This recipe comes to us from Jenny Jefferies’s wonderful book, For the Love of the Land II, a cookbook that celebrates the farming community and their food. Featuring a collection of stories and recipes from farmers all over the UK, Jenny highlights the important and sometimes challenging work of those who produce our food.
In a world where most people purchase prepackaged food from supermarket shelves, it’s easy to overlook the origins of our meals. Jenny’s book serves as a vital reminder of the lives and landscapes responsible for producing incredible food right here in the UK.
Serves 2 | Prep 10 mins | Cooking 40 mins
1 Yellow Pepper
1 Orange Pepper
2 Red Onions
25g Cherry Tomatoes
1 Clove of Garlic
3 tbsp Olive Oil
1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
2 medium Sirloin Steaks
Salt and Pepper
Preheat the oven to 180°c or Gas Mark 6. Meanwhile, deseed the peppers and cut into wedges, peel the onions and cut into wedges, slice the courgettes into rounds and cut the cherry tomatoes into wedges. Place all the prepared veg except the courgette on a baking tray.
Peel and crush the garlic, juice the lemon and then mix them with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Drizzle this over the vegetables, toss to coat and spread out in an even layer.
Roast the vegetables in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, then remove the tray and add the courgettes along with the remaining olive oil. Roast for a further 15 minutes, drizzle over the balsamic vinegar and then roast the veg for a final 5 minutes.
When the veg is almost done, brush the steaks with a little olive oil and season with black pepper. Heat a large frying pan over a high heat. When the pan is very hot, add the steaks and cook until done to your preference, according to the following timings:
2 minutes on each side for medium-rare
3 minutes on each side for medium
4 minutes on each side for medium well
5 minutes on each side for well done
Transfer the cooked steaks to a plate, then allow them to rest before seasoning to taste and serving with the balsamic roasted vegetables.
Pasture Fed Sirloin Steak