French Inspiration

My Sunday consisted of the usual getting up late, making brunch and doing those little things to get ready to face the week; like cleaning and organizing. However in my time relaxing; I found a little inspiration. After flipping through channels trying to find something to watch (Sunday TV is pretty awful) I landed on Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations”. The show has long been a favorite of mine and his book Kitchen Confidential single handedly sparked my interest in food and cooking. So it is no surprise that when watching a re-run of an old episode which featured him cooking in the line of the French restaurant that prompted his career (Les Halles)I immediately felt inspired to make something that would be found on said menu. I went with a tried and true favorite; Steak Au Poivre. As a side; I roasted some potatoes and carrots with a little rosemary and I must admit I was quite happy with the results. I hope you are all enjoying your Sunday, and wish you a fantastic New Year filled with blessings, peace and most importantly; health:)




sirloin steaks
1 cup coarse black pepper
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup minced shallots
1 clove of garlic, peeled
1/4 cup brandy
1 cup demi-glace
1/4 cup heavy cream

Season the steaks with salt. With a small knife, spread a tablespoon of mustard on one side. Pack the pepper into the steak. Turn the steaks over and repeat. In a large skillet, over medium heat, add the oil. When the oil is hot, add the steaks and sear for 4 to 5 minutes on each side. Remove the steaks from the pan. Add the shallots and garlic to the pan. Saute for 15 seconds. Carefully add the brandy and flame. Add the demi-glace, cream and mustard. Mix well. Bring the liquid to a simmer and cook for 1 minute and voila!


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