Celebrate valentine's day with an extravagant home cooked fillet steak. Serve with mash and vegetables of your choice; perhaps even toasting the occasion with glasses of pink champagne.
2 x 200g fillet steaks
1 teaspoon cracked back peppercorns
2 garlic cloves crushed
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
200g assorted wild and cultivated mushrooms
100ml robust red wine
Sea salt flakes
Chopped herbs of choice
1Rub the cut surfaces of the beef with pepper and garlic and then put 1 teaspoon of the oil into a non-stick frypan and heat strongly
2Saute the beef on a high heat for 2 minutes each side and then remove but keep warm
3Now add the remaining oil and the mushrooms and saute over medium heat for 2 minutes
4Add the wine and push the mushrooms to the side of the pan. Stir what is left in the pan to create a deglazed, reduced sauce, adding salt to taste. Serve the sauce and mushrooms with the beef, mounted on a bed of mash. Garnish with chopped herbs, if liked.