Saturday, 19 April 2014

A tasty twist to a classic

Here is the second recipe to come out of the Gousto box I received for review. You can see the Introduction Post to see what Gousto is all about and also the first recipe we tried out Crunchy Chicken Cashew Stir Fry .

The second recipe I chose from the website was Rump Steak, Creamy Leek Mash and Honey Roasted Carrots. David loves steak but we always just have it with salad, chips or jacket potato, so I was looking forward to trying it in a different way. I'm also not a huge fan of leeks so I wanted to give them a try in a different way. This recipe uses 6 simple ingredients so its not over complicated and my Gousto box provided all the necessary ingredients to make this delicious meal.

2 x 150g Rump Steaks
300g of Potatoes
300g of Carrots
1 Leek
Half a teaspoon of Ground Cinnamon
1 Mini pot of Honey

Its a really easy recipe to follow and take about 30 minutes to prepare, each portion contains 496 calories.
The flavours are really simple to enable to great original taste of the ingredients to shine. The butter in the mash finishes it of perfectly and the meat juices make a perfect sauce for the steak.


  • Preheat your oven to 220 degrees for the carrots.
  • Peel the carrots, cut in half and then chop into pieces about 3cm wide.
  • Place carrots on an oven proof tray and coat well in the honey and cinnamon, bake for 20 minutes.
  • Boil a kettle for your potato pan
  • Cut your potatoes in to roughly 5cm chunks and add them to the pot of boiling water, cook for about 15 minutes.
  • Cut your leeks in half and give them a good rinse, Slice into pieces.
  • Add the leek to the potato pot about 4 minutes before the potatoes are ready.
  • Once done drain and mash with a tablespoon of butter, cover and set to the side.
  • Season both steaks with salt and pepper and check the carrots
  • Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a pan on a high heat
  • Cook steaks for 1 minutes on each side (or to your own liking)
  • Remove steak from pan  and cover, allow to rest for 2 minutes.
  • Add 100ml of water to the steak pan and scrape the pan whilst stirring well, reduce by half and then remove from heat and ass any juices from the resting meat to the pan sauce.
  • Serve the mash, carrots and steak together and drizzle with pan sauce
  • Enjoy!

What did we think?
It was lovely and so much better than a boring steak and chips! The leeks in the mash gives it a really peppery taste and the pan sauce adds lots of flavour to the steak. We particularly enjoyed the honey roasted carrots, you can really taste the cinnamon in there. Another lovely recipe to keep in our collection, the fact it comes with a card is a bonus as I can hopefully build a big bank of go to recipes.

Need to work on presentation skills!

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I was sent a Gousto Box for the purposes of this review all opinions are my own.

Expressions - Peaceful

I have decided to link up with Actually Mummy this week for the Expressions Linky. Were you can join up a weekly portrait in the expressions gallery.

The photograph I am joining up with this week was taken just last night. David was out at my Dads as he is helping him move house, so I put Cody in bed with me for a snuggle and some company.

He looks so peaceful!! I also noticed how grown up he looks, he turned 3 last month and all his baby features have started to fade away. He gets more independent by the day , which in turn makes me feel OLD.
Hes my youngest, my baby and hes growing up. So to have him in my bed for a night, snuggly like a baby looking really peaceful makes me happy.

Expressions - Actually Mummy...