Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Steak and Mushrooms

Many of my compatriots from home enjoy a good steak, and since most of us come from relatively well-to-do families, do get to have it fairly easily. Once on their own studying here in London however, they tend to cut back on expenses as living costs are high. Even so, thanks to Sainsbury's Basics, they can still get to eat steak occasionally.

So you could imagine my disappointment when I learnt that Sainsbury's discontinued the Basics Frying Steaks a few months ago. A member of staff told me that they are a seasonal item for summer barbecues, but I remembered eating these in the dead of winter. Perhaps she was mistaken.

You could also imagine my elation when I discovered that these were available once again in more recent times. This time round, I told myself, I will not miss the opportunity to document this, lest it goes away again. Since I was not very hungry I just decided to have a couple of large mushrooms to go with the steak. It is common in cheap British cafe restaurants, or "greasy spoons", to further supplement this with a fried egg, a grilled tomato, and chips.

Cooking is simple and shall only be described in pictures. Take care not to cook the steak for too long, as it gets done very quickly.

A nice thing about frying steaks is that if you do not mind having to clean up the kitchen afterwards, as noted above, they cook very quickly, and so they can be a very quick convenient meal for busy people. The steak comes from a cut of beef that doesn't appear exceptionally tender or flavourful, but for steak, it is very affordable.

Price per UnitNo. of servingsTrade-up PremiumTrade-up Benefits
Frying Steaks£6.77/kg3-4 steaks+£2.14/kgMore regularly shaped steaks, better cuts of beef?

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