Grass Fed Crumbed Steak

A crispy, herb crumb around a tender steak with all the goodness of being grass fed and chemical free – this is a fabulous recipe for topside steak. Cook in tallow for that extra crispness and for the great anti-inflammatory health benefits that go with it.

Topside steak comes from the hind quarter of the animal. It is a high use muscle that is very lean, meaning it is one of the less forgiving cuts of meat with regard to how it is cooked. I like to stir fry it quickly at a high temperature– having cut it into thin strips across the grain of the meat. Some will slow cook it in a casserole, but I find it a bit lean for this.

This crumbed steak however, is now by far my favourite way to cook topside steak! It means getting at the steak with a meat tenderiser (without this, I wouldn’t cook topside as a steak in a pan or on a BBQ), but these are readily available and are not expensive to buy. Give it a go!

 

1 pack Conscious Farmer topside steak (600g)

2 cups fresh breadcrumbs (I whir up frozen bread in my stick blender)

¼ cup chopped fresh flat leaf parsley

¼ cup chopped fresh mint

¼ cup finely grated parmesan

Plain flour

Sea salt and cracked black pepper

2 eggs

 

Preparation

Mix the breadcrumbs, parsley, mint and parmesan together in a bowl.  Place the plain flour in another bowl and add a generous pinch of the sea salt and pepper.  Take a third bowl, crack the eggs into it and beat with a fork.

Take the topside steak and cut each steak into 3 pieces.  I do this for two reasons – the first is that the steaks become a lot bigger after tenderising and the second, it allows more places for crumbs! Take each piece and hit with a meat tenderising mallet.  Be sure to do this on an older chopping board as it will pock the timber somewhat. My mallet has a side with larger ‘teeth’ and then a side with smaller. Start tenderising the steak with the large then move to the small.

Once tenderised, take each steak and coat lightly in the plain flour then dip into the beaten egg. Place in the bowl of crumbs. Sprinkle some over the top and press down so that the crumbs stick to both sides. Place on a plate ready for cooking. Repeat the process with the other pieces of steak.

Cooking

Take a large pan and place a generous piece of tallow in the pan to melt – or whatever oil you choose to use.  I think the key to great crispy crumbs is keeping oil in the base of the pan while cooking. Don’t let it dry right out.

Place the steaks in the pan and cook until the crumbs are coloured and crisp, turn and cook the other side.

Serve with a fresh Greek salad or with vegetables and creamy mashed potato.

Interestingly, I have cooked these steaks with tallow and with olive oil and the olive oil crisped quite well, but didn’t hold the crisp once coming off the heat as well as the tallow.

Topside steak is in many of our hampers – if you’d like to order a hamper for Grass Fed Crumbed Steaks – see our hamper selection here.

Happy Crumbing!

Kirrily

There are endless meal choices with grass fed beef mince and this one is currently on rotation at our place as it’s a fabulous summer option – a fresh, lighter take on the traditional rich saucy bolognese. It’s also an opportunity to use some of the crazy amounts of tasty cherry tomatoes coming from my vege. patch at the moment. With the lemon stirred through the pasta and the basil on top to serve, this meal really is a fresh, clean option just perfect for this last month of summer.

 

Ingredients

  • 300g spaghetti
  • 1 pack Conscious Farmer grass fed beef mince (750g)
  • Olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried chilli flakes
  • 2 teaspoons caster sugar
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • Sea salt and cracked black pepper
  • 2/3 cup white wine
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon rind
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 500g cherry tomatoes, halved.
  • ½ cup Ligurian or Kalamata olives
  • Torn basil leaves and finely grated parmesan for serving.

Method

Place a large saucepan of water on to boil in preparation for cooking the pasta.

Place a flying pan over a high heat. Add a small amount of olive oil, then add the mince, garlic, thyme and chilli and cook until the meat is browned.  Break apart any lumps of mince as you stir the mince around.

Add the pasta to the water to cook.

Reduce the heat to medium, add the caster sugar, tomato paste, salt and pepper and cook for around 5 minutes.  Add the white wine and cook for a further 3 minutes.  Add the halved cherry tomatoes and olives and allow them to warm slightly.  (If it seems just too dry at any point, just add a dash of water to the pan).

