Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Beef & Haloumi Burgers

Serves 2

200g beef mince
1/2 small brown onion, finely chopped
1 tbsp finely chopped oregano leaves
1 tsp worcestershire sauce
sea salt & cracked black pepper
olive oil, for shallow frying
100g store-bought roasted & marinated capsicum
100g haloumi cheese, sliced
2 wood-fired bread rolls
2 tbsp store-bought baba ghanoush

Combine mince, oregano, worcestershire sauce, salt & pepper.
Divide mixture into 2 & shape into patties.
Heat non-stick frying pan over medium heat.
Add oil & patties & cook for 6 min each side or until cooked to your liking.
Remove & keep warm.
Add capsicum & haloumi & cook for 1-2 min each side or until cheese is golden/
To assemble, spread rolls with baba ghanoush.
Top with haloumi, capsicum & patties.
Serve with salad &/or chips of your choice.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

The proposal dinner:

Beef, Bocconcini & Basil Salad

Serves 2

2 tsp vegetable oil
2 x 150g fillet steaks (or whichever cut you prefer)
4 bocconcini, sliced
1 cup small basil leaves
2 small vine-ripened tomatoes, cut into wedges
2 tbsp chives, cut into 3cm lengths
sea salt & cracked black pepper
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp dijon mustard

To make dressing, whisk vinegar, oil & mustard until combined.
Heat frypan over medium-high heat.
Add oil & steaks & cook for 3 min each side or until cooked to your liking.
Set aside to rest for 5 min.
Slice steaks & place in bowl along with bocconcini, basil, tomatoes, chives, salt & pepper.
Drizzle with dressing & serve warm or at room temperature with a nice red.

And for dessert, a simple dish of blueberries with King Island Honey & Cinnamon Yoghurt served with dessert wine. (We had Brown Brothers Orange Muscat & Flora.)