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*