Beef & Broccoli

I’ve been cooking impromptu meals for friends and relatives quite often recently.  No disasters to speak of but a few meals to be proud of.  So that’s nice.

On each occasion someone has usually asked if the recipe is on my blog and I’ve blushed (still very shy about talking about blogging in the “real” world) and said yes or no.  Surprisingly often, I’ve had to say no and I think I know why.  I tend to get excited about writing up new recipes that I’ve tried and loved in recent days/weeks and forget that I’ve never posted some of our home’s staple dishes.  So, starting here, I shall begin to rectify this situation…

Beef and Broccoli.  Let me begin rather negatively by telling you that I’m soooooo fed up of cooking this dish, I can hardly be bothered typing up the recipe.  It is, however, D’s very favourite dish of recent months and even though I huff whenever he requests it, I gobble it up happily once it’s made.  And it doesn’t take very long to make at all.

Beef & Broccoli

(serves 2)

Ground nut oil or similar (not olive oil)

250g rump steak, sliced as thinly as your parents’ horribly blunt knife will let you

1 tblspn chopped ginger

2 garlic cloves, chopped

1 head of broccoli, cut into small florets

For sauce:

1 tblspn sesame oil

2 tblspn oyster sauce

2 tblspn soy sauce

1 tblspn vinegar

1 tblspn sugar

50ml stock or water

  • Mix the sauce ingredients together.  Set aside.  Chop the beef and broccoli.  Cook your rice.  The next part will only take 5 mins.
  • Heat a splash of oil in a wok over a high heat.  Add the beef and stir fry for 30 seconds until browned.  Remove from pan.
  • Add another splash of oil, if required.  Add the garlic and ginger to the wok and cook for 10 seconds.  Add the broccoli and toss well.
  • Add the seared beef back to the wok along with the sauce and cook for 2=3 minutes, tossing often.  The broccoli should still have a bite to it.
  • Serve with rice.

13 thoughts on “Beef & Broccoli

  1. I know exactly how you feel…the staples! Why aren’t they blog-able? Of course they are.

    (And how is it that we both still manage to do that…i.e. um and ah and get embarrassed about telling people we have blogs? I met someone the other day who is head of digital media in a big Ad agency the other day and someone else in the group told her about my blog…) xx

  2. I always sort of shudder and make awkward faces when my blogging comes up. Maybe I’m just mortified at being caught out thinking I have something interesting to say. I don’t know what it is. What is it? Oh and I laughed out loud about your parents’ knives. The knives at my parents’ house are so dull that they’re a major hazard. And all sharpened so amateurishly over the years that they’re worn to short little stumps.
    Anyway, this looks like a seriously good staple, and very blog-able! Really why don’t I write up “chicken in wine sauce” or “gingered pork” or any of the other staples I grew up on and still cook and love.
    xo A

  3. I’m the same. There are so many dishes we eat on a regular basis that I’ve never blogged, partly because I can’t get excited about them (even though I love eating them once made). The beef and broccoli looks great and a perfect mid-week meal.

  4. There are people in my life that I am quite happy to talk about my blog with but they are in the minority – I get most embarrassed by people who know the blog and tell me how much they rave to others about it – now that makes me worry what they say!

    As for common recipes – I keep thinking I have done them all and then I remember another favourite that has never come within cooee of the blog – I know what you mean about getting sick of recipes but familar ones are also relaxing because you don’t need to concentrate so much

  5. I definitely have that feeling. There are many dishes I make that I can’t really post, even though others like them. Usually there is nothing unique or fantastic about them. But, your beef and broccoli looks very exciting. I am especially interested in your sauce. Looks yummy.

  6. I am loving reading the comments – it is true, it is embarrassing to be “discovered” in “the real world”. But also a very nice compliment.

    I agree, I think bloggers should post their staple recipes! I have been trying to do this also, and those recipes are the ones that get the most approving comments!

    This is a nice and simple dish, but oh so good!

  7. The staples don’t for some reason feel exciting enough do they, for blogging? When it’s actually exactly that kind of food which I think other people find the most interesting. I can see why this one is a staple, so simple and yet such a lot of flavour in there. I’m looking forward to reading about more of your staples.

  8. Please post the daily meals. One wouldn’t marry (I hope) only someone who has wooed and wowed them with the fanciest, most contrived dates, but instead has experienced errands to post offices and drugstores – to experience how the other is in the presence of the mundane. Beef and broccoli is a favorite here.

  9. The staples are the best meals to blog about, I think, as they’re more likely to be tried out by slightly timid cooks of the world (such as myself!). I can definitely see why this would be D’s favourite; it looks delicious!

  10. Nice stir fry. Simple but looks very tasty; which is just what a staple dish should be!

    I had that awkward real world moment when my colleagues asked why I was buying a fancy new camera – “oh it’s for… you know… hill walking, pictures of the cat… and… er… I occasionally take pictures of food I’ve cooked and write about it online…”

    And like everyone else I fear for my fingers every time I have to use my Mum’s knives. It doesn’t matter how many times you explain that a sharp knife is safer they just don’t believe you.


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