A simple steak cooked medium rare and crusty french fries and a glass (or two...) of Cotes-du-Rhone will provide the best late winter comfort food for a lazy Sunday. Add a green salad with a nice balsamic and olive oil dressing et voilà!
Finding a good steak in Sydney is not difficult, and even our local Harris Farm shop does a pretty good job at that, without spending an arm, a leg, petrol and Cross City Tunnel toll to shop at Victor Churchill!
The main difficulty resides in getting the right potatoes, the right oil and the right process!
I use organic Dutch Cream potatoes from Harris Farm, Australian Sunflower Oil - Olio Gina - and cut them in long strip, not too thick so they can cook through quite quickly. Heat enough oil in a large pan to cover the potatoes entirely, but not so much as to risk the oil overflowing the pan and put the house on fire!
To test the tewmperature of the oil, just drop one tip of a potato strip into the oil and see if it sizzles, If it does, then the oil if hot enough. Gently pour the potatoes into the oil - the oil will sizzle a lot and risk overflowing then, so be careful. Lreave them to cook for about 3 to 4 mms, then remoce with a metal slotted spoon and into a tray over kitchen paper to drain the oil. Wait a minute or two until the oil regains its temperature and drop the potatoes again into it and let it cook for another 2mns or until golden to your liking/ You would have grilled the steaks separately, which would have taken about the same time if you want them medium rare...
Who said men couldn't multitask ???
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.
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