As much as I really enjoy cooking, some evenings my brain is just too tired to think about what to cook, I’m just too exhausted to be bothered with too much preparation. I rarely buy take out meals as attractive as they seem with such a variety available and home delivered, for some reason when I do indulge I seem to be disappointed. The food looks amazing online, but by the time I wait the 40 minutes or so and unwrap on arrival, the sense of excitement is overtaken by hunger. Besides if I’m ordering for one, as there is usually a minimum purchase I find I waste quite a lot.
Recently I’ve been reintroduced to the ease and yumminess of ham steaks. To be correct these are actually gammon not ham- gammon is the hind leg and cured but still needs to be cooked (unlike ham). Slices of good quality nicely cured gammon take but a few minutes to cook, no preparation required. Growing up we on occasions would venture from the usual red meat and vegetables at dinner for gammon steaks, typically accompanied by pineapple and salad. Whilst pineapple is a fantastic side, I love to enjoy fresh peaches, a natural choice at this time of year for me. Victoria is renowned for our peach orchards, having grown up on one myself they are currently in peak season and every so lush.
To enjoy fresh produce at its peak it is important to know your supplier or better still the producer. We are spoilt for choice in Melbourne and I’ve found a great producer of pork products at my local farmers market, they pride themselves on their English style recipes, everything is delicious, my favorites are their pork pies – a great lunch choice and gammon steaks (apple-brined amazing). Pacdon Park really understand their products and their niche in the market. Check out their website for your nearest supplier if there is not one in your area have a chat to your local butcher to see if they are able to source a good supplier.
Todays post isn’t a recipe as such but more of a meal suggestion.
- Gammon steak cooked about 3 minutes each side in a frying pan
- One fresh peach halved, stone removed added to the same pan ( i like the Queen variety, mainly used for preserving so maintains its structure well)
- Substantial Salads – easy summer meals. My current favorite salad, or any salad you desire.
Quick, easy, no mess delicious and on your plate in minutes!