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Poached beef fillet with semi-dried figs

Simon Boyle

Here is a recipe that perks the body up, is very easy on the stomach, high in protein and low in calories. It is well balanced and should maintain your physical performance, attention and learning success during the afternoon too. 


Stuff you'll need

1 litre beef stock
800g whole beef fillet, tied 2-3 times
1 tbsp Bertolli extra virgin olive oil
1 small savoy cabbage
6 yellow baby plum tomatoes
1 sprig thyme
1 clove garlic
10 fresh raspberries
40ml red wine vinegar
1 shallot
½ tsp Maille grain mustard
50g semi-dried figs
1 tbsp manuka honey
100ml hempseed oil

Get stuck in:

  1. Crush the raspberries with a fork and steep them in the vinegar. 

  2. Peel and finely chop the shallot and cut the figs into wedges. Add to the raspberries and mix in the grain mustard.

  3. Season with the honey, a little salt and pepper and stir in the extra virgin olive oil. Reserve.

  4. Cut the tomatoes in half and place in a bowl.

  5. Crush the garlic and pull the leaves off the thyme. Mix the tomatoes and drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.

  6. Place on an oven tray and roast in a hot oven for 5 minutes. Take out and reserve.

  7. Bring the beef stock to a gentle simmer in a wide pan, and keep it simmering over a low to medium heat. 

  8. Meanwhile, heat a little olive oil in a large heavy frying pan until very hot, and sear the fillet of beef over a high heat until nicely coloured on both sides. Transfer the steak to the stock, making sure it is covered in liquid. 

  9. Simmer gently for 8 minutes for rare beef, 12 minutes for medium and 16 minutes for well done. Do not let the liquid boil. 

  10. Remove the fillet from the stock and rest for 5 minutes. 

  11. While the steaks are resting, shred the savoy cabbage fairly finely and blanch in the beef stock for 3-4 minutes only. Take out when cooked but still with a slight bite. Drain well and season with a little dressing.

  12. To serve, place the cabbage in the centre of the plate and slice the beef equally in 4. Place on the cabbage. Place the tomato halves around the plate and drizzle the dressing around.