Saturday Night Steak..

My lovely Hubby has been working like mad this week, and today he is working on our house – to show him how much I appreciate him, I am cooking him a ‘Man Meal’. The whole works 😇

I bought myself a little present, I havn’t had one since the ’80’s – a deep fat fryer, just a little one from Lakeland it was half price 😇 I have been hankering after squid, weird I know, but I do love Calamari….



Starter – Calamari and Sweet chilli Mayo
Main – Steak, Triple cooked chips, HM Onion rings, salad and Peppercorn sauce 🤗
Dessert – Lemon pots

I start with the dessert, very simple, add a pot of double cream, a tin of condensed milk, mixed together then add the grated zest and juice of a lemon, whisk together and watch as it thickens (it’s like magic) – then pour into dessert glasses and put in the fridge

The Calamari is simple, slice the body of the cleaned squid into rings, we love the tentacles too, I then toss the squid in mixed flour and smoked paprika and fry for a few seconds at 150 heat – the Sweet Chilli Mayo, is just Homemade Sweet Chilli Sauce mixed into Homemade Mayo


Cut the potatoes into chips and steam for 10 mins, till part cooked, and put into the freezer for an hour, then part fry for 5 mins setting the oil heat at 170, drain and freeze again for an hour – turn the oil upto 190 and fry for 10 mins – triple cooked chips 🤓

The onion rings are just onions cut into thick rings and dipped into a batter made from 100g half and half plain flour and corn flour, a teaspoon of baking powder salt and enough iced water to make a batter the thickness of double cream – slowly dip into the hot fat using a set of tongs, a few at a time till brown and puffy, set aside to drain.


The main event a really amazing quality Sirloin steak, this was from the order from The Market Porter here’s a link.  I don’t get anything from this, I just like to give praise where it’s due.


Cook the steak for a few minutes on each side on a hot griddle, rub the steak with oil and sprinkle with pepper before griddling, we both like rare steak. The peppercorn sauce I cheated and bought it ready made 🤗

This is an extravagant treat, but much cheaper than the equivalent meal out – I might have a little lie down now 😝

Author: emptynestfulltum

Hi - I'm a 49 yo Mum to 3 kids - Jordan (23), Grace (21) and Max (19). And Wife to my lovely Husband, Dave and step mum to 4 fur babies, our cats Eric, Ernie, Cilla and Bobbie. We live on the beautiful Isle of Wight, Hubby and I were born here, and just love our home. As I hurtle towards 50, my life as a full time (working) parent is coming to an end, with my eldest 2 kids living their own lives, and my youngest who started University in September. I realised that this is not a time to be sad, but a time to take time to spend time on some of the things I enjoy doing - mainly cooking, crafting and creating Pinterest boards for said thing s :) This blog is just a way for me to record the next stages of our lives - I hope you enjoy my ramblings...

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