Don’t be daunted by that diva demeanour – Friday’s very own chef Silvena Rowe is happy to answer all your kitchen queries
Q I would like to do something more interesting with leftover roast beef than shoving it between two slices of bread for my children to take to school. Please suggest some easy weeknight dinners.
A Here are two recipes that are sure to become family favourites. They are fairly quick and easy to make – there is a bit of a prep work involved, but it will all be worth it.
The first one is stir-fried beef. Heat a splash of sesame oil in a hot wok. Add strips of ginger, julienned carrots, sliced spring onions, sliced garlic and sliced mushrooms. Sauté on high heat until vegetables are just cooked; about 2 minutes. Add some shredded roast beef, mix, then add soy sauce to taste. The moment the preparation is heated through take it off the heat as you do not want to dry out the beef. Serve alone, or with noodles or rice.
My second suggestion is Asian chilli and beef salad. Toss together a handful each of baby spinach and rocket leaves, and some roughly chopped fresh herbs, if you have any. Add a thinly sliced fresh red chilli, a few strips of ginger, a bit of thinly sliced red onion and a generous pinch of sesame seeds. To make the dressing, whisk together 3 tbsp olive oil, juice of 1 small lime, soy sauce to taste, 1 tsp honey and 1/2 tsp mustard. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss. Add thinly sliced beef roast before serving.
Q Does long-life milk have preservatives in it?
A No preservatives are added during the process of making long-life milk. The treatment and Tetra Pak carton allow it to be shelf-safe. Long-life milk is Grade A milk that requires no refrigeration thanks to ultra pasteurisation. But, of course, once the carton is opened, it should be refrigerated and used by the expiry date.
Q I love flavoured yogurt, but I don’t want to buy it from the supermarket as I’d like something more natural and I want to control my sugar intake. How can I flavour natural yogurt myself?
A Flavoured yogurt is a great way to use overripe fruits, especially bananas and berries. In the case of bananas, mash them well and add honey or soft brown sugar. Stir in whisked yogurt and mix well. For extra flavour, add a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg powder.
In the case of fresh berries, mash them slightly with sugar or sweetener. If using frozen berries, cook with a little sugar in a pan over medium heat for a few minutes or until sugar dissolves. Cool completely and then refrigerate until cold. Once cold, mix with whisked yogurt. Do not add hot or lukewarm fruit to the yogurt as it will turn sour or curdle.