Peppercorn Sauce for steak #low-carb

plate with steak and peppercornsauceThis week, I tried a cooking method I’ve never used before—low cooking. For those unfamiliar with the term, low cooking can be used for tender cuts of meat. You sear it in a pan and then place in an oven at a very low temperature and cook for a long time.

It differs from slow cooking in that slow cooking is usually used for tougher cuts of meat and involves liquid. I used the low cooking technique to cook a ribeye steak we got from Donald Russell. If you live in the UK and buy certain magazines or Sunday newspapers, a Donald Russell flier will have fallen out of them at some point.

True cost of meat

‘Donald Russell’ is a farm in Inverurie (Aberdeenshire) which supplies many top end restaurants and Balmoral with meat and fish. I can vouch that the quality of the produce is superb. It is also stonkingly expensive, but that will reflect the true cost of meat especially if you want to buy meat that comes from animals that have lived a life as close to the one they are supposed to. If (and that’s a big if) my writing career ever makes me decent money, this will be the only meat I buy.

Anyway, I cooked the steak for three minutes all-in on a high heat and then popped it in the oven at 80 degrees C for 35 minutes, and served it with peppercorn sauce and salad (and fried potatoes for my carb-loving husband). Here’s the peppercorn sauce recipe. It isn’t the classic one as I find fiddling around with sauce recipes too much to resist. The sauce has about 5g of carbs per serving.

Peppercorn Sauce for Steak

  • Servings: 2-3
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 50g butter
  • 1tbsp peppercorns, crushed
  • 50ml brandy or white wine
  • 1tsp wholegrain mustard
  • 100ml beef or chicken stock
  • 50ml cream (I used crème fraiche as I had some left over, double cream or sour cream will work too)
  1. Melt the butter in a pan and add the onions. Fry gently until softened—about three to five minutes.
  2. Add the pepper, mustard, garlic and mix well. Add the brandy or white wine and bring to a simmer. Cook for three minutes and add the beef or chicken stock. Cook for another three minutes.
  3. Reduce the heat and add the cream and stir through until thickened. Serve with steaks or chicken. Or use it to make a sublime vegetable side dish.

Have you used the low cooking technique before and what’s your favourite sauce to serve with steak?

Diet doctor: Naan Bread

Naan bread is one of the things many of us miss when having a curry. While meat and vegetable curries lend themselves very easily to low carb eating, you can’t say the same for Naan Bread.  So it’s great to see a recipe for this first published in diet doctor and which came to my attention from our reader Shirley Yates who has her own low carb cooking blog.

 

Low Carb Naan Bread!
Published on June 21, 2017
Two pieces is only 3 net carbs!
Ingredients

¾ cup coconut flour
2 tablespoons ground psyllium husk powder
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
6¾ tablespoons melted coconut oil
2 cups boiling water
coconut oil, for frying
sea salt
Garlic butter

3½ oz. butter
1 – 2 garlic cloves, minced
Instructions
Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. Add oil and then boiling water and stir thoroughly.
Allow to rise for five minutes. The dough will turn firm fairly quickly, but stay flexible. It should resemble the consistency of Play-Doh. If you find it’s too runny then add more psyllium husk until it feels right. The amount needed may vary depending on what brand of husk or coconut flour you use.
Divide into 6 or 8 pieces and form into balls that you flatten with your hands directly on parchment paper or on the kitchen counter.
Fry rounds in coconut oil over medium heat until the Naan turn a nice golden color.
Heat the oven to 140°F (70°C) and keep the bread warm while you make more.
Melt the butter and stir in the freshly squeezed garlic. Apply the melted butter on the bread pieces using a brush and sprinkle flaked salt on top.
Pour the rest of the garlic butter in a bowl and dip pieces of bread in it.
Recipe taken from The Diet doctor: https://www.dietdoctor.com/recipes/low-carb

Yummy Lummy: Red hot chicken wings

These carry an Australian Government caution!

