Ricky Murray

Cooking good food on a budget and full flavours


December 2015

Mincemeat puff pastry star

Christmas is here! Good food is upon us and here is an easy and cheap mincemeat idea for the table.

1 packet of ready roll puff pastry

1x 400g jar of mincemeat

1 egg beaten


Pre-heat oven to 210c (gas 7).

Lightly flour a work surface then unwrap the pastry. Get a 9 inch dinner plate and make sure you will be able to cut two rounds of pastry out, if not then slightly roll out the pastry until you can. Cut two rounds out then place one on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Spread the mincemeat over the one on the baking tray leaving a 1/2cm gap around the edge. Place the other one on top then brush around the edge with the beaten egg. Place the other pastry round on top and nip slightly around the edges to seal. Place a 1cm pastry cutter in the middle (this is just a guide so don’t push it down). Cut the pastry into quarters up to the pastry cutter in the middle to leave a gap in the middle and then cut them quarters in half then cut them in half like you do a pizza but leaving the gap in the middle (see pictures below). Now carefully take one of the pieces and twist it over twice then place back down and repeat until you have done them all. Brush with the beaten egg then into the oven of the middle shelf to cook. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown and risen.





Beef steak and peppercorn sauce

Checking the reduced section came up trumps for tea tonight! two 8oz sirloin steaks £4…. bargain! You could have cut this steak with a spoon.

2 steaks the cut of your choice (I used sirloin because it was reduced)

1/2 onion, diced

3oz mushrooms, diced

4tbsp double cream

2tbsp whole black peppercorns

1 pint of gravy made from granules


knob of butter

2tbsp vegetable oil


Add oil and butter to a pan over a medium heat. Next add the onions, mushrooms along with a pinch of salt then fry for 4-5 minutes until soft. Pour in the gravy and stir well. Now grind the peppercorns but not into a dust try to just break them up then add almost all of them to the sauce leaving about 1/2tsp for the steak and stir well. Leave to simmer for 6-7 minutes. Season the steak with salt, pepper and oil on both sides. Put a frying pan over a high heat for a minute then add the steaks and sear on both sides for 1 minute. Turn the heat down to medium and cook the steak how you like yours (I did mine for 3 minutes on each side for medium) then leave to rest on a wire rack for 2 minutes. Just before serving add the cream to the sauce then stir well. Serve with anything you feel like I had chips.

*always look for fat marbling when choosing steak as it cooks down and doesn’t turn chewy*




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