Once the pasta has cooked, drain it and place it back in the warm saucepan. Drizzle with olive oil and stir this in with the lemon rind, lemon juice and vinegar.

To serve, place the spaghetti in bowls and top with the mince and tomato mix.  Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and tear the basil leaves and scatter on top.

Serves 4-6

 

I have adapted this recipe from a Donna Hay recipe – Summer Bolognese.

My photo above has the dish served with fettucine style pasta. I think it’s better with spaghetti, but Derek and I had made our own pasta and we don’t have a pasta machine so had cut it by hand. Making spaghetti this way is a little beyond us, so fettucine it was!

Have fun cooking,

Kirrily x

Here are some lovely grass fed beef koftas filled with spices and herbs , served with a fresh tabouli and minted yoghurt.  Great for summer time eating.  I have made them as sausage shapes on skewers but you could also shape them into meatballs and cook them in a skillet. This is likely a better option if you don’t have a BBQ plate, as the skewers can be hard to fit into a pan to cook.

Beef Koftas

  • 1 pack Conscious Farmer mince (750g)
  • 1/3 cup grated onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh mint
  • 6 cloves crushed garlic
  • 2 tablespoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • Generous pinch salt & good grind black pepper

 

Mix all ingredients in a bowl. If using bamboo skewers, soak them in some water to prevent splinters. Shape the beef mixture onto skewers as seen in image above.  Makes around 12 koftas.

Heat a barbecue plate to a medium heat.  Oil the plate and place the skewers on the plate to cook.  Rotate to cook all sides, while leaving slightly pink in the middle. You may like to use tongs around the beef to move the koftas so that the skewer doesn’t break out of the mince.  Once cooked, the mince will be firmer and you will be able to move the koftas via the skewer.

Serve with the tabouli and minted yoghurt – see below.

 

Tabouli

Tabouli is traditionally made with burghul (wheat based), but I use quinoa as I have it on hand, which is great for gluten free eaters too.  Those not gluten free could also try couscous.

  • 1/4 cup quinoa – cooked as per instructions
  • 2 tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 4 cups chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 1 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.

 

Minted Yoghurt

  • 1 cup greek yoghurt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped mint

Combine all ingredients.

 

Serve the koftas alongside the tabouli and with a generous dollop of minted yoghurt.

Regardless of the hamper you order from us, they all contain grass fed beef mince, so no excuses not to try this recipe!  Our hampers options can be seen and ordered here.

Enjoy and eat well, Kirrily.

Homemade tortillas, wrapped around some grass fed Mexican beef mince, with sour cream and crunchy iceberg lettuce.  A nourishing meal for the family or a casual meal for a crowd and the tortillas are great for a healthy lunch wrap if you have some remaining after everyone’s had their dinner fill!

In case you didn’t know – it’s pronounced  taw-tee-uh  –  there is no ‘L’ sound.  For Spanish words, a single ‘L’ is pronounced as an ‘L’, where as a double ‘L’ is pronounced as a ‘Y’. So now you know – even if you hadn’t asked!

I recently tried making these tortilla wraps and given their easiness and the thumbs up feedback from the family, I thought I’d share them with you.  I firstly made the mince from this previous recipe of mine – Mexican Beef Mince with Roast Sweet Potato, then let it simmer very slowly on the stovetop while I made the dough for the tortillas.

For the tortillas.

 

Ingredients

3 cups plain flour

1 teaspoons sea salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/3 cup olive oil

1 cup warm water

 

Method

Place the flour, sea salt and baking powder in a bowl.  Add the oil and water to the flour mix and stir until a dough begins to form.  Next, use your hands and work into a smooth dough – knead briefly.  Divide the dough into 16 pieces, roll each into a ball, flatten slightly and cover with a clean tea towel. Leave to stand for at least 15 minutes.

Dust your bench surface with flour, take a rolling pin (rub with flour) and roll out each ball to a circle a little bigger than a bread and butter plate. You can tease them out into a circle with your hands before rolling.

Take a large frypan on a medium heat and drizzle some olive oil in the pan.  Once the pan is hot, place the tortillas into the pan one at a time and cook until browned spots begin to form underneath. Flip and cook the other side. Cook until all 16 tortillas are completed.

As the tortillas are cooked, add them to a plate and cover them with a clean tea towel. This will help them to stay soft and pliable – especially for next day use.

