Sous vide New York strip steak and fennel salad

Sous vide New York strip steak and fennel salad

Sous vide New York strip steak and fennel salad


  • New York strip steak
  • Iodised salt
  • Queensland nut oil
  • Butter
  • Sherry
  • Cream
  • Fennel
  • Red onion
  • Radish
  • Lime juice
  • Pomegranate arils
  • Coriander
  • Parsley
Sous vide New York strip steak and fennel salad


  1. Season the steak with salt.
  2. Vacuum seal the steak and cook in a water bath at 55 °C for 2 hours.
  3. Remove the steak from the bag and empty the juices into a container.
  4. Dry the surfaces of the steak with kitchen paper.
  5. Wipe the cooking surface of a cast-iron skillet with some Queensland nut oil.
  6. Heat a cast-iron skillet until the oil begins to smoke.
  7. Sear the steak on all sides and then add a nudge of butter to the skillet and baste the steak.
  8. Add the meat juices from the vacuum bag.
  9. Remove the steak from the skillet and place on a plate to rest.
  10. Deglaze the skillet with some cooking sherry and add some cream to make a sauce.
  11. Slice the fennel, red onion, and radish with a mandolin (use a safety glove to avoid significant hæmorrhage).
  12. Add the fennel, red onion and radish to a bowl with some lime juice and water to prevent the vegetables from oxidising.
  13. Drain the liquid from the bowl and place the salad vegetables into a salad bowl.
  14. Chop the coriander and parsley and add to the salad bowl.
  15. Add the pomegranate arils to the salad and toss the salad (whatever you do, do not look up toss the salad in the urban dictionary).
  16. Place the steak onto a dinner plate which has been warming on the water bath.
  17. Add the salad next to the steak.
  18. Spoon the sauce from the skillet over the steak.
Sous vide New York strip steak and fennel salad

Spaghetti with creamed spinach and steak

Spaghetti with creamed spinach and eye fillet steak

I carb loaded today, so I figured why not have some more with some spaghetti.

I have great workmates. One friend made croissants yesterday (she’s a butter fiend), and she gave me one fresh out of the oven this morning. Another friend made coconut ice which is one of my all-time favourite confectionaries.

Yes, I’m spoilt.

Songlines coffee with homemade Croissant and homemade Coconut ice


  • Spaghetti
  • Spinach leaves
  • Garlic
  • Dijon mustard
  • Cream
  • Leftover sous vide eye fillet steak (thinly sliced)
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Leftover caramelised onions
Spaghetti and creamed spinach with leftover eye fillet steak and caramelised onions


  • Cook the spaghetti in boiling water for 7 minutes.
  • Drain the spaghetti and rinse with cold water.
  • Put some olive oil in a cold skillet and turn the heat on to a low setting.
  • Add some sliced garlic to the oil and allow it to cook and release its flavour into the warm oil.
  • Add in the spaghetti and begin to warm it up with the caramelised onions.
  • Toss in the spinach leaves and allow the leaves to wilt.
  • Mix through a couple of teaspoons of dijon mustard and some cream.
  • Add in the sliced steak and some cherry tomatoes and keep cooking until the meat is warm.
Spaghetti and creamed spinach with leftover eye fillet steak and caramelised onions

The first mango of the season

My favourite fruit is mango.

My favourite mango is the Kensington Pride. The Kensington Pride or Bowen mango is sweet firm and never has that turpentine-like after taste.

The Kensington Pride is also never stringy or fibrous and the seed is relat small and flat.

When green, the Kensington Pride does well with curry powder too.

Kensington Pride mango with blueberries and no added sugar yoghurt.​
Kensington Pride mango with blueberries and no added sugar yoghurt.

Sous vide eye fillet with lentils à la dijonnaise

I’ve got leftover lentils from last night and steak plus some broccolini—a pretty nice Sunday dinner on a long weekend.

