:: Simply Sourced and Oriental Steak Salad

September 8, 2009 at 9:17 am 3 comments

As a food blogger, it’s quite often that you get sent offers and promotions by new companies or event organisers on a weekly basis, asking for promotion on the blog.  If the product or event is something that catches my attention, I do generally give it a mention or ask for a sample so that I can use it in a recipe for the blog.  This was the case when I received an email two weeks ago, from Nigel Cobbe, the owner of the brand new company, Simply Sourced which is a home delivery service throughout Dublin and Wicklow for top quality free range and totally traceable meat.  It’s a really great concept and having sampled the product it offers a really reliable alternative to butchers and supermarkets.  I like the idea that they have a set price and you know the quality of produce to expect!

Nigel told me that their pork is from rare breed of Saddlebacks which have fabulous depth of flavour whilst their beef is from a rare ancient pedigree called the Long Horn -Heston Blumenthal’s source for his ultimate steak!  Orders are individually butchered to customer’s requirements with free delivery throughout Dublin & Wicklow with orders above 50 euro.

Simply Sourced prices are close to and often less than supermarket / butcher prices yet bear no comparison in terms of quality and taste i.e. Denny Rashers are 21 euro/kg, ours are 19 euro/kg.
Their handmade sausages are the same price as Tesco Finest and contain over 92% shoulder and belly meat, Tesco’s are just over 70% meat content. They also have a gluten free range at no extra cost.
All the meat is delivered chilled, fresh and vacuum packed for immediate enjoyment or for freezing for up to 6 months.

I tried the fillet steak in the recipe below and I can honestly say it was one of the best cuts of meat I have ever tasted.  The steaks are really velvety and full of flavour, you really don’t have to work too hard to make cuts of meat like this tasty.  I also sampled the breakfast gammon which was equally tasty and I will definitely be ordering that again!  With plans to expand this home delivery service across the country, I expect this will not be the last you have heard from Simply Sourced!

Oriental Steak Salad

You can add as many other ingredients to the salad as you want, beansprouts, or snow peas all work great in this.  I used fillet steak here, but as this can be quite expensive, other cuts will work just as nicely, try sirloin or a good quality shoulder steak.  This recipe can also be made ahead of time, marinade the meat in the fridge, prepare the veg beforehand and only toss with the dressing when you are ready to eat.

Serves 4
4 x 120g fillet steak
1 cucumber, thinly sliced
2 carrots, thinly sliced
6 spring onions, finely sliced on the diagonal
1 red pepper, thinly sliced
Small handful of chopped coriander to serve

For the marinade and dressing:
1 chilli, deseeded and minced
1 thumb sized piece of ginger, finely minced
2 cloves of garlic, finely minced
Juice of 1 lime
1 teaspoon of sesame oil
1 teaspoon of thai fish sauce
1 tablespoon of soy sauce
3 tablespoons of sunflower oil

Place the steaks on a plate.
Mix all the ingredients for dressing/marinade together and pour 1/4 of the mixture over the steaks.
Toss all the veg together in salad bowl and set aside.
Heat a large griddle pan and fry the steaks for 3-5 minutes on either side depending on their size.
Remove the steaks and allow to rest on a chopping board for a few minutes.
Add the dressing to the salad and toss to combine.
Slice the steak thinly, sprinkle with a little chopped coriander and serve with the zingy salad.


Entry filed under: carrot, chilli, cucumber, fish sauce, garlic, ginger, lime, red pepper, sesame oil, soya sauce, spring onions, steak.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Paul  |  September 8, 2009 at 10:12 am

    I like it medium-rare but I hardly ever manage to cook it correctly!

    If I have time, I make a jus from pink peppercorns, crushed juniper berries, balsamic vinegar, red wine, bay leaf, and brown sugar.

    Then I let the good times roll.


  • 2. diva@The Sugar Bar  |  September 9, 2009 at 11:13 am

    medium rare is dreamy and that steak salad is off the charts! fab photos. i've yet to try heston blumenthal's steak in fact i have to go down to Berkshire for a visit at the Fat Duck. bout time i did. anyway, lovely blog 🙂 x

  • 3. Rayzer  |  September 26, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    I took delivery of a beef teaser taster pack from simply sourced yesterday and I have just had the Rib-eye steak for Dinner, what an amazing piece of meat – the flavour is wonderful and just melted in the mouth. I would definitely recommend to try them out well worth the money – they are cheaper than the 21 day aged meat in superquinn and taste a whole lot better.


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