Dear oh dear...

I was dying to make another medieval dinner, especially after watching a feast scene in 'The Tudors' so I looked through the recipes and came across "Beef Stekyes" - beef steak! I noticed though, that it was a stuffed steak concoction and thought it was worth a shot.  I prepared it all, cooked it and carved it up to eat, only to discover the steak I had purchased was tough as hell, practiably inedible! Most of it went to the dog! I had flown across to the supermarket and as usual, the meat was rubbish quality in comparison to the local butcher. 

Oh how I hate it when that happens, its such a pain in the backside, especially when you hear the sad toned "its not that bad" coming from your family as they break their teeth and bend their forks.

The stuffing however, was delicious and well worth making again, this time with better quality meat! It was really unusual, with a spicy sweetness that has been forgotten for likes of 'sage and sausage' on every table!
It looks a bit green in the picture, whereas in reality it was a yellow beige colour!

I'm going to give you the recipe for the stuffing, which I have noted they also stuff into mutton!

Stuffing for Steak!

Take raw percely and oynyonys smal-y-scree, and yolkys of Eyroun sothe hard, and marow or swette and hew alle thes to-geder smal; and take croms of white bread and bray them to-geder smal, than caste ther on poudere of gyngere amd saffroun tolle hem to-gederys.

You'll need
A handful of fresh parsley 
1 cup of breadcrumbs
1 tsp ginger
Pinch of saffron
1 cup of mashed turnip
2 eggs, mashed
1 onion, chopped finely

Mash everything together in a bowl and spread on a large steak, roll and tie together, then roast in a hot oven until the meat is to your liking.  Serve sliced with creamed leeks and some mashed turnip on the side.


Michelle said...

Wow! How do you read those recipes?!? Although the meat was tough, which really bites after all that work, the picture makes it look really yummy!

rachel said...

A few months ago I was into a tudor period phase- but I never took it further than reading Alison Weir's "eight wives of Henry ". Impressed with this steak which would definitely be gobbled down by Henry VI quicksmart.