Sous vide eye fillet steak with mashed lentils à la dijonnaise and broccolini


  • Eye fillet steak
  • Iodised salt
  • Black pepper
  • Leftover lentils à la dijonnaise
  • Broccolini
  • Olive oil
Tied up eye fillet steak after cooking sous vide (under pressure)



  • Tie the eye fillet with cooks string.
  • Season the steak with salt and pepper.
  • Seal the steak in a vacuum bag.
  • Cook sous vide (under vacuum) for 2 hours at 55 °C.
  • When finished, remove the steak from the vacuum bag and dry the surfaces with absorbent kitchen paper.
  • Sear the steak in a hot cast-iron skillet using high vapour point oil like Queensland nut oil or rice bran oil.
  • Add a nudge of butter to the skillet and spoon the melting butter over the steak.
  • Allow the steak to rest and then slice thinly with a sharp knife.


  • Wash the broccolini in water and then rub olive oil on the heads.
  • Season the broccolini with salt and then cook in an oven at 200 °C for about 20 minutes.

Leftover lentils à la dijonnaise

Plating up

  • Spoon the lentils onto a dinner plate which has been warming on the water bath.
  • Transfer slices of steak over the lentils and spoon burnt butter over the steak.
  • Place the broccolini next to the steak and lentils.
Sous vide eye fillet steak with mashed lentils à la dijonnaise and broccolini

Sweet corn and caramelised onions

I felt like a relatively light lunch but I wanted something which would require some effort.

Caramelising onions seemed like the right thing to do.

Sweet corn and caramelised onions

It’s fairly simple to make caramelised onions.

I slice a couple of onions with a sharp knife and put them into a cold skillet with some olive oil and a nudge of butter. I then heat the skillet gently and keep the heat low and slow until the onions take on a brown colour. Once the onions begin to smell sweet I add in some cooking sherry and cook until the sherry has reduced. Then I add some Worcestershire sauce and cook until the onions are sticky. I turn the heat off and add a liberal quantity of dried chilli flakes plus freshly cracked black pepper.

The sweet corn is easier to cook. I buy the corn with the husk on and run it under a tap for a few seconds to get it damp. I then wrap it in aluminium foil and put it into an oven set at about 200 °C for about 45 minutes. After about 45 minutes, I unwrap the corn, remove the husk, and then season it with salt and pepper.

Sweet corn and caramelised onions

Democracy sausage time

I voted today in the ACT local council elections. Because of COVID-19, the polling is open for three weeks before the scheduled election day.

It was all very good with physical distancing and lots of alcohol-based hand rub.

There was no barbecue set up for a democracy sausage so I came home and made my own with a cheese kransky, sourdough roll, some fried onion, and sauerkraut.

Lentils à la Dijonnaise (mustard and speck lentils)

You can find the full recipe at Yummy Lummy.

Lentils à la Dijonnaise


  • 300 grams of green lentils
  • 1 litre of tap water
  • One carrot (sliced)
  • One onion (halved)
  • Two cloves
  • One sprig of thyme
  • Two bay leaves
  • One clove of garlic
  • 150 grams of smoked speck
  • Two tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper to season
  • One nudge of butter


