Cheap(ish)Thrills – Steak Night…

Can you see a pattern forming?  Yep, Saturday Night is the night we treat ourselves, Hubby’s favourite meal is steak and baked potato,s, so that’s what he is having, he has also requested peppercorn sauce 😋

He has been a busy boy all week, and is spending his weekend doing some jobs around the house, so I will spoil him tonight – a 3 course meal trying to keep the costs low prices are approximate and for 2.  Baked Camembert, Sirloin Steak and Chocolate Fondants – Approx £11.00 for 2. Let’s face it for £5.50 a head it’s a bit better than a burger box or chicken bucket 🤓

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Baked Camembert with Homemade bread – approx £1.16
Aldi Camembert 99p
Rosemary – free from garden
1 x clove Aldi garlic – 1p
bread ingredients
Half pack Aldi yeast 3p
250g Aldi bread flour 12.5p

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Take the Camembert, remove the plastic, with a sharp knife make cuts all over the top and put spins of rosemary and fine slices of garlic into the slashes, we have a cheese baker, but if you don’t – soak the wooden box the cheese comes in, in water for 5 minutes – then place into a preheated oven (200) for 10 minutes check and wait for the cheese to be gooey, then remove and serve immediately- serve with finely sliced bread, which I sprinkle with olive oil and bake in the oven at the same time till crispy – delicious 😋

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Sirloin Steak from Market Porter – £7
Aldi jacket potato – 43p (2)
half a bag of Aldi rocket 45p
half pot Aldi double cream 45p,
Teaspoon green peppercorns 10p,
splash of brandy (from booze stash)

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For the main, marinate the gorgeous Market Porter Sirloin steak in a little olive oil and black pepper, I microwave the potatoes for 10 mins, then into the hot oven for 30 minutes, heat a griddle or frying pan, you want it hot enough to sear – then 5 minutes before you are ready to serve, place the steaks onto the griddle or pan and cook to your liking, we like it very rare, leave the meat to rest for a few minutes before serving- time enough to prep the jacket Potato and add salad to plate.
The peppercorn sauce is made using this recipe http://www.recipecommunity.com.au/sauces-dips-spreads-recipes/peppercorn-sauce/16937

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I use brandy rather than wine 😉 finely chop a small onion (or shallot), gently fry in butter, add 100ml Brandy, cook down till alcohol has gone, add a tablespoon of green peppercorns, brined if you have them, ground down if dried (use a teaspoon if dried) then add 200ml of beef stock (I used Oxo), simmer for 5 minutes or so till reduced by half, add a good glug of double cream, cook down again, season to taste and serve.

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Chocolate Fondants – approx £1.18
eggs – free from friends hens,
Aldi dark basic chocolate – 30p
100g Aldi butter approx 35p,
75g Aldi plain flour 7p,
50g sugar approx 3p
Aldi double cream 43p (half pot)

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For the dessert, again I use the Thermomix, and use this recipe http://www.thestrandsofme.com/2015/03/18/thermomix-chocolate-fondants/
These are dangerously easy and taste amazing – they should come with a waistline warning 😇 I have given the method before, so won’t repeat myself, look here if you want the details https://emptynestfulltum.com/2016/07/30/its-chips-mum-but-not-as-we-know-it/

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So approx £11.00 for a luxurious 3 course menu for 2 – expensive yes, but for a special meal, a fraction of what you would spend on a night out for a similar meal. Just add wine and of course amazing company 💋

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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