15 Minute Monday – Creamy Mushroom Sauce

Creamy Mushroom Sauce

I love mushrooms, I can’t get enough of them – breakfast, lunch or dinner – they are a welcome inclusion to any meal. I especially love mushroom sauce/gravy, the pub kind is particularly delicious atop a perfectly cooked steak. Without heading out the pub every time I wanted this and to cut out unneeded  additives


  • 2 tbs of olive oil
  • 1 tsp of crushed garlic
  • 1 cup of thinly sliced brown mushrooms
  • 150ml of lite thickened cream – you can add more if you like it extra saucy
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat olive oil in a small frying pan over a medium heat, add garlic and stir until fragrant.
  2. Add mushrooms and stir to coat and allow to brown slightly, approx. 2 minutes. Pop a lid on the pan and allow the mushrooms to soften and appear golden, approximately 4 minutes, stirring to ensure they don’t burn or stick.
  3. Remove lid, season with salt and pepper, add cream and stir until the cream reduces slightly or you can’t resist eating it!.

Best served atop a medium-rare steak, steamed greens and my delicious white bean and chickpea ‘mash’.

Enjoy xx



15 Minute Monday – Speedy Massaman Beef Curry

Fast and tasty – this speedy massaman beef captures the same spicy, creamy coconut flavours of a slow cooked curry. 


  • 1 tbs peanut oil
  • 1 large brown onion – halved and sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic – diced
  • 1 medium red chilli – seeds removed and diced
  • 600g beef rump steak – cut into thin strip
  • 150g massaman curry paste
  • 1 tsp of sesame oil
  • 1 tbs of raw sugar
  • 1 tbs of soy sauce
  • 1 tbs fish sauce
  • 1 red capsicum – cut into thin strips
  • 1 medium head of broccoli – cut into florettes
  • 125ml light coconut milk
  • 50ml of water
  • Steamed rice and fresh coiander leaves – to serve


  1. Heat 1/2 the peanut oil in a wok over a medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and chilli, stir until fragrant and translucent.
  2. Add the beef in batches to brown.
  3. Add the remaining peanut oil, sesame oil and curry paste, stir until fragrant – this will take about 1 minute.
  4. Return the beef and add the sugar, fish sauce and soy sauce. Stir until well coated.
  5. Add the capsicum, broccoli, water and coconut milk. Bring to the simmer and leave to boil for five minutes – this will allow time for the sauce to thicken and vegetables to soften.
  6. Serve with steamed rice