Let’s do it together…

After having enjoyed the very nice beef stew using the packet of instant mix that my cousin sent me from Australia, I could not wait to try this one…

Beef stroganoff pack

…that I also got from her…and another reason was that I bought a kilo of the New Zealand beef that day and I only used half so I still had the remaining 500 gm. in the freezer. I guess everybody knows by now that I cannot stand seeing anything idling happily in the fridge or freezer or in the pantry. I simply must cook something to use it all up.

Hmmm…it seemed that sour cream would be needed for the dish but I read somewhere that yogurt could be used to replace that so I got myself this…

Yogurt

…and used it instead.

I also read some place that yogurt may be used as a meat tenderiser so I thought I would just give it a try…

Tenderiser

…instead of my usual ways of dealing with tough meat. It did say, however, that I should do it overnight and I only let it stand in the fridge for around two hours. Anyway, I guessed it did not matter much as I sliced the meat (across the grain) very thinly this time unlike the previous occasion when, for the stew, I had them in bite-size chunks.

Ooopsss!!! It said on the packet that I would have to add the sour cream after the cooking had been done and I had turned off the heat…

Here's an idea

Ah well! I told myself that I could just rinse off all the yogurt, the same thing that I did with the papaya leaves that day, so it would not matter much.

It so happened that I had one red capsicum in the fridge and seeing that suggested idea on the packet, I decided to throw that in as well along with the sliced Bombay onion and the canned straw mushrooms…

Added ingredients

…all of which went in after I had heated a little bit of oil and browned the beef. The instant mix, diluted in some water, was next…and I simmered it all for some 15-20 minutes before turning off the heat and adding the yogurt as instructed.

Yes, it was very very nice…

Beef stroganoff

– different from the stew that day but I would say both were nice in their own ways. However, my missus liked this one better as she was not too fond of the strong fragrance of the spices that day.

It so happened that my girl tried baking this focaccia bread with a bit of cheese added…

Mel's focaccia bread with cheese

…that same afternoon and it turned out really great! We had that for dinner and it went perfectly with the beef stroganoff. She also cooked these oven-baked potato wedges following the recipe that she saw in my friend, Elin’s blog. In fact, she already made some that Friday when she came home and we loved it so I suggested that she could do it again and we would all be able to have that as well…

Our dinner

It certainly was a very delightful dinner, albeit a simple one, that evening – we all enjoyed it a lot!