Each time I’ve cooked these I’ve had one of our sons helping me – one of us has cooked while the other rolls them out. It’s a fun thing to do together.  The tortillas are super easy to cook – there is no stickage on the pan at all, so you can have a bit of fun turning them by flipping them in the pan!

Once all the tortillas are cooked – place them, along with the fillings, in the centre of the table for the family or kids to enjoy wrapping their own – the beef mince, chopped iceberg lettuce, sour cream and the warm tortillas. Of course you can add any other fillings you like. Avocado is quite a nice addition.

Build, eat, nourish, enjoy!

Kirrily x

When there are only so many packs of sausages to go around, it can be hard to pull some away from a grill-up to allocate to a meal that takes at least a little more effort than ‘chucking a few snags on the barbie’. This one however, is well worth it!

The base ingredients are actually a fairly standard set of flavours – bacon, onion, red wine, tomatoes – but the addition of the fennel seeds, together with rosemary make all the difference.  Served with creamy mashed potato and some greens on the side, it’s the perfect meal for the Winter season.

Ingredients

  • olive oil
  • 1 pack Conscious Farmer Sausages (pack of 9)
  • 4 bacon rashers – chopped
  • 1 onion – sliced
  • 1 garlic clove – crushed
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 cup (250ml) red wine
  • 1 sprig rosemary – leaves stripped
  • 210g chopped tomatoes or cherry tomatoes (tinned or fresh)
  • 200ml chicken stock
  • Sea salt and cracked black pepper
  • Mashed potato to serve

Place the sausages in a pan with some olive oil and brown all sides. Remove from the pan.  Discard some fat from the pan, if necessary.  Add the bacon and cook until crisp, then remove and sit with the sausages.

Add the onions, cook until soft, then add the garlic and fennel seeds and cook for one minute. Add the red wine to the pan and simmer until the liquid is reduced by half.

Place the sausage and bacon back in the pan.  Add the tomatoes, rosemary leaves and chicken stock. Simmer for 20 minutes with a lid covering; remove the lid toward the end of simmering to allow the liquid to reduce. Season with salt and pepper, if required.

Serve with creamy mashed potato and greens on the side.

I have taken this recipe and adapted it from the following website.

https://www.olivemagazine.com/recipes/meat-and-poultry/sausages-braised-with-fennel-and-red-wine/

Here is a fresh little salad to serve aside one of our tasty steaks while the weather’s hot. If you have a vegetable patch like me, you may well also have an abundance of tomatoes, basil, parsley and oregano right now that you’re looking for ways to use! If not, you may find some tasty, in season tomatoes at the markets at this time of year.

I love the freshness of herbs in this salad.  I made this for dinner last night and it took 5 minutes tops.

  • 750g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh basil
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano

Halve the cherry tomatoes and place in a bowl.

In another small bowl, place the oil, vinegar, salt and sugar and whisk or stir.  You can also place these ingredients in a jar, place the lid on and shake – a great way to make salad dressings.

Sprinkle the chopped herbs over the tomatoes and stir. Pour the dressing over the tomato mix and stir again.

It’s ready for serving! This recipe can also be made in advance and left to marinate overnight.

Enjoy!

Kirrily x

Relaxed summer eating – who doesn’t love it! Enjoy sitting outside amongst the scent of the cool evening air and the mouth-watering smells coming from the steaks sizzling on the BBQ. There’s lots of ways to cook in summer that are quick and create little heat in the house, and provide wonderful healthful meals with great grass fed beef.

We have a variety of nourishing grass fed beef hampers with a selection of cuts to give you a summer season full of fabulous meals to share with friends and family.  The beef that Derek and I produce on our farm is 100% grass fed & finished and it’s free of pesticides – because that’s what we want for our family, so why would we produce it any other way! Plus our sausages are preservative and gluten free.

With the flavour of our grass fed beef, all you’ll need on your steak is some sea salt and cracked black pepper, a fresh salad on the side and some crisped potato rounds. For us, with our boys now in their teens, barbequing is great because they are happy to take on the cooking – chillaxing outside with the steaks and ‘taties’ on the hotplate for dinner!

There’s so much more to summer than a steak on the BBQ though – pop some Red Wine and Soy Marinated Kebabs or home-made herbed rissoles on the BBQ; stir fry with your favourite Asian flavours or whip up some good old spaghetti bolognaise.

