Steak bearnaise and chilli cheesy fries


If you are looking a quick and easy recipe for a special celebration with ultimate wow factor, steak bearnaise is the one you need.

Steak frites is a classic French bistro dish. Serve it with a delicious buttery tarragon-flavoured bearnaise sauce and some pan fried greens on the side and you’ve got the makings of a wonderful meal that you can whip up with very little effort. Both the steaks and the sauce take only minutes to cook, side by side on the hob, and the frites can be done in the oven without any hassle at all.

This probably my desert island dish – it’s so good.

What you need

3 egg yolks

150ml butter (150g)

1 tbsp white wine vinegar

1 tsp dried tarragon

2 steaks (rump or sirloin are good)

2 baking potatoes

2oz grated cheddar cheese

1 red chilli, sliced finely into rings

a handful of fresh oregano


What to do

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.

Cut the potatoes into thin sticks (skin on) and lay in a single layer in a roasting tin. Drizzle with oil and toss to coat. Bake for 25 minutes, turning half way until golden and crispy. Sprinkle over the cheese and sliced chilli and bake for another 5 minutes until the cheese has melted. Finish with a sprinkle of fresh herbs

Heat some oil in a pan, season the steaks with salt and pepper and pan fry for 5 minutes on each side until golden. I cut into the end of the steak with a sharp knife to see how well done it is inside (because I can’t stand a bloody steak but you can do it to your liking).

Quarter fill a small saucepan with boiling water, place a heatproof bowl over the top and get the water simmering gently. Add the egg yolks, vinegar, tarragon and butter to the bowl and whisk for a few minutes until the butter has melted and the sauce has thickened. Turn off the heat. The sauce will happily keep warm over the pan of water until the steaks are ready.

Serve the steak with the frites and a drizzle of sauce on top. You can do pan fried greens or a simple green salad to go with it.

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Love Livs



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Fortune cookies


Fortune cookies are always one of the best things about going for a Chinese meal. Everyone always loves cracking open the little biscuits to reveal their future. They are easy to make, you just have to be work quickly to get the fortune inside, fold them and hang them off the spoon handles before they start to go hard, but that’s part of the fun of it. We have been on the floor laughing some years when people were not quick enough and their cookie set into a weird shape with the fortune hanging out.

Get the kids to write the fortunes before hand so you’re all ready to go. The cookies only take a few minutes in the oven and then you go into mach speed. ┬áIt’s easier if you cook a few at a time. They might look a bit more rustic than a shop bought ones but I like rustic and everyone enjoys eating them far more because we made them ourselves.

What you need:

2oz plain flour
2oz icing sugar
2oz butter
1 egg

What to do:

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and get a non stick baking tray ready.

Soften the butter in the microwave for 30 secs on high. Then, beat the sugar & butter together in a bowl.

Beat (mix like mad) in the egg until combined.

Fold (mix gently) in the flour until combined.

Spread spoonfuls of the mixture onto a non stick baking tray into rough rounds using a palette knife or the back of a spoon.

Bake for 5 minutes until just golden.

Working super quickly, take out of the oven, remove the biscuits from the tray with a palette knife, put in the fortune inside, fold over into a crescent shape and bend over a wooden spoon handle. Leave to cool & harden.

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Love Livs


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