Celebrating my blog turning two and sharing a recipe for a venison steak sandwich.
Wow. I have been hanging with you on this blog for two years. Yeap, two whole years.
Cooking, photographing, eating and telling you about it. Then doing it all over again. How time flies when you are having fun.
So what have I been up to over the last year. Lots, such as………
I’ve found awesome food blogs out there, become part of a supportive blogging community, written a post on how to start a food blog, fell in love with instagram (hello quick snapshots and fun filters), grew my social media by another 5000 followers which meant meeting you lovely readers who take the time to visit the blog and try my recipes. Your comments on my blog mean a lot to me. Thank you for taking the time. Every day I learn something new from one of you.
I’ve developed recipes, and done some food styling and food photography with some really fantastic brands. Seriously exciting. I’ve been featured on the websites of some nationals and large supermarkets, I’ve been published in an online cookbook and shortlisted for a blog award. And just last week I found out that my West African chicken peanut stew was going to be printed in the Guardian’s cook section. It was all an honour.
I guess one of the things that has really helped is taking good pictures thanks to my fab new Canon EOS 700D digital camera and a Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens. So this year I’ve had a huge amount of practice with the help of food photography books such as Tasty Food Photography ebook and Plate to Pixel: Digital Food Photography & Styling. No more photographing things at 8 pm on a Friday evening under the harsh kitchen light. And my prop cupboard is bulging.
And I discovered new ingredients and ways of cooking things. In the last year, I’ve discovered farro, galettes, open faced sandwiches, a million uses for okra and plantains, great tomatoes, and how much I love baharat spice, baked a million muffins then baked another gazillion muffins so that my freezer complained.
On a family note, I spent a glorious 5 weeks hanging with OH and the kiddoes as we travelled in South Africa, then another week up in the Scottish highlands boating, walking, cooking and playing pooh sticks. Then we came back and watched my eldest start school in her super cute school uniform. No crying happened there obviously. Nope.
Just some of the things that made it a great year.
I could just go on but I think I will stop with these words. Thank you for hanging with me and here is to year three.
PS – I celebrated my fantastic year with this loaded venison steak sandwich. This is just a simple garlicky venison steak, dressed with a radish and mustard mayonnaise and some peppery watercress, served between two thick slices of my home baked wholemeal loaf.
Happy birthday me.
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Turning Two and a Venison Steak Sandwich
- 100 g (3.5oz) venison steak
- 1 clove garlic minced
- Olive oil
For the radish mayonnaise
- 1 tbsp mayonnaise
- 1/2 tsp wholegrain mustard
- 4 radishes thinly sliced
For the Sandwich
- 2 slices of bread
- A handful of watercress
Prepare the venison steak.
- Season the steak with garlic, salt and 1 tsp of olive oil and let marinate for 10 mins. Heat oil in a frying pan and fry the steak for about 2-3 min on each side till it is cooked to your preference. Remove the steak from the heat onto a cool plate and let it rest until it cools down.
Prepare the radish mayonnaise.
- Mix the mayonnaise, mustard and salt until combined and then mix in the radishes.
Assemble the sandwich.
- Slice the cooled steak into smaller pieces. Assemble the sandwich starting with a slice of bread, then the radish mayonnaise, venison steak, watercress and second slice of bread. Enjoy.