Tasty tom yum-style broth

One of my favourite ways to cook is to take a look at what I have in the house and design a recipe around it. This was an easy one. I had this fantastic new Tom Yum paste from the Tesco Ingredient range, so decided to make a soup using it.

Versatile Tom Yum paste from the Tesco Ingredients range

I added it to stock and opened up some tins that I found in the cupboard for vegetable content. Then I quickly seared a piece of pave rump which I’d defrosted, sliced it and added to the broth. It is truly delicious, hot and sour and the steak is beautifully tender.

The delicious broth with the rare steak

Serves 2

1 litre chicken stock

4 shallots, chopped

2 large tsps of chopped fresh ginger

2 handfuls of kaffir lime leaves

Juice of 1 lime

1 tsp palm sugar

3 tsps of Tesco Tom Yum paste

Half a tin of beansprouts

Half a tin of sweetcorn

Half a tin of water chestnuts

1 pave rump steak

Place the stock in a pan on the stove and add the lime leaves, ginger, lime leaves, palm sugar and chopped shallots. Stir in the Tom Yum paste. Simmer on very low for at least half an hour. You can make this way in advance, the flavours of the stock will only improve with time.

Turn the stock up and add the drained beansprouts, sweetcorn and water chestnuts and simmer.

Heat a frying pan to very hot and add the steak, frying for about 2 mins on each side. Remove and slice. The steak should be very rare.

Rare pave rump steak sliced ready to serve in the broth

Dish up the broth and add the slices of steak. Push them down into the broth so they continue cooking.

Spicy pork wraps with Mole sauce

I’m continuing my series of recipes using special ingredients from different supermarkets. Today it’s Mole sauce from  Tesco. Mole sauce (pronounced Mol-ay) is a dark red or brown sauce from Mexico that’s generally served over meat. There are a few different varieties, based around one main ingredient – chillies, but basically it’s a mix of lots of different spices, nuts, vegetables and chocolate and pretty time consuming and complicated to make. So it’s fabulous that you can simply pop a little jar into your basket the next time you are in Tesco.

I decided on a fajita-style dish with lots of goodies wrapped in tortillas along with the pork steaks which I brushed generously with the Mole, fried and then sliced up thin to lay down the middle of the tortillas. Use your imagination and think of different stuffings, depending on your taste. This combination is just perfect though and the whole dish took about half an hour to prepare and cook! A real flavour sensation.

The tortillas and the fresh fillings

Serves 2

1 onion

300k pork steaks

2 tomatoes

1 avocado

100g of roast peppers

2 tortillas

About a quarter of a lettuce, thinly sliced

Slice the onion into long strips and fry on low for about 20 minutes.

Add the pork steaks to the pan, turn the heat up and brown on one side. Turn over to do the same on the other side and smear a large tsp of mole sauce onto the first side.

Turn over again and spoon a second tsp onto the second side. Turn down the heat and cook for about 10 minutes in the sauce.

Meantime get the rest of your fillings ready by chopping the tomatoes and peppers, slicing the lettuce and mashing the avocado. Place each one in a separate dish.

Build up your tortilla by layering the different ingredients down the middle like in these pictures.

Start layering with the pork, onion and sauce

Next add the peppers, tomato and avo

And finally, the lettuce. Then roll up and tuck in.

Mole

This recipe was a real success in my house…and one that’s got to go onto our list of favourites. You’ll love it.