Creamy Beef and Mustard Pasta

Creamy Beef and Mustard Pasta

span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"Today was my first day back to work after a really amazing Christmas and eventful last few days. When it came to it, I was actually so excited to see my work colleagues and divulge all the details of my time off and hear their news. I was greeted to an array of banners and balloons which made the day even more special. Coffee time featured an incredible a href="http://www.avoca.ie/home/"Avoca/a Baked Raspberry Cheesecake which went against the grain of my new years resolutions but was absolutely incredible! This evening when I got home the lovely Molly was reading and 'prepping' for something or other so I made my way into the kitchen and started thinking about dinner. This is what I came up with, a creamy (not actually cream but crème fraiche) beef and mustard pasta. This dish is a first for me and is literally something I thought up out of no where based on the contents of my fridge, and low and behold......it worked! Really really well in fact. Thrilled with the win!/spanbr /span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"br //spanbr /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-3iz3luIoBb4/UOsxKMGk67I/AAAAAAAAD8g/HfBtzDhhDIk/s1600/Beef+and+Mustard+Pasta.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-3iz3luIoBb4/UOsxKMGk67I/AAAAAAAAD8g/HfBtzDhhDIk/s640/Beef+and+Mustard+Pasta.jpg" width="458" //a/divbr /span style="color: #f6b26b; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif; font-size: x-large;"ibCreamy Beef and Mustard Pasta/b/i/spanbr /span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"br //spanspan style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"bServes 2/b (with a portion left over for lunch!)/spanbr /span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"br //spanbspan style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"Ingredients/span/bbr /span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"1 Onion/spanbr /span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"6 Mushrooms/spanbr /span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"4 cloves of garlic/spanbr /span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"300g beef strips/spanbr /span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"100g crème fraiche/spanbr /span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"2 teaspoons Dijon Mustard/spanbr /span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar/spanbr /span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"Squeeze of fresh lemon juice/spanbr /span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"Salt and Pepper/spanbr /span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"Olive Oil/spanbr /span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"Pasta shapes of your choice/spanbr /span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"Parsely or Chives (to garnish)/spanbr /span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"br //spanbspan style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"Method/span/bbr /span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"1. Place the beef in a dish and add balsamic vinegar, lemon juice and season well with salt and /spanbr /span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"    pepper, then set aside./spanbr /span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"2. Next, place the desired amount of pasta into a pot of boiling water lightly seasoned with salt /spanbr /span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"    and cook /spanspan style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"until 'al dente' (roughly 3/4 of a cereal bowl when dried is the right amount!)./spanbr /span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"3. Meanwhile, heat a teaspoon of olive oil in a wok or large pan. Add the finely chopped onions, /spanbr /span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"    chopped /spanspan style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"garlic and diced mushrooms and cook for 2-3 minutes until softened./spanbr /span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"3. Add the beef strips in vinegar and toss in the pan cooking for another 2 minutes./spanbr /span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"4. Finally add the mustard, crème fraiche and mix well with other ingredients and gently heat./spanbr /span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"5. Serve dish on a bed of pasta and garnish with parsley or chives/spanbr /span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"br //spanbr /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-AUxIo5hogbM/UOsxKNt67mI/AAAAAAAAD8k/hkhnquFOvk/s1600/Beef.jpg" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" height="640" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-AUxIo5hogbM/UOsxKNt67mI/AAAAAAAAD8k/hkhnquFOvk/s640/Beef.jpg" width="640" //a/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"bispan style="color: #6aa84f; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif; font-size: large;"E-D's Notes/span/i/b/divdiv class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"Unfortunately tonight I did not have any nice greenery to garnish this delicious dish, and although it may not be very colourful or exciting looking, I assure you the flavours make up for it!/span/div

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