Monday, April 28, 2014

Vegetables wrapped in beef with soy marmalade ginger sauce

Another quick, easy and yummy recipe!

Here I used green beans, enoki mushrooms, and garlic stems, but you can also use other vegetables like asparagus, zucchini, etc, as long as they are easy to be wrapped in thinly sliced beef and do not get watery when they are cooked.

Great as nibbles on their own, or it can be served as the main dish with a bowl of rice. These are also suitable for bento box since they stay yummy even when they are no longer warm.

<Styling / スタイリング>
- I knew I wanted to use this white, rectangular plate that I made myself for this recipe. Therefore, I chose the dark wood texture for the table to make contrast with the plate.
- Since there are lots of greens in the main dish, in the sauce, and the plant used in the prop, I decided to use red paper as an accent. The paper has green and blue dots in it, so it still compliments the greens in the photo, as well as the blue stripe of the plate.
- glasses with cold sake in them were used as drinks to give the photo a fresh spring/summer atmosphere, and also to suggest that the main dish goes well with alcohol.
- 自分で作ったこの白いお皿を使いたいと決めていたので、お皿とコントラストを付けるために、ダークなウッドのテクスチャを土台として使うことにしました。
- お肉の中身も、ソースにも、小物で使うことにした葉にもグリーンの色があるため、それが映えるよう、赤をアクセントとして使いました。この赤い紙には、グリーンとブルーが入っているため、写真全体の色味と、またお皿にあるブルーのストライプともマッチしています。
- ドリンクには、冷酒を入れたグラスを使い、初夏を思わせる雰囲気にしました。また、お酒と合うレシピだということも醸し出しました。

<Ingredients> Serves 1 person
- 7 pieces of thinly sliced beef
- 1 oz (28g) enoki mushrooms
- 4 stalks garlic stem
- 1oz (28g) green beans
- 1tbs olive oil
- pinch of salt & pepper
- 1 tbs Japanese sake

<Sauce ingredients>
- 1 tbs soy sauce
- 1 tbs orange marmalade
- 1 tbs grated ginger
- 1 stalk green onion (chopped)

<How to cook>
1) Place the thinly sliced beef in a bowl. Mix with sake, salt, and pepper.

2) microwave or steam the garlic stem and green beans til they are slightly tender on the outside ( we will cook them later in a frying pan, so they do not need to be throughly cooked). Cut them so that each piece is about the same width as the thinly sliced beef.

3) Carefully take each piece of beef and spread it flat. Wrap each piece with enoki, green beans, or garlic stem.

4) Combine all the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl and mix well. Place it in a small sauce dish.

5) Put olive oil in a frying pan. Cook 3) at medium heat til the inside of the beef wrap is slightly rare. Place them on a serving plate.

If it is hard to find thinly sliced beef in your neighborhood, a beef steak can be placed in a freezer til it is hard enough to slice it with a knife ( almost like sorbet texture).


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