  • Rinse the lentils in cold water and then put the lentils into the saucepan.
  • Then add the water (three times the volume of lentils, e.g. 900 mL of water to 300 grams of lentils).
  • Bring the water and lentils to the boil.
  • Remove the scum floating on the water with a spoon. I have no idea what difference this does, but apparently, French cooks do this. Not that I care about what French cooks do or think. 
  • Slice the carrot with a sharp knife or a mandolin and be careful not to slice your fingers open.
  • Half the onion with a sharp knife and again be careful. Blood in the lentils may add a little saltiness but is not usually required.
  • Insert a clove into the top of the dome of half of the onion.
  • Add the carrot, onion with the clove in situ, garlic, bay leaves, and thyme.
  • Add the speck,
  • Mix everything so that the water covers everything.
  • Do not salt early, salt after 20 minutes because the lentils will not cook properly (or so they say).
  • Cook for 30 minutes with the lid on with low heat. 
  • After 30 minutes, remove the aromatic vegetables but not the carrot.
  • Remove the speck and pan fry it for the finished dish.
  • Take some of the hot fluid and mix with the dijon mustard to dilute the dijon mustard.
  • Then pour the creamy thin dijon mustard back into the saucepan and gently mix everything. 
  • Serve the lentils in a bowl.
  • Add a nudge of butter. What is a nudge of butter? I have no idea. 
  • Add the speck to the bowl. 
  • Garnish with something green to make it pretty because all TV and YouTube cooks will tell you, “we eat with our eyes”. Now, what a stupid thing to say. I mean, sure you can pour small quantities of a liquid over your eyes to permit the collection of nutrients in your conjunctivæ. The nutrients will travel via capillary action down through the nasolacrimal ducts into your nasal passages where if you swallow hard, you can ‘consume’ the liquid. This approach is hardly an efficient way to eat a bowl of lentils.
  • Add some wholegrain mustard for a contrasting taste and mouthfeel.
  • Add some pepper.

Baked salmon with sauerkraut and apple sauce

I’m guessing you’re wondering what am I doing combining salmon with sauerkraut and apple sauce.

Baked salmon with sauerkraut and apple sauce

On the weekend I bought a jar of sauerkraut and a bottle of apple sauce for a pork knuckle meal. The instructions on the sauerkraut jar read, “eat within a week of opening” so here I am eating salmon and sauerkraut.


  • Salmon
  • Sauerkraut
  • Apple sauce
  • Sweet potato chips


  • Cook the sweet potato chips at 200 °C for 30 minutes.
  • Cook the salmon in an oven at 200 °C for 15 minutes.
  • Add a spoonful of sauerkraut and a spoonful of apple sauce to the dinner plate.
Baked salmon with sauerkraut and apple sauce

Spaghetti, creamed spinach, and eye fillet steak

For the first time in many years rather than buying Asian pasta, I bought some European pasta.

Spaghetti with leftover eye fillet steak with spinach, rocket, garlic, dijon mustard, cream, and cherry tomatoes

A simple meal tonight. I need to finish the leftover steak from last week. I also have some spinach left to finish too.

It’s an easy enough meal.

I boiled some water and cooked the spaghetti. After rinsing and draining the spaghetti I out it into a frying pan with some olive oil and butter and tossed it around a bit before adding in the spinach leaves to wilt. Add to the frying pan a dash of cream and a teaspoon of mustard for flavour and Bob’s your uncle. All I needed to do was toss through the thinly sliced steak, and dinner was ready.

Spaghetti with leftover eye fillet steak with spinach, rocket, garlic, dijon mustard, cream, and cherry tomatoes

Pork knuckle, sauerkraut, and apple sauce

Pork knuckle, sauerkraut, and apple sauce

For the full recipe, check out the post at Yummy Lummy.

Coles Australian Pork knuckle
Pork knuckle, sauerkraut, and apple sauce with potato mash and instant gravy



  • Slow-cooked Australian pork knuckle
  • Polish sauerkraut
  • Australian grown apple sauce
  • Potato mash
  • Instant gravy


  • Turn on the oven and heat it to 220 °C.
  • Remove the pork knuckle from the packaging and dry off the surface with kitchen paper.
  • Put the pork knuckle onto a lined baking sheet with the rind exposed.
  • Cook the pork knuckle for about 50 minutes.
  • Remove the pork knuckle from the oven and allow it to rest.
  • Tear off the crispy crackling and set it aside.
  • Dissect away the cooked muscle meat from the bone.
  • Slice the meat and place it onto a dinner plate.
  • Spoon some sauerkraut onto the dinner plate.
  • Spoon some apple sauce onto the dinner plate.
  • Irradiate the potato mash with microwaves.
  • Place the potato mash onto the dinner plate.
  • Boil some water.
  • Put a tablespoon of instant gravy powder into a glass jug and then whisk through the boiling water.
  • Pour the gravy over the potato mash.