This month at Belleau Kitchen, Dom has challenged us to make a random recipe from a borrowed book. I borrowed this Kenneth Lo book from my Mother. Published in 1979, it cost £2.50 when it was new. Actually it only has 80 pages and few of the recipes are illustrated, the photo plates being scattered rather sparsely through the book, so I think recipe books now represent better value for money!
The recipe used a whopping 4lb of braising steak - as there are only two of us, I used less than a quarter of that amount, but just halved the quantities of carrots and sauce ingredients or the slow cooking could have left it dry. The only other change I made was out of necessity - I was shopping on a Monday when the local butcher is closed, so instead of buying my beef in a single piece I had to get diced beef from the supermarket.
The verdict? The recipe may be an Oldie, but it's definitely a Goodie. Fragrant, delicious and simple enough for a midweek supper. And I hope my Mum isn't in a hurry to get her book back, I have lots more dishes to try first!