Saturday, 25 January 2014

Asian inspired wraps

You'd think that being a mother would start once you gave birth, but judging by the quantity of baked goods and homemade meals radiating from my kitchen in the last couple of months, it clearly starts way before any baby arrives. 

Now if only I could sew, I'd be the perfect mother. If perfect mothers had cleaners.

Things I've been mulling over while mooching around the kitchen this week:
  • Whether taking a newborn on a tour around Japan is a good idea
  • Why companies lose their humanity as they grow
  • If airfares to Savannah are expensive all year round, or just in summer
  • How to take better photos in the kitchen
  • Which restaurants I absolutely must take my mum to when she visits
  • What reason I could possibly have for trying to make my own pho when I can wander up the road and enjoy it for £6 without the hassle of cleaning up

Anyway. Make these wraps. Your husband will tell you it's the tastiest meal he's had in ages (until you whip up your next meal, obviously) and you'll feel like you're the healthiest kid on the block. Plus it's super simple, so you'll be free to allow your mind to wander (do let me know if you have answers to any of my questions above).

You'll need:
  • 225g rump or sirloin steak
  • Garnishes of your choice to wrap: we used spring onions, cucumber and coriander
  • A head of iceberg lettuce, leaves separated, for wrapping
Blitz the following in a mini food processor:
  • 2 stalks lemongrass, trimmed
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 2 tsps of dark soft brown sugar
  • 2 pieces of jalapeno peppers (from a jar)
  • 1 tbsp Thai fish sauce
  • 2 tsps of sesame oil
  • 2 tsps of vegetable or groundnut oil, whatever you have on hand
Then thinly slice your steak into strips and pour the marinade over them, ensuring the steak is thoroughly coated. While your steak is absorbing the tasty goodness, whiz up your dipping sauce in the food processor:
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 1 piece of jalapeno pepper
  • 2 tsps of dark soft brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tbsps rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsps Thai fish sauce
  • 2 spring onions, trimmed
Sear your strips of steak in a smoking fry pan lightly brushed with oil for a mere 30 seconds on either side, and you're ready to wrap up your tasty steak parcels and dip. Enjoy!

Recipe adapted courtesy of Delia.