It’s fair to say that here at Very Blog, we LOVE a slap-up meal. We love the tastes, we love the smells and we love the atmosphere of our favourite restaurants. These days, it’s impossible to turn on the TV without seeing a celebrity chef – it seems like they’re everywhere! Jamie Oliver keeps campaigning for better school dinners, Gordon Ramsey keeps shouting and swearing at everyone and Delia is seen at Norwich City as often as she’s seen in the kitchen!
The beauty about celebrity chefs is that they’ve made it even more fun to cook up some amazing dishes in your own home! You don’t have to go out to a plush restaurant in the upmarket part of town to have a good meal – you can get much more satisfaction by creating the meal in your own kitchen! Don’t believe us? Well why not try it for yourself?! You’d be surprised just how easy it is to come up with a delicious, in-season dinner that will impress both your friends and family.
One of our personal favourites is steak – we can’t get enough of it. Whether you like it dripping rare or dark and well done, there’s so much that you can do with it. If you’re the sort of person that likes to trim the fat from the steak, or likes to cut it into strips, then a good quality set of knives, like this Richardson Sheffield 5-piece Pulse Knife Block (straight from the steel city itself) will definitely do the trick!
For the steak itself, lots of people prefer to stir-fry, which means reaching for the frying pan in this excellent Tefal Preference Aluminum Pan Set or, if you prefer to have lines across your steak, this Le Creuset grillit. However, we actually love it when the steak comes to the table sizzling with flavour, so try out this Viners 27 cm Sizzle Plate. Remember to use a bit of oil before you start frying – many people use olive oil but we actually prefer rapeseed oil (it’s full of monounsaturated fat, which helps to lower cholesterol, is full of vitamin E and it’s very tasty!)
That doesn’t leave much time for your side dishes – so let’s get cracking! When it comes to vegetables, griddled peppers and onion really does work to add some flavour to your steak (and a pinch of black pepper always goes down well, especially if you are using a sizzler) but if you want to try something different, have a bash at adding some asparagus. When it starts to come into season in early spring, asparagus really is a tasty and healthy alternative. Simply splash some oil on the spears and griddle for 4-5 minutes until they start to colour.
Finally, if you want to add a final side dish, try some roast potato wedges with a bit of a twist. Preheat the oven to 200c, cut a potato or two into wedges, place into a roasting try, like this Le Creuset Stoneware Roaster, and sprinkle with some paprika. Twenty minutes in the oven later, you’ll have some tasty wedges to add to your delicious steak dish!
So there you have it – a quick, simple and healthy dish that will impress your family and could see you take on some top celebrity chefs!