garnish

1. Place the cornflour and five spice in a bowl. Coat the diced beef cubes (or alternatively 
    strips) in the mixture and set aside. Heat some rapeseed oil in a wok until sizzling, then add 
    the beef in batches, searing all over until golden and crisp. Once crisp, remove from heat 
    and pat with kitchen paper.
2. Next add the diced onion, mushrooms and garlic to the wok and cook until the onion is 
    softened. Return the beef to the pan, along with the chilli sauce, chilli flakes and soy sauce 
    over a medium heat and cook for 2-3 minutes. Season well with salt and pepper.
3. Finally add the noodles and cook for another 2 minutes,  mixing the noodles well through the 
    other ingredients. Serve in bowls or on a plate, topped with parsley or basil leaves. 

E-D's Notes

This dish was quick and easy to whip up this evening and was a bit of an accidental brainwave that resulted in a really delicious dinner. Molly is still going on about it which is saying something. Sometimes I enjoy the challenge of looking in the fridge and experimenting with what I have without making a trip to the supermarket when I know I really should.....sometimes magical things happen, like tonight!

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