Yesterday I was telling you about the lovely selection of goodies that Rodda’s sent me to enable me to try and recreate one of their recipes. I love a challenge so I was quite happy to give this a try. The recipe they sent me was for Beef Stroganoff.
Beef Strogonoff is a Russian dish of beef served in a creamy sauce. It is not something I normally make, I tend to make more gravy and tomato based stews which are easily cooked in the slow cooker. I was looking forward to trying this recipe and seeing what it was like. The dish is normally served with rice but works equally well with pasta or potatoes. This was the finished result.
The dish was lovely and creamy with a slight bite to it. It was a lovely meal and I would definitely go to the effort of making it again. I was quite surprised that the recipe suggested serving gerkins sliced over the top of the beef stroganoff, but these actually complemented it nicely. Rodda’s clotted cream works really well in the dish, as it is clotted it is easy to spoon in as you cook. It is not too runny so the juice ends up reasonably thick.
Beef Stroganoff Recipe
- 150g (5 oz) shimenji mushrooms (or any mushroom of choice)
- 500g (18 oz) trimmed beef fillet
- 100ml vegetable oil
- 100g ( 4oz) unsalted butter
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, grated
- 2 tablespoons sweet paprika
- 50ml brandy (or white wine or sherry)
- 100ml beef stock
- 1 bunch of chives, finely chopped
- 50g (2 oz) gherkins, cut into batons
- 200g (7 oz) Rodda¹s Cornish clotted cream
- For the shimenji mushrooms trim the stalks 2 cm from the caps. If you are using other mushrooms cut into chunks.
- Cut the beef fillet into batons 1 cm across
- Add the oil to a large frying pan and heat. Add the beef in batches and cook until browned on all sides but rare in the middle. Place the beef in a bowl.
- Add the mushrooms and 30g of butter to the pan and cook till soft. Add to the bowl with the beef.
- Reduce the heat and add the rest of the butter to the pan with the onions and garlic. Cook gently until soft but not brown.
- Add the paprika and cook for a minute then turn up the heat and add the brandy. It may flame so be careful.
- When the flames have gone out add the beef stock and bring to the boil.
- Add Rodda’s clotted cream and stir. Add the beef and mushrooms back into the mixture and season.
- Sprinkle the chopped chives and gerkins over the top.
One thing I love about the run up to Christmas is the continental market that always visits the centre of Newcastle. It makes a nice trip to visit the market and stop and look at Fenwicks Christmas windows on the way home.
The market is always next to the monument, a selection of covered stalls under the shadow of Lord Grey atop his column. It mingles well with the old buildings and the new glass of the Eldon Square shopping centre.
Newcastle continental market is always busy, a mixture of exotic foods, clothes and ornaments from all round the world. If you are hungry there is plenty of food to eat as you wander round. You can get noodles, paella or creamy chicken cooked in huge vats or maybe you fancy a hog roast. For the more adventurous there is a range of exotic meats being cooked. Maybe you would like a kangeroo or ostrich burger? You will find it all here.
How about a hog roast?
The stalls are bright and colourful as you walk past. There is all sorts of clothing on show. I found these colourful jumpers from Peru. You can also get a wide range of head wear from trapper hats to Russian military hats, very cosy in the cold.
Maybe you are on the look out for some gourmet goodies for gifts or just to take home to eat. There is plenty to treat yourself to. French cheese, Italian biscuits, Turkish delight or other sweets.
Maybe you just fancy a selection of home made sweets or fudge. You will find something to tempt you even if you are determined not to spend.
We had great fun browsing and did not leave empty handed. I found some flavoured salt which I brought to try on salads. I also bought an incredibly clever scarf which can be used in a variety of ways from a hat to a hood to a beanie. It is a very pleasant way to spend a couple of hours. We also visited Newcastle Continental Market last year and hope it will be back next year.
Have you heard of Rodda’s clotted cream? They are a Cornish Company who make traditional Cornish Clotted cream. Perfect for putting on a scone for a lovely cream tea. They also make lots of other products as well, Cornish butter, milk, pouring cream, crème faiche and clotted cream fudge and shortbread.
Recently I was sent this lovely selection of goodies from Rodda’s in order to try out one of their recipes.
I can tell you now the fudge and shortbread are delicious, I love the little milk churn cans they come in. What I really liked was the little booklet that came with the selection of products. It details 101 uses and excuses for clotted cream. Anything that gives me an excuse to eat cream has got to be a winner in my book. If you have a look on the Rodda’s cream website you will find a full range of incredibly gorgeous recipes. From cakes to puddings to main courses the range of dishes is amazing. You can even find a hedgehog recipe, not a real hedgehog but a scrumptious way to serve ice cream.
I have been challenged to make a beef strogonoff using Rodda’s clotted cream so keep a look out to see how it turns out. I suspect I may try a couple of the other recipes as well. After all they look so delicious.
Have you ever watched New Girl? It’s a series set in Los Angeles where a girl called Jess moves into a loft flat to share with three single guys. Jess has just suffered a bad break up and wants to move on with her life. The three guys in the flat, Winston, Schmidt and Nick have their own problems and the series follows the dynamics of the group as they get on with their lives. Also in the mix is Jess’ childhood friend, Cece who is a model. As anyone who has shared a flat with others knows the situation can get complicated and it makes for interesting viewing.
Zalando, who are are an online fashion company have currently put together their own range of looks inspired by the series New Girl. They have gathered their collections of clothing into four types of look, Hipster, Party, Sport and Formal. You can choose from these collections and put together an outfit that looks stunning. I decided I was going to have a browse on Zalando and put together a New Girl fashion look of my own. This is my party look inspired by New Girl.
I chose the Vero Moda dress as I love the colour, it is a colour that suits me and it would look fabulous on Jess as well with her dark hair. It also looks really smart and would stand out at a party. The black Guess blazer looks smart and goes nicely with the dress. I chose Belle shoes as they are flats. Normally if you wear heels to a party you end up with sore feet. These have a rather nice design on them which makes them look a little bit special.
To finish off the outfit I added some green earrings and a gorgeous bold tribal bracelet. I loved the way the colours in the bracelet matched the dress and the blazer. My final touch was the Desigual Blue bag. It was just so unusual and I think it just adds a little touch of quirkiness to the outfit. I would love to know what you think?
Disclosure: This is my entry into the Zalando New Girl competition.
I love to send unusual gifts to people and one of the places you can often find unique items are independent retailers. These used to be easy to find on the High Street but now it is getting harder to find them and involves more effort to seek them out. I was delighted to be asked to get involved with a blogger competition on behalf of MyHigh.st, which is an online shopping emporium that brings the high street into your home. It is a collection of small independent retailers which have been gathered into one place allowing you to find unique gift ideas and food, craft and home items. I love the idea of an emporium, it sounds exotic before you even look.
I went to have a look hoping to find some lovely gift ideas. I did find a lot but I got a bit sidetracked. Recently my mum and dad had been to visit and when we were all sitting round the dinner table I realised I was really short of serving dishes and serving spoons. When I first went into the site I went into the Christmas kitchen section and realised they had a selection of everything I needed to make my Christmas table perfect.
Before my guests get to the table I like to serve a selection of nibbles. I found these lovely Wooden Nibble Trays from Trowbridge Gallery that would look lovely dotted around the living room full of snacks. They are only £12 as well which is a great price.
Of course I would need to serve drinks along with my nibbles, it would be rude not to. This West Country Drinks and Nibbles Gift Box has a great selection of ciders and nibbles to complement the more usual drinks
When I get my guests to the table I can impress them with these festive napkin rings that should get them in the mood for Christmas food. They also add a bit of colour to the table, I love the happy smiling face on Santa.
For serving plates I found this lovely large Moroccan plate which has gorgeous colouring. It would make a lovely centrepiece to the table, possibly with slices of turkey on it.
I also found this spotted pie dish would make a really cheerful serving dish for stuffing.
If you are looking for food to save you cooking there is a great selection as well, I found this Mango and Passion Fruit Cheesecake that set my mouth watering.
I was really impressed at the range of things on offer at MyHigh.St and you can certainly spend a lot of time browsing this site. I think it is great that all these different retailers are under one internet roof and I had no problems finding lots of things that are now on my must have list.
Disclosure: This is my entry into the MyHigh.St Christmas Blogger competition