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Side shows March 22, 2010

Filed under: Veggies — dashingdiva @ 10:51 pm

Those who know me know that I make a mean steak =p But I’m always stumped with what should go with it. It’s like here we have the diva, the star, the steak, you need side dishes that matches up with it right? I usually make a mash but mashes are so so…kampong, hmm ok kampong kakis don’t eat potatoes, ok so country. It turns my otherwise fine dining dish into pub food.

SO, here’re some side shows that caught my eye. As always, there’re easy to make (you don’t want to be fussing over side dishes, afterall they’re just back-up singers)

Cauliflower Gratin

prep time: 10mins; cooking time: 40mins


1 large cauliflower (1.3kg)

50g butter

1/4 plain flour (40g)

2 cups tasty cheddar, grated (220g)


1. Preheat oven to 180C fan forced. Cook the cauliflower in a large saucepan of boiling water (3-4mins) or until just tender. Transfer to bowl of iced water (to stop the cooking). Drain well and allow to dry.

2. Melt butter in medium saucepan. Whisk in flour, cook over low-medium heat, stirring occassionally for 3-5mins. Don’t allow mixture to brown.

3. Slowly whisk in the milk until smooth, bring to a low simmer then stir over low heat for 8-10mins until sauce thickens and is smooth. Mix in 1 cup cheese until melted & smooth. Season with salt & pepper.

4. Place cauliflower in an even layer in a large ovenproof dish, drizzle the sauce over the cauliflower. Sprinkle remaining cheese & bake for 15-20mins until pale golden on top.

Fresh Green Beans with Pan Fried Mushrooms

Prep & cook time: 10mins


Olive oil

1/2 small brown onion, thinly sliced

1 clove garlic, chopped

300cup mushrooms, quartered

500g green beans, ends trimmed

1 tsp fresh thyme chopped


1. Heat oil in large frying pan over medium heat. Cook onion for 2-3mins to soften. Add garlic and mushrooms, cook for 5-6mins until soften & lightly browned.

2. Cook green beans briefly in boiling water (2-3mins) or until it turns a vibrant gree

3. Remove beans and add to mushroom with the thyme. Season with salt & pepper.