https://yummylummy.com/2018/01/06/super-hot-spicy-chicken-wings/#comments

Super hot and spicy chicken wings made with ground Queensland nuts, smoked almonds, iodised salt, black peppercorns, smoked paprika, dried mixed herbs, bird’s eye chillies, and chilli flakes.
• 8 Chicken wings
• 1 Handful Queensland nuts
• 1/2 Handful Smoked almonds
• 1 Tablespoon Iodised salt flakes
• 1 Tablespoon Whole black peppercorns
• 1 Tablespoon Smoked paprika
• 1 Tablespoon Dried mixed herbs
• 2 Dried bird’s eye chillies
• 1 Tablespoon Chilli flakes
• 2 Handfuls Shredded kale
• 1 Packet Coleslaw
• 1 Tablespoon French mustard
• 100 mL Pouring cream
1. In a coffee grinder, grind Queensland nuts, smoked almonds, iodised salt, black peppercorns, smoked paprika, dried mixed herbs, bird’s eye chillies, and chilli flakes.
2. Rub this into the skin of eight chicken wings.
3. Roast for 1 hour at 150 °C.

Nancyelle’s low carb pizza

JIM NEDVED’S TAKE ON NANCYELLE’S LOW-CARB PIZZA
WITH EGG, CHEESE & HERB CRUST.   This is a Neved family favourite which is
delicious, and avoids the excess moisture of cauliflower crusts.  You will need parchment or silicone liner and a pizza pie dish with perforations to allow steam to escape.                          

THIN AND CRISPY PIZZA CRUST

8 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
(reserve a bit of cheese for sprinkling top, for final 4-5 minute broil)
4 eggs
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon basil, optional

OTHER INGREDIENTS

 Store-bought spaghetti sauce (lowest sugar content you can find) or use tomato paste.

A bit of olive oil

Toppings of your choice such as:

 Mushrooms
Onions (sliced)
Peppers (all colors, chopped fairly large)
Italian sweet sausage (raw)
Pepperoni (sliced at store for pizza)

pic of pizza tin used for cheese-egg crust pizza (use w parchment paper)


First, p
re-bake crust:  Mix the cheeses, eggs, garlic powder & basil well. Line 16-inch perforated pizza pan with parchment paper. Evenly spread cheese mixture on parchment, almost to edge of pan, making it as thin as possible. Bake with oven rack in center position at 450 for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. I suggest checking it after about 10 minutes. If it’s getting very dark on the edges and top, turn the oven down to 400 and continue baking until brown all over and no longer pale on the bottom. Pat off any excess grease.  Let cool a few minutes.  Spread on a 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce with spatula.

pic of cheese-egg pizza crust

Cook toppings – while they’re hot, you’ll top the pre-baked crust with them: Using 2 separate fry pans (1) cook Italian sausage, add pepperoni & warm, then put onto pre-baked crust which has sauce already on it; (2) in other fry pan, sauté in olive oil your mushrooms, peppers & onions till as done as you want when you eat them; then put onto pizza, on top of meat.  NOW INTO THE OVEN FOR A SHORT BROIL:  Sprinkle cheese you’ve reserved on top.  Keeping oven rack in center position, put in pizza (which already has all the hot ingredients on it) under the broiler until topping cheese & pre-cooked ingredients are bubbly, about 4-5 minutes.

Enjoy!

Makes 8 servings
Can be frozen

Nancyelle’s recipe was posted at LowCarbFriends®, a registered mark of Netrition, Inc.
On April 5, 2018, Low Carb Friends’ management announced that LCF’s forums would be permanently shut down.

