Saturday 6 November 2010

Fluffy white rice

Ohyes, I have cracked the rice doohickey setting on the Star Chef!  It was tricky to get the amount of water right for a small amount of rice but the third time was the charm.  For 2 people on a lower-carb diet, 100g rice and 280ml water is -perfect-.

And I made a rose veal stroganoff with the rice:-
  • 2x rose veal escalopes
  • 100g half fat creme fraiche
  • 1tsp smoked paprika
  • 1x medium onion
  • 250g chestnut mushrooms
  • 10ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 15ml cognac
  • 1tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • salt to taste
Slice the veal into strips.  Chop the onion roughly.  Slice the mushrooms.  Heat the oil in a non-stick pan and add the onions.  Cook until golden and soft, then add the veal strips and cook until the veal has turned colour on the outside.  Add the mushrooms and paprika and cook until the mushrooms are soft and juicy.  Add the cognac and creme fraiche, season with the pepper and salt and cook through until the alcohol has come off the cognac (lean over the pan and sniff, once you can do that without your eyes stinging/feeling sensitive, it's done).   Serve over fluffy, white rice.

Rose veal is particularly good as the calves are free to roam and not shut up in crates.  Also veal tends to be leaner than the usual beef cuts you get.

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