Gardens and Puff Pastry with a Side Order of Steak and Chips

Bushy Garden Oct 2011

It´s that time of year here when you need to “put the garden to bed”.  Before you tuck it in for the winter, you can hack back the summer growth and give it a little room to breathe.

The interent and phone were down most of Sunday and all day Monday.  Frustrating but being “incomunicado” forces you to get up off your nether region and do something!  Gardening was the answer.

After a morning of hard work in the garden, we needed something to reward ourselves with – what better than steak and chips?  Steak is a rare treat for us, so we tend not to mess around with it too much.  A little massage with olive oil and seasoning, and onto the grill pan.  Chunky potatoes cooked in olive oil, and a little English mustard mixed with mayonnaise do it for me.

I had some leftovers from making my Chicken, Mushroom and Bacon Pie (recipe to follow another day) , so decided to make an easy dish to go with the steak and chips.

I cut what remained of the puff pastry into two rectangles and lightly cut (but not all the way through) another rectangle about one cm inside the outer edges of the pastry.  I brushed the pastry with milk and baked at 200ºC for about 15 minutes until puffed up and golden. When the pastry had cooled down I pushed in the middle section of the rectangle to leave a hollow space.

Save on the washing up and have a starter and main on the same plate

With very little oil I fried 4 thinly sliced mushrooms with 2 crushed cloves of garlic until soft then added 2 heaped tablespoons of chopped bacon.  I then added 1 heaped tablespoon of plan flour and stirred until it was cooked through.  I gradually added splashes of milk (about 5 or 6 in total), stirring all the time until I had a thick sauce and then filled the pastry cases with this.  I put them back into the oven on a low heat until I was ready to dish up the rest of the meal.

Bald Garden Nov 2011

A lovely glass of El Coto Rioja went down well with this and we sat outside for 15 minutes in the last of the afternoon´s sunshine admiring out work and drinking a good strong coffee.  It was a good day.


41 thoughts on “Gardens and Puff Pastry with a Side Order of Steak and Chips

    1. It works too for vol au vents – cut out your rounds, then lightly press a smaller round inside without cutting all the way through then when baked, push the centre in!

    1. Mushrooms and bacon were made for each other! The sun goes down now behind our mountain (but lasts a little longer round the other side) at about 6pm and by 6.45pm it´s dark now 😦 It starts to get light around 7.30am with the sun rising about 20 minutes later…although that is getting later each day now obviously. What about where you are?

  1. I’m loving your idea of how you serve your chips! I think I’ll treat my son to that!! and since it’s just myself and my son at home and I ALWAYS make too much food, I love getting tips on recreating meals with leftovers. Great idea!

    1. I make too much too. Big Man says I should be employed in Army Catering 🙂 Which reminds me to do a post on a leg of lamb which I then turned into meatballs and shepherd´s pie…!

  2. You did have a busy day and that was a perfect reward for your hard work. I must admit, though, that I didn’t know there was another way to cook a steak. Yours sounds perfect to me! And such a great way to use up left-over puff pastry! That sounds delicious!

  3. Wow your garden looks extremely tidy! I love the Autumnal tidy up of the garden… there’s something very therapeutic about it!

  4. ¡Qué rico todo!
    Y el jardin os ha quedado estupendo para el invierno. ¿plantas algunas flores durante el invierno o lo dejas asi para que la tierra descanse?
    Lo que más me ha gustado ha sido lo del hojaldre con champiñones. Simply genius!
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Creo que este año vamos a dejar las cosas tranquilitas en el jardín, pero tenemos una poca de verdura en el huerto – cebollas, ajos, acelga, apio…entonces hay siempre algo que hacer!

  5. Excellent reward after all of your hard work. It is always satisfying after you have been working hard all day and think “I’ve had a good day”!!
    Florence x

    1. We do seem to have been doing all the “physical” stuff lately – wood loading and garden cleaning. I guess it´s that time of year. Soon we can nest for the winter!

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