Our Summer Wholesome Hamper is perfect for all of these, with succulent grilling steaks – scotch fillet, sirloin, t-bone, rump, plus topside and boneless blade steaks for thin slicing for lovely stir fries (try our Beef & Vegetable Stir Fry with Cashews & Fresh Basil or this great Thai Beef Salad). There are ribs for roasting or BBQing and mince and sausages for an array of easy and healthy summer meals.  Try our San Choi Bao and get your fingers a little bit messy!

This Summer Wholesome Hamper is actually an eighth share in the cuts from the animal, with the slow cooking cuts ground for extra mince and sausages, but if you’re still keen in summer for the health benefits of slow cooking, then choose our traditional Wholesome Hamper as it has those lovely collagen rich cuts.

The Classic BBQ and the Premium BBQ Hampers are also great for the BBQ lover – these hampers have all the best grilling steaks (including eye fillets) plus mince and sausages. Everything you’ll love for the BBQ plate.

The Classic BBQ Hamper is great if you have smaller freezer space as it is just 9.5kg. The Premium BBQ has some extra steaks at 12kg.

Of course you can choose from any of our Hampers – there are larger hampers for those with a family and smaller hampers for couples and singles.  I’m sure any questions you have about delivery, adding bones and offal to your hamper and more, will be answered in our Frequently Asked Questions.

With family here over summer, I’m planning a big sticky ribs cook-up with a dill potato salad, Derek’s going to pre-make some of his Home-Made Sausage Rolls for the freezer to pull out when feeling lazy and I’m going to take it easy one night with a whole heap of our sausages on the BBQ with a salad and served with some of this Sweet and Tangy Tomato Relish that I made with the mass of cherry tomatoes I had last summer.

Hamper orders can be placed here.

Enjoy your summer grass fed beef eating!

Kirrily x

Sticky, beefy, pick them up with your fingers – what more could you want! Considering how much I enjoy them now, strangely I hadn’t ventured into cooking beef ribs until Derek and I began The Conscious Farmer – I wasn’t quite sure what to do with them and just hadn’t given it a go. Now I actually find them quite simple to cook when cooked on the small rotisserie cooker that we have. It’s great because it takes the cooking outside for summer, which you may also be able to do if you have a rotisserie on your BBQ. If you don’t, you can slow cook them for a while in the oven and then finish them off on the BBQ grill to get that lovely stickiness to the sauce.

Ribs are something that we can possibly add some extra of to your hamper, so if you would like extra ribs, please let us know in the comments box when you order your hamper and we’ll see what we can do!

Ingredients

Sauce

½ cup tomato sauce

¼ cup honey

2 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

 

Ribs

1 pack Conscious Farmer beef ribs (around 1kg)

Olive oil

Sea salt and ground black pepper

 

Method

Mix all of the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl.

 

On the Rotisserie

Take the ribs, coat with olive oil and rub with sea salt and cracked black pepper. Place on the spike of the rotisserie.  We have a separate small gas operated rotisserie, but you may have it as an attachment on your standard hooded gas BBQ.

Cook slowly on around 140oC for 50mins.  Brush with the sauce and continue cooking for 15-20 minutes, basting with the sauce several times. Cook until the sauce becomes sticky. Remove from the spike and serve with crispy baked potatoes and salad.

 

On the BBQ grill

If you don’t have a rotisserie try coating in oil, salt and pepper, slow cook in the oven (covered) for a couple of hours, coat in the sauce and then cook briefly on a really well-oiled grill on the BBQ. Turn during cooking to ensure all sides are cooked well. Or alternatively try these oven cooked ribs, but serve with a summer salad for this time of year.

I also see online that some just cook them directly on the grill having not been in the oven. I haven’t done this, I’m not sure how tender they would be, but if you give it a go, please let me know.

And when you’ve cut everything off them that you can, pick them up with your fingers!

Enjoy, Kirrily.

If there’s anything that mixes things up for dinner for me, it’s eating with my fingers! It’s relaxed, a bit fun and can be nourishing and healthful too – kebabs, wraps, and last night for us – San Choi Bao. While this creates fun for kids, it’s a welcome change for us adults too.  Last night I used (not surprisingly), beef as the base for my San Choi Bao – it’s lovely and flavourful with the soy, ginger and garnishes. The iceberg lettuce gives a fabulous crunch and wraps up nicely to hold everything in.