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Koolaidmom: Moroccan Chicken in the slow cooker

Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken
• Servings: 6-8
• Time: 5 minutes prep. 6-8 hours on low
• Difficulty: easy

Ingredients:
• 3-4 lbs. split chicken breasts
• 2 tablespoons butter
• 1/2 onion, diced
• 2 teaspoons cumin
• 1 teaspoon turmeric
• 1/2 teaspoon coriander
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
• 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
• 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
• 4 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 2 cups chicken stock
• 1 cup dried apricots, roughly chopped

Directions:
1. Optional: In a large skillet over medium heat melt butter. Add chicken to pan and brown on both sides. Remove chicken to bowl of slow cooker. Add onions to pan and cook until softened. Add onions to bowl of slow cooker. This will add more flavor to the dish but if you wish you can add chicken and onions to bowl of slow cooker without cooking. (My comment: doing this really makes a difference to the appearance and flavour of this dish)
2. Sprinkle cumin, turmeric, coriander, cinnamon, cardamom, Cayenne pepper, powdered ginger, garlic, and salt over the chicken. Pour the chicken stock over the chicken and cook on high 5-6 hours. After 3 hours add the apricots.
3. Once cooked through remove the chicken and shred if desired.

Angela Coleby: Rosemary Goats Cheese crackers

Goats Cheese Rosemary Crackers – 2 Net Carbs
Published on July 13, 2017 at Shirley Yates low carb food blog.

These delicious goats cheese crackers are flavoured with fresh rosemary and make a great gluten free and low carb cracker to have alongside with a dip.

Course: Appetizer
Servings: 12 Crackers
Author: Angela Coleby
Ingredients
1/2 cup (56g) coconut flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
4 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons Rosemary, fresh
6oz (168g) Goats cheese.

Instructions
Put all ingredients into a food processor and blitz until smooth.
Spoon the mixture onto a piece of parchment paper, then place another piece on top. Gently roll out the dough until about 1 cm thick.
Cut out with a cookie cutter or shape by hand.
Place onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
Bake for 18-20 minutes until firm and golden.
Allow to cool or place in the fridge overnight for best results.
Recipe Notes
Makes 12 crackers
Nutritional Info per cracker – 99 Calories, 8g Fat. 4g Protein, 4g Total Carbs, 2g Fibre, 2g Net Carbs

Slow Cooker Sugar-free Pulled Pork

can of diet coke on The Diabetes DietRegular readers will know—I’m upfront about my addiction to a certain fizzy drink. I have, however, never cooked with it before*.

Fair enough. Why would I? I’ve seen recipes that use the regular version for glazing ham or even chocolate cakes. I did try something this weekend though, using the sugar-free kind. I love pulled pork—it’s the most flavoursome thing you can do with the meat. It’s cheap, easy and a crowd-pleaser. I’ve yet to meet anyone who’s tried it and didn’t love it.

Most recipes quote quite a bit of sugar in the sauces for pulled pork. My version uses a big fat zero, unless you include the natural sugars in onions and tomatoes. Try it and see!

Slow Cooker Sugar-Free Pulled Pork

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1.5-2kg pork shoulder
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 can diet cola
  • 3 tbsp hot smoked paprika
  • One small onion, finely chopped
  • 100ml cider vinegar
  • 1tbsp rape seed or olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • Salt and pepper

Cut the skin off the pork shoulder. Slice into strips and put it in the fridge. This will make your crackling.

Heat a wok or large frying pan and add the pork shoulder. Sear all over. Place in your slow cooker and top with boiling water. Mix in two tablespoons of the paprika and cook on slow for 10 to 12 hours.

Half an hour before the pork finishes cooking, heat your oven to 200 degrees. Mix the pork strips with a little salt and half a tablespoon of the paprika. Place on a wire rack over a tray and cook at the top of the oven.

Make the sauce 15 to 20 minutes before you want to serve your pork. Blend the onion, tomatoes and garlic together and add half a tablespoon of paprika. Heat the oil in a saucepan and add the tomato mix with the vinegar and the diet cola. Bring to the boil turn to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes. The sauce should be a little thicker, and smooth.

Remove the pork from the slow cooker, place in a rectangular dish and use two large forks to shred. Add the sauce and mix well. You’ll need plenty of salt and pepper.

Serve with the crackling and home-made coleslaw.

About 5g carbs per portion.

 

 

*Partly thanks to those conspiracy theories that went round in the 90s about Gulf War Syndrome.