A relaxed but restaurant-quality main course for two
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If you buy beef that has been aged for at least 21 days, it will have greater depth of flavour and be more tender. Look for steaks with a yellow tinge to the fat. This indicates that the cattle have been grass- and not grain-fed, which gives the meat a richer taste. There should also be a good marbling of fat throughout the flesh, which will add flavour and help to keep the meat juicy during cooking.
Roasted garlic mash
Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Place 3 large, unpeeled garlic cloves in a shallow tray. Roast for 20-30 mins until skin is yellowed and cracked. (This can be done at the same time as the hazelnuts for the pesto.) Meanwhile, boil 400g potatoes, peeled and cut, for 15-20 mins until tender. Drain and mash with 85g butter and 3 tbsp milk, then season well. Squeeze garlic flesh from skin and stir through the mash.
When griddling meat and vegetables, always oil the food and not the pan. This will ensure that there is no excess oil to drip between the ridges of the griddle and burn, which will taint your food and create a lot of smoke.