Fast Food by Charmaine

Fast food is one of the chapters in Charmaine Solomon’s Family Recipes and near the end of the working week, a very welcome chapter.  This book doesn’t necessarily contain anything recipe wise that can’t be found in my other cookbooks.  What makes it interesting though are the family stories and insights into each recipe.  I bought this book about 10 years ago and I note from the price tag still on it that books don’t cost as much as they used to!

Last weekend I cleaned out the fridge and was pretty disgusted at the amount of what was once good food I had to throw out due to my disorganisation and general slackness.  So I knew I had some perfectly good creme fraiche on the verge of becoming not good.  Charmaine’s beef stroganoff provided a quick and tasty use for this.

2tbsp flour
salt and freshly ground pepper
500g rump steak, thinly sliced
2 tbsp olive oil
60g butter
2 onions, finely sliced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
500g button mushrooms, sliced
1 cup hot beef stock
1/2 cup sour cream

Heat 1 tbsp oil and 30g butter on low heat nad fry onion and garlic until soft.  Add mushroom and continue cooking until limp.  Remove and set aside.  Toss steak in seasoned flour and cook on high heat in remaining oil and butter until browned.  Add hot stock, stir well and add onions and mushrooms.  Season well with salt and pepper and simmer a few minutes.  Add sour cream and heat through without boiling.  Charmaine says the secret is to use lots of freshly ground black pepper.

This method works well and leaves the meat nice and tender.  My daughter asked if we could have this more often.  Maybe next year was my response.   It looks a bit anaemic in the bowl, but it was good.

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