So give it a go, (it’s very quick and simple to cook), wrap it up, delve in with your hands, lean over your plate and enjoy the beef juices dripping out the bottom as you delve in and embrace just a little bit of messiness!

There’s lots of other ways to bring some fun into dinner.  Use chopsticks, move outside with the weather warming up or put all the sides, meal components or garnishes in the centre of the table so the family can serve themselves.  They can get just what they want and it has a lovely communal feel as everyone jostles to have things passed around – I especially love to do this with guests.

Ingredients

  • 750g grass fed beef mince (one of our packs)
  • Olive oil (or sesame oil for a more authentic flavour)
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, minced
  • 3 tablespoon tamari or soy sauce
  • 3 shallots, sliced finely on the angle
  • 1 medium carrot, grated
  • Red chili – if desired
  • 1 iceberg lettuce, divided into individual leaves
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • Vermicelli noodles
  • Small handful peanuts – chopped

Method

Add the oil to a medium/high heated pan.  Add beef mince and brown.  Add the garlic and ginger to the pan and stir until the garlic is cooked.  Add the carrot, chili (if desired) and shallots, but retain some of the green slices of shallot for garnish.  Cook until carrot and shallots have softened.

Bring a saucepan of water to the boil. Add some vermicelli noodles to the pot and cook for 2 minutes. Drain.

To assemble the San Choi Bao – arrange the lettuce leaves on a plate and spoon some of the mince mix in each one.  Add a small amount of vermicelli noodles to each lettuce cup.  Top with green shallot slices, chopped peanuts and sesame seeds.

Wrap the lettuce around its contents as you prepare to eat.

If you’d like some grass fed beef mince for this and other meals – check out our range of mixed cut, nourishing hampers and find the one that’s suited to your home and family.

Kirrily 🙂

Bonjour! It’s been à la française (that’s French for “the French way”) here over the last month. You see, July brings three weeks of  anticipated delight to me with late nights sitting up watching le Tour de France. I love everything about the tour – the scenery, the tactics, the race within the race – and it unashamedly rubs off onto the things I do, including teaching myself a little français, and not a year goes by that I don’t cook something French for the family. This year it was a very simple but delicious dish, Carbonnade de Boeuf, or beef stewed in beer. This was followed by a lovely cherry clafoutis for dessert.

Father’s Day is just around the corner, right after delivery of our next hampers, so maybe a hearty meal of beef carbonnade would put a smile on the face of the Dads in your lives.

 

Ingredients

30g butter

olive oil

1 x 750g pack of diced grass fed beef – up to 1kg, round or chuck steak will work well

4 onions, chopped

1 garlic clove – crushed

1 teaspoon brown sugar

1 tablespoon plain flour

500ml or 2 cups beer

2 bay leaves

4 sprigs thyme

Croutons (optional)

6-8 slices baguette

Dijon mustard

 

Preheat oven to 150oC. Place the butter and oil in a pan on the stove top on a high heat. Once butter has melted, add the beef in batches to brown.

Remove the last of the beef, reduce the heat to moderate, add some more oil and the onion. Cook for 10 minutes, add the brown sugar and garlic and cook for another 5 minutes. Add a dash of water to lift off the base if it begins to stick during cooking.

Reduce the heat to low, add any juices from the cooked beef and stir in the flour. Remove from the stove top and gradually add the beer a little at a time. The liquid will foam as the beer is added. Return to the heat and let the mixture simmer gently until thickened.

Add the meat, onion, thyme and bay leaves in layers to a large casserole dish. Season each layer with salt and pepper. Pour the beer liquid over the beef, cover and bake for 2 ½ to 3 hours or until the beef is tender.

The French like to top this casserole with baguette croutons spread with dijon.

For the croutons, lightly toast your baguette on both sides (you may need to do this under the grill) and spread lightly, first with a little butter and then with the mustard. Arrange on top of the carbonnade, mustard side up and return to the grill for one minute.

I however reckon it’s best to give the croutons a swerve and serve it up with some creamy mashed potato and who doesn’t love a few green beans on the side.

Et voilà, bon appétit!

Now, for dessert!

Derek

A classic cherry (ceris) clafoutis for dessert, à la française!