Warmed grilled beef, beetroot and aioli….

Mastering, Master it, How to cook today written by Chef Rory O’Connell, co-founder of the International Ballymaloe Cookery School in County Cork , Ireland, continues to inspire me three years after completing the school’s 12 week certificate course.  This blog was born from my love of Rory’s instructive style and his cookbook Master it.  I am in good company.   Alice Waters writes on the back cover of Master it…. ‘I have always admired Rory’s cooking – so elegantly inspired by his love for gardening.  As a teacher, he so effortlessly communicates the subtleties of taste with clarity and simplicity.  It’s why I find this book so invaluable!’

As I begin preparations for my next cooking demonstration sometimes the most difficult part is deciding which recipes to use!  But since we are in full swing of spring I choose a warm salad of grilled sirloin with beetroot, grilled spring onions and aioli sauce for our main course.   This practice along with the two demonstrations will definitely help me toward my goal of Mastering, Master it!

First thing to do is make fresh mayonnaise for the aioli.  Mayonnaise is an essential cooking skill to learn.  It is very quick, easy and delicious

Everything needed to make the mayonnaise

Ready to whisk

Garlic added to mayonnaise

Organized for next steps

smoking hot grill pan
Using Rory’s practical advice for cooking….

1. finding the best ingredients…sirloin from Tyner Pond Farm, arugula and green spring onions from Blue Yonder Organic Farm, other ingredients  from local grocery store.
2. Get organized, which I have done.

3. Follow the recipe.

Ready to plate salad

Sirlion has rested in 200F oven

Grated beetroot dressed with olive oil and balsamic 

Fresh arugula dressed with lemon and olive oil

Season with Maldon salt and fresh pepper
Just a beautiful salad for enjoying outside.  Each layer supporting the next!  Think my class is going to love this recipe for the summer months too!


One Comment Add yours

  1. Conor Bofin says:

    Lovely looking dish. The beef looks great.

    Liked by 1 person

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