Pepper Roast Beef with Roast Potatoes and Mushroom Sauce

Pepper crust roast beef

This meal was done because of a bit of guilt. I have been working so much, so my poor hubby either had to cook, or grab takeout for us for dinner, hence no red meat or proper meal for a while. I decided to cook him some real “man” food, and this was the result.


Roast Beef

700 g Roast Beef
3 tbsp freshly ground black pepper
3 tbsp freshly ground sea salt
20 ml olive oil

If you were not as lucy as me, being able to buy the roast beef already secured with string, start off the process by doing that first. Next, throw the olive oil in a bowl and roll the beef until completely covered. Once covered, roll in the pepper and sea salt and ensure that all sides are well seasoned. Allow to stand for 10 minutes.

Place in an oven tray and cook for 40 minutes on 180 degrees celsius.


Peel and cut 10 potatoes. Add to a pot of boiling water, and boil for 10 minutes. Strain the potatoes, add some salt and olive oil, and place on an over tray. Roast for 40 – 50 minutes on 180 degrees celsius.

Mushroom Sauce

200 ml thickened cream
1 cup sliced button mushrooms
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp flour
salt and black pepper
50 ml milk

Fry the mushrooms and garlic in the butter for 10 minutes. Add the flour while stirring, making sure that it is well mixed. Add the cream, stirring to avoid flour lumps from forming. Add the milk and cook for 5 minutes. Serve hot along side the roast beef and potatoes.

I served this meal with just plain rocket leaves. They add a nice fresh crunch to any meal.



Pepperoni Pizza

Homemade Pizza

Pizza, pizza, pizza! What better food to accompany a good movie and a bottle of wine. As you will notice on the photo, the pizza is not round, but whom ever said that a pizza needs to be round to taste good.

This recipe makes 2 large pizzas.

Ingredients for the base

2.5 cups flour
1 tsp caster sugar
1 tbsp dry yeast
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup lukewarm water


Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius.

Add the yeast and caster sugar to the luke warm water, stir well and allow to stand for 10 minutes. Sift the flour, caster sugar and salt into a big bowl. Add the olive oil. Do not mix the flour and oil yet. Make a well in the flour and add the yeast. Using your hands (well floured) mix the ingredients together to form a dough. Divide the dough into two dough balls and leave to stand for 30 – 40 minutes, covered with a cloth.

Ingredients for pizza toppings

200 ml tomato puree
200 g sliced pepperoni
15 – 20 cherrie tomatoes, halved
10 ml olive oil
1 clove chopped garlic
3 cups of grated mozzarella


Once the dough has doubled in size, roll it out on a well floured surface. Brush some oil on an oven tray. Place the dough on the oven tray and start adding your yummy toppings. Start by brushing the base with a little bit of oil, and add some garlic. Then add some tomato puree, next add the cheese, followed by the pepperoni and then the halved cherri tomatoes.

Bake in the oven for 10 – 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and golden.