Steak With Lightweight Roast Potatoes and Mushrooms


A couple of weeks again I posted a recipe for valentine day.

I got quite a good response to it.

Today Sunday 28th February I was looking for ideas for Sunday’s tea.

Decide to have Steak and Mushrooms, I’m sharing the recipe I use with you.

It’s the last weekend in summer here in New Zealand, feeling a little sad with the thought of winter ahead.


750-gram piece of well-trimmed sirloin steak, (no fat)

2 teaspoons horseradish cream

2 teaspoons prepared mustard

2 teaspoons brown sugar


1 Tablespoon oil

1 onion, peeled and finely chopped

1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic

1/2 cup port or medium-sweet sherry

2 cups beef stock

4 flat (field mushrooms, chopped

6 button mushrooms, finely sliced

2 teaspoons cornflour

pepper to season


6 small to medium starchy (roasting) Potatoes

1-2 tablespoon olive oil

Preparing The Steak Method:

1. Heat a non-stick frying pan and when very hot add the beef fillet.

Cook quickly over a high heat, browning the fillet evenly on both sides.

Transfer to a board.

2. Mix together the horseradish cream, mustard and brown sugar.

Spread this mixture on the top and bottom of the fillet of steak.

Place on a foil-lined baking tray.

3. Place in a 220c oven, turn down to 200c and cook for 25 mins.

Set aside to rest for 10 minutes, before carving and serving with

Lightweight Roast Potatoes, freshly steamed vegetables and mushrooms.

Preparing Mushrooms Method:

1. Heat the oil in a saucepan and add the onion.

Cook over a moderate heat for 7-10 minutes until the onion is soft, but not colored.

Add the garlic and cook for a further 1 minute.

2. Add the port or sherry and simmer until reduced by half.

Add the beef stock and chopped field mushrooms and simmer until reduced to 1 1/4 cups.

Strain and return to a clean saucepan.

Add the sliced button mushrooms and simmer for 5 minutes.

3. Mix the cornflour with a little water to make a smooth paste and stir into the saucepan.

Simmer for 1-2 minutes until thickened.

Season with pepper before serving.

Lightweight Roast Potatoes Method:

1. Peel the potatoes and place in boiling salted water.

Boil rapidly for 5 minutes.

Drain and return to the saucepan.

Shake the potatoes over the heat to rough up the outside edges.

Alternatively, use a fork to score the outside of the potatoes, so that the edges are rough.

2. Roll the potatoes in the oil so that they are evenly coated and place on a baking tray.

3. Cook at 200c for 15-20 minutes until golden.

Steak Mushroom Sauce

I decided to make a  Mushroom Sauce, didn’t have a nice recipe, I found one on YouTube, will try it, let you know tomorrow what I think of it.It was delicious

It was delicious, worth making, I made it with farm grown mushrooms, I think it makes a difference to what mushrooms you use.

About Triglycerides


Triglycerides sound like some chemical circulating anywhere, other than in a body, it is a lipid that circulates in the bloodstream of a human body, in case you don’t understand, or never heard of it before, I have written an article to explain what triglycerides are.

What are Triglycerides?

It is part of a substance in your body, we all know about cholesterol, but triglycerides get far less publicity. Like  bad cholesterol high levels of triglycerides can spell disaster, but they can be checked with a blood test.

In fact, they’re the most common type of fat found in your blood and an important source of energy, it is a type of fat found in your blood, but  having too many of them could make you more likely to have a heart attack or stroke.

When you eat, your body uses the calories in food to give it energy. Any calories it doesn’t need are turned into triglycerides and stored in fat cells so they can be used later.

What causes high triglycerides?

If you make a habit of eating more calories than you burn off, the amount of triglycerides stored in your body can increase to a high level that may be harmful.

Other causes are:

Drinking a lot of alcohol

Being obese

Have an under-active thyroid

Kidney disease

Having untreated or poorly controlled type 2 diabetes

Side effect of certain medications, including steroids, beta-blockers, breast cancer drug Tamoxifen and the pill

Also, it could be a genetic condition.

Often you don’t know you have high triglycerides levels as they don’t usually cause symptoms.

However if you have any of the above problems, there is a good chance you may have high levels.

You can have a blood test taken after you have gone without food for at least 12 hours, the same as they use to measure cholesterol levels.

The Difference Between High Triglycerides and High Cholesterol

They are both fats found in your blood but while triglycerides give for body energy, cholesterol is used to build cells. Neither of them can dissolve in your blood, so they spend their time traveling around your body and can cause problems if there are too many of them.

High levels of both are considered signs you may be at the risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

How Can You Lower Your Triglycerides Levels

The most important things you can do is make lifestyle changes. Cut down on calories. Exercise regularity. Lose weight. Give sugary and refined foods a miss. Opt for healthy fats, like those found in olive or canola oils. Don’t cut fats out of your diet completely.

Cut back on drinking, there’s a link between alcohol and high triglycerides levels.

Try suitable nutritional supplements. If you don’t eat very much fish, a fish oil supplement can help supply all important omega 3 fatty acids. Meanwhile vitamin B3, also known as niacin, has been shown in some studies to lower triglycerides levels by as much as 50%.

If you find you are unable to improve your triglycerides  levels by changing your lifestyle, your doctor may wish to prescribe medication to try and lower them.

Let’s look after our body and keep our heart beating.

Writers Quote Wednesday – Sir Edmund Hillary


The last rays of sunlight on Mount Everest on May 5, 2007. Photo Credit

Writers Quote Wednesday & BeWow Challenge.

My Quote: “It is not the mountain that we conquer, but ourselves”

Sir Edmund Hillary


Who was Sir Edmund Hillary?

Sir Edmund Percival Hillary (20 July 1919 – 11 January 2008)

He was a New Zealand mountaineer, explorer and philanthropist.

On 29 May 1953, Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay became the first climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

Mount Everest, also known in Nepal as Sagarmāthā and in Tibet as Chomolungma, is Earth‘s highest mountain.  Its peak is 8,848 metres (29,029 ft) above sea level.

Following his ascent of Everest, Hillary devoted most of his life to helping the Sherpa people of Nepal through the Himalayan Trust, which he founded.

He was a very shy man, so I wonder if the above quote made a difference in his life also, I think it did as he had many accomplishments in his life.


A man to this day still has his portrait on the New Zealand five dollar note.

He was named one of the most 100 influential people of the 20th century.

An event I will never forget in 1975, was the death of his wife and daughter.

While on route to join Hillary in the village of Phaphlu, where he was helping to build a hospital, Louise his wife and Belinda their youngest daughter, (only six) were killed in a plane crash near Kathmandu airport shortly after take-off.

He remarried, June Mulgrewin 1989.

He is survived by a daughter and son, Peter Hillary also a climber, summiting Mount Everest in 1990.

In May 2002 Peter climbed Everest as part of a 50th-anniversary celebration.

I think what I consider the most important thing that Sir Edmund Hillary did was the founding of the Himalayan Trust, in 1960 and led it until his death in 2008.

Through his efforts, many schools and hospitals were built in this remote region of the Himalayas.

A man who not only conquered a mountain, but a name to be remembered worldwide.

He had a state funeral on 22 January 2008

Sharing Love Nations Wide


100-Word Photo Challenge

This photo speaks millions to me.

All the colors of the human skin.

Looks to me like a male and females wedding rings on the babies toes.

Fills my heart with extremely strong emotional feelings.

An old Chinese Proverb came to mind when I saw this picture

If your vision is for a year, plant wheat.

If your vision is for ten years, plant trees.

If your vision is for a lifetime, plant people.

What are you thought’s when you see this picture?

It has left me with thoughts of a memory of something I’m not finding the answer.

Road Tunnels in Taranaki New Zealand

Whangamomona Tunnel

Above photo is the Whangamomona Tunnel.

Taranaki has about twenty-two tunnels dotted mostly on the back country roads, most of them have been chiseled out by pick and shovel through hills.

Some of these tunnels have been formed through papa clay ( I called in papa rock) it is very, hard rock until you get a lot of rain, then it becomes soft and crumbles.

  • Moki Tunnel – on SH 43 between Whangamomona and Taumarunui, approx 180 m long. is a single lane, uses wooden shoring, it is on the western end of the Tangarakau Gorge.

The Moki tunnel was the only one constructed of five tunnels that were originally suggested along the route to Stratford by surveyor Joshua Morgan in the early 1890’s prior to his death in the Tangarakau gorge in 1893.

The tunnel was constructed in 1935-1936 by the public works Department based in Stratford at the time.

It was originally built to about 5 meters high, to allow modern stock trucks and trailers to pass through, it was lowered two meters in 1985 by Colin Boyd of Inglewood Metal Supplier.

Uriti TunnelUruti Tunnel on Uruti Road, connecting the Pehu Valley with SH 3, which is not very far away from Okoki were I Live, it is the longest (at about 200 m) and least stable tunnel in Taranaki.

It took seven years to construct and was opened in 1923.

Signs at each end recommend not walking through it and stopping is prohibited.

It looks like a mine shaft with its inverted V-shaped top, has a wooden ceiling, and reinforcing planks along its walls.

The Uruti tunnel links the Uruti Valley with the main highway.

Uruti area is beautiful Country, in the 2003 film The Last Samurai was filmed in the Uruti Valley, with Mount Taranaki/Egmont standing in for Mount Fuji.

These are only a couple of road tunnels that I have photos of in Taranaki, will share more photos as I take them, it’s amazing the energy put into building these, real man- power, could you imagine doing that kind of work these days with no machinery, just bullocks and draught horses.

Lessons of Life – Keep Learning


You will receive a body.

You may like it or hate it, but it’s yours to keep for the entire period.

You will learn lessons.

You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called life.

There are no mistakes, only lessons.

Growth is a trial, error, and experimentation.

The failed experiments are as much a part or the process as the experiments that ultimately work.

Lessons are repeated until they are learned.

A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it.

When you have learned it, you can go to the next lesson.

Learning lessons does not end.

There’s no part of life that does not contain its lessons.

If you are alive, that means there are lessons to be learned.

There is no better a place than here.

When you are there, it has become a here

You will simply obtain another there, that will again look better than here.

Other people are merely mirrors of you.

You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects  you, something you love or hate about yourself.

That’s the lessons you receive with a body,

What you make of your life is up to you.

You have all the tools and resources you need.

What you do with them is up to you. The choice is yours.

Your answers lie within you.

The answers to life’s questions lie within you.

All you need to do is look, listen, and trust.

You will forget all of this at the end of your life

Then you will trust someone else to answer the question of your deliverance to your final resting place.

It’s no use hating your body because there is someone out there that loves your body.

All about Feijoas



The fruit matures in the autumn, they are not ready yet, but it won’t be long, last year I made chutney it was very nice so I thought I would share a little about this fruit, give you the recipe I used, and show you some photos I took last season.

The feijoa is an evergreen, perennial shrub.

The fruit is green, as you can see by the photo above.

They are oval shaped.

Have a sweet, aromatic flavor. The flesh is juicy.

We have three trees and everyone has a different flavor, and different sized fruit, there is one tree I prefer more that the others as it has a much sweeter taste.

The fruit drops when ripe, but I pick it from the tree before it is quite ripe to prevent bruising.

The fruit has a distinctive smell, which I like very much, there is no other smell like it.

Feijoa Chutney

Here’s the recipe

Feijoa Chutney

  1. 1.5 kg feijoas, peeled and chopped,
  2. 1 kg onions, peeled and finely diced,
  3. ½ cup crystallized ginger, diced,
  4. 2 cups currants,
  5. 2 cups brown sugar,
  6. 1 teaspoon mixed spice,
  7. 3 teaspoons curry powder,
  8. 1 litre cider vinegar.
  9. Method:
  10. In a large pan combine all ingredients, stir to the boil
  11. On the lowest heat, simmer until thick
  12. Pour into sterilized jars and seal once cool.Feijoa Chutney bottled

    Here’s another quick recipe below for Feijoa jam cooked in the Microwave.

    Feijoa and Ginger Jam (microwave)

    500g peeled feijoas,

    500g sugar,

    Juice of one lemon,

    3 tablespoons freshly grated ginger,

    ½ cup water


    1. Chop the peeled feijoas.  Place in a food processor and pulp well
    2. Place pulped feijoas in a very large glass bowl with the sugar, lemon juice, fresh grated ginger, and water.
    3. Microwave on high for 5 minutes, then stir
    4. Cook for another 10 minutes, stirring once, then pour into jars and seal.

    I have made this often it has been very successful.

    I have been asked in the comments what the inside of a feijoa looks like?

    Hope you enjoy the fruit if you ever find some.Cut Feijoa

    Other ways of using Feijoas

    You usually eat the feijoa by cutting it in half, then scooping it out the pulp with a spoon, you can also peel the skin off if they are not too ripe and eat it that way.

    I have seen some eat them with the skin still on, just remove the top and bottom of the fruit.

    You can stew Feijos but don’t over cook them, serve with vanilla ice-cream or whipped cream.

    I have also made Feijoas Muffins – Very nice

    Do you grow Feijoas?

    If not have you eaten them?

    Do you like them?

Hand Lawn Mower Workout


Do you remember those days when there were no motor run lawn mowers and the only way was the push mower’s?

Very good if you need some exercise.

Not good for mowing steep slopes.

Also, a pain if you didn’t use the catcher, all those bits of grass that came inside on the children’s feet.

Oh, so glad for the modern days.

Or do you still mow the lawn with a hand push mower?

After all, it would be good for the environment.

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Monday, February 15th,  Pick a Photo and write in less than a 100 words my thoughts.

I would be happy if you would join in and add your thought’s about this photo.

New Farm Puppy

It wasn't me

Photo Credit.

Written for Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner: Week #7 – 2016

The opening sentence for the February 12th, Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner:

“……. For the thousandth time, I promise you, it wasn’t me!”

As I opened the door to enter the shed where I put my new pup to sleep last night so he wouldn’t wander during the night and get lost.

I could see something had gone terribly wrong, there was puppy sitting there looking at me hoping I would believe him I don’t know that it was “For the thousandth time, I promise you, it wasn’t me!” time but for certain he was begging me to believe him.

What could have created a mess like this bags, boxes you name it, it was everywhere.

So I started to clean it up, moving things from the corner, what should dive out? a possum, it frighten the living daylight’s out of me, no wonder there was such a mess, what had been going on?

Yes, I believe you, poor puppy, going through all that torment with a possum or was it fun.

Farmers don’t keep dogs in the house especially pups, can you imagine the mess, dirty muddy feet all over the furniture and carpets, plus many other reasons.