With the right spices, staples and seasonings stocked in your kitchen, serving up a delicious meal for one, like this Steak Diane, will be a snap.
Keeping a well-stocked kitchen means you can cook a tasty meal with minimal shopping for fresh ingredients. I have included my list of recommendations below. Don’t buy them all at once. Although they are not expensive individually, they do add up, so plan a few meals for the week and get the supplies you need. Before you know it, your pantry will be full and you’ll be minutes away from creating delicious meals for yourself.
Items you’ll find in a well-stocked kitchen:
Italian style tomato sauce
Rice noodles, dried/vacuum packed.
Red wine vinegar
Chili paste/ dried chili flakes
When using oil for frying it is best to choose a nut or seed oil such as peanut or canola that has a higher smoke point. Oil loses its flavor and health benefits when heated to a temperature hot enough to use for frying food, so save your good quality olive oil for salad dressings, dipping and for adding at the end of the cooking process.
With staples in stock, all you have to buy is some steak, mushrooms and greens to make this delicious Steak Diane recipe. Oh, and some red wine. I recommend having a glass and relaxing for ten minutes before you start to cook.
Steak Diane receipe
1 steak the size of the palm of your hand
3 button mushrooms
1 small clove of garlic
1 tbsp. red wine
Pinch of salt
Pinch of black pepper
1 tbsp. cooking oil
½ tsp. corn flour mixed into 1 tbsp. water
Heat your pan to a medium heat.
Pour half the oil onto a plate and mix in the salt and pepper then rub it into the steak.
Place the steak in the pan.
When the pink juice rises to the surface of the meat, turn it and wait for the juices to rise again.
For a rare steak, wait for the slightest beading to appear. For a well done steak, wait until the juices pool on the surface.
While the steak is cooking slice the mushrooms and garlic finely.
Remove the steak from the pan and cover it, leaving it to rest while you prepare the sauce.
Add the rest of the oil to the pan and fry the mushrooms and garlic for ten seconds.
Pour the wine into the pan and simmer the mushrooms for one minute.
Pour in the corn flour mixture a little at a time, stirring until the sauce begins to thicken.
Serve the steak with the mushroom sauce and steamed vegetables or salad.
Copyright © Louise Harper/2017 Singular Communications, LLC.
Louise Harper is a sculptor turned cook who specializes in recipes for one. She lives in Melbourne Australia (in a house for one, of course) and loves cooking “just for her.” For more information on her “single” series of cook books, visit www.singleserve.net.au