Monday, January 18, 2016

The Fast Forward 15 Minute Family Feast

Dinner time is one of our favorite times of the day, as it is when our family gets to sit together and enjoy good food and spend quality time together. Our children would tell us about their day in school while being fed a nutritious meal.

Here's how you can put two wholesome dishes on the dinner table in under 15 minutes, fast forward your time in the kitchen so you have more time to spend with loved ones.

A meal guaranteed to impress your family

This menu features my family's favorite dishes - steamed mussels and warm steak salad. This is definitely my type of "fast food" - easy to cook, delicious and nutritious. It is recommended to start with the mussels dish - they take about 7-8 minutes to steam from frozen. I prefer to cook the mussels from frozen, as defrosting them would take an extra 30 minutes. Cooking from frozen saves time, and only requires 2 extra minutes on the hob.

While the mussels are steaming, you can get on with your rib eye steaks. Sear them for 2 to 2 1/2 minutes each side, then leave to rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing. While resting, quickly prepare the dressing and pour over the rocket leaves just before serving.

The steak lover approves! ;)

Steamed mussels 
Recipe by Baby Sumo
Preparation time: 2 minutes
Cooking time: 10-12 minutes
Serves 4

900g frozen NZ mussels
1 cup cooking sake or white wine
2 tbsp salted butter
1 tbsp oil
5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
15 cherry tomatoes

A small handful fresh parsley

1. In a large pot over medium high heat, melt the butter with the oil and add the chopped garlic. Saute for about 1 minute until lightly golden, then add the cherry tomatoes and sake or white wine. Bring to the boil and once boiling, add the mussels.

2. Place lid on and allow to steam for 7-8 minutes. You may open half way through and give it a quick stir.

3. Sprinkle parsley over the mussels before serving. Serve with crusty bread, or any toast bread to soak up the lovely sauce/juices.

Warm Steak Salad with Honey Balsamic Dressing
Recipe by Baby Sumo
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 6-7 minutes
Serves 4

2 x 350g rib eye steak
3 tsp cooking oil
50g wild rocket
15 cherry tomatoes
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the dressing
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 tbsp honey
Salt, to taste

To serve
Maldon salt or fleur de sel
Dijon mustard

1. Clean the steak under running water and pat very dry with kitchen towel. Season both sides with pepper and rub with 1 teaspoon of oil each.

2. In a large grill pan over high heat, add 1 teaspoon oil and wait until the pan/oil is smoking hot. Place the steak in the pan, and start your timer. Every minute, flip the steak. Cook to desired doneness - a 350g 1 inch steak will take about 4 1/2 minutes for medium doneness.

3. Remove steak from pan and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Season the steaks generously with salt.

4. Place cherry tomatoes in the hot grill pan and pan roast them for about 1 1/2 - 2 minutes until the skin is slightly blistered. Remove from heat.

5. In a small bowl, place the dressing the ingredients and mix well. Season with salt and then pour over the rocket leaves, and toss.

6. To serve, place rocket leaves, steak and tomatoes on a board. Slice steaks very thinly across the grain and then toss with the rocket and tomatoes. Serve with more Maldon salt or fleur de sel, as desired.

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  1. That sure looks nicer than any outside, truly a feast!

  2. We love mussels-they're so quick to cook but so tasty too! :D

  3. i wouldn't have realised that these yummy-looking meals could be prepared so quickly ... but i guess that an experienced and capable chef would know! :) the steak looks gorgeeeeouuusss :D

  4. This is definitely a feast! I love it! The steak looks so tender and yummy! And I love those mussels! Wonderful dinner time with family indeed!

  5. Hi Yen,

    Just 15 mins and you can cook all of these delicious food. You must be very fast leg fast hands... You know what I mean. LOL!



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