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Monday, February 14, 2011

Steak with Mushroom Red Wine Sauce, Sweet Corn Puree & Duck Fat Chips - Ryan Cooks

        It's been a while since Ryan has cooked for me and even longer since I've posted about him doing so. The last post on Ryan cooking was when he made the loin of lamb with broad beans. It's nice to know he doesn't need some overcomercialised day in the calendar to spoil me ;). He's working tonight anyway so there is no romantic dinner for two or anything 'special'. We did catch up for afternoon tea before he went to work as we usually would, and watched all the male species of the world queue up at the florist for last minute roses/flowers.

        I did bake him some cupcakes as a 'Valentine' present yesterday. I would have baked them either way just to cheer him up a bit from the weekend's events. Oh and to think I knew everything there was to know after 10 and a half years, I only recently discovered his favourite cake as a kid was banana cake, especially the cream cheese frosting. No wonder he absolutely demolished my hummingbird cake! So I whipped up a batch of banana cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and had some frosted especially for him. He absolutely loved them! =)

        If you've followed me for a while you'll know that I love watching Ryan in the kitchen. Look at the concentration =). I had absolutely no idea what he was going to cook for me before he showed up at my place a few weeks ago. He just said 'beef'. I spied Matt Moran's book which I bought for him in his car on the weekend, which I can safely assume is where he got his inspiration from (he would have taken it to go shopping with).

        I thought I would get away without having to lift a finger in the kitchen but I have to help him peel the potatoes. The peeler which we use at home is not to his liking, but it's one that I am used to using.

Lurveee sweet corn!

        Cooking the corn in milk and cream, was wondering what the white streaks are in the top left corner and realised I must have taken this while he was seasoning it with salt =D.

        He wanted to make some fat chips and I remembered that I had some duck fat in the freezer (saved from when I made duck a l'orange (backlogged post) so I pulled it out so he could fry the potatoes in it.

Blender, best kitchen applicance next to the food processer.

Ryan frying the fat chips in the duck fat - YUMM.

Steaks resting.

Mmm corn puree!

He makes a mushroom and red wine sauce to go with the steak.

And dinner is served!

        The steak was nice and pink. Ryan said he was a little disappointed by the quality of the steaks he was given at the local butchers but I was totally happy with it. I loved all the flavours on the plate.

        The potato chips were really tasty straight out of the pan but quickly lost their crispiness. He was meant to finish them off in the oven but we ran out of time - too hungry to wait!

        Being a pair of sweet tooth's that we are we got the munchies later that night so decided to whip up some dessert. I've had a hankering for a souffle for a while and was about to give up when I discovered my electric beater had still not been returned but Ryan volunteered to whisk the egg whites by hand. It was all very impromptu and made up as we went along but I can say that we had Nutella and corn infused cream/milk (from the corn puree) in this souffle (was originally meant to be white chocolate & grand marnier, but the white chocolate didnt melt properly and we actually ran out of milk).
        It turned out to be the most spectacular looking souffle that we have made so far and the flavour of it, well I can say it was very interesting. It was not too sweet, and a little nutty according to Ryan. The souffle stood for what seemed like forever before it started deflating ever so slowly. We were mightly impressed, and even did a bit of a high five =D.

20 comments:

chocolatesuze said...

man i LOVE fresh corn off the cob! theyre like nubbins of sunshine :D your souffle looks perfect!

lateraleating said...

Steak, creamed corn and duck fat chips, yum! It's so cool to whip up a spontaneous dessert, especially when it turns out as gorgeous as your souffle.

penny aka jeroxie said...

both of you are so sweet! :)

mademoiselle délicieuse said...

Nawww...I wish my husband would cook for me! He does do all my dishes so I can't complain =p

And that is seriously one tall souffle! I haven't even ventured into making one of those yet.

muppy said...

Looks like an amazing soufflé, and that dinner looks great, I feel like steak now!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Well done Ryan! :D And that souffle is just perfectly risen-you don't get much better than that!

foodie-central said...

Aww... Ryan's so sweet and that's one great looking souffle!

Tina@foodboozeshoes said...

Love your perfect souffle! I still haven't garnered the courage to attempt one yet. One day.... one day...

Maria said...

Lucky! My partner has never cooked a meal for me! :-D

Von said...

:) I've never made souffle before, but it sounds awesome that you made it up as you went along! The dinner looks delicious too! Sounds like a perfect valentines day! :)

Richard Elliot said...

Ahhh, showing your love with food. How romantic!

Much more impressive than my valentines meal, although we did go lobster crazy on 15th

Ellie (Almost Bourdain) said...

THAT Souffle is impressive! Furthermore it's whisked by hand. Big thumb up to Ryan for this fantastic dinner.

sugarpuffi said...

nawwwwwww too sweet on the cupcakes! and whoa 10.5 whopping years?! thats amazing! @_@

and your souffle is like mad perfect

Wendy @ Obesebaby said...

how luck you are, those duck fat chips are to die for, hand cut and freshly fry. reminds me of those one in Sean's kitchen.

jenius said...

OMG, that souffle was whipped by hand?!?! Whoa! Impressive meal too Ryan! You guys are so cute! ;)

Georgia said...

Wow, duck fat chips, just wow!

Gastronomy Gal said...

how sweet- I can't believe the souffle. good one. and duck fat chips- yummmm. P.S you need to get one of those quick peelers- they are awesome. I used to like the other style but am totally converted now.

Forager @ The Gourmet Forager said...

Wow. So many goodies - duck fat chips, corn puree and that steak (it looks good at least). You're a lucky spoilt girl!

Dolly said...

geeees ur BF has SKIIILLL ..

SOOO JEALOUS!

Susan Bennett said...

Always good to see young people eating heart smart.