The idea for this salad comes from Lorraine Elliott who is the premier Australian food blogger known as Not Quite Nigella.
So how was your day? I had a pretty good one. I got a couple of walks in, participated in a teleconference for work, picked up new spectacles, and ordered a pair of prescription sunglasses.
- Scotch fillet steak
- Iodised salt
- Whole peppercorns
- Pomegranate arils
- Red onion
- Lime juice (3 tablespoons)
- Fish sauce (3 tablespoons)
- Icing sugar (1 tablespoon)
- Warm water (1 tablespoon)
- Purchase the piece of steak.
- Vacuum seal in a plastic bag after seasoning with iodised salt.
- Refrigerate overnight.
- Set up the sous vide water bath.
- Turn on the precision cooker and set the temperature for 57 °C and the timer for 2 hours.
- When the water bath temperature reaches 57 °C, add the steak into the water bath and cook for 2 hours.
- Remove the steak from the water bath and open the bag and remove the steak to a cutting board with a sheet of kitchen towel on it.
- Dry the surfaces of the steak with kitchen paper.
- Grind the whole peppercorns in a mortar with a pestle and then press the pepper into the flesh of the meat.
- Heat a cast-iron skillet to a high temperature so when you splash a little water on it the water vaporises immediately.
- Add a little high vapour point oil and brush over the surface of the hot skillet.
- Lay the steak on the skillet and turn frequently until the Maillard reaction is to your liking.
- Add in a knob of butter and some crushed garlic and baste your meat.
- Allow the steak to rest.
- With a Dick boning knife, dissect the spinalis dorsi from the longissimus dorsi. Set the spinalis dorsi aside and refrigerate for lunch meat.
- With a Dick butchers knife slice the meat thinly.
- Shave the fennel bulb with a mandolin while wearing a safety glove.
- Shave some red onion with a mandolin while wearing a safety glove.
- Whack a pomegranate to get the arils out. Avoid wearing a white T-shirt while doing this. If you have no concerns about how you look, wear an apron.
- Coarsely chop some parsley and mint leaves.
- Put all the salad stuff into a mixing bowl.
- Mix the icing sugar and warm water and then add in the lime juice and fish sauce.
- Dress the salad.
- Transfer the salad to a dinner plate and then lay the steak on the salad.
Canberra was pretty glorious this morning
I elected to wait until I was preparing to participate in a teleconference to enjoy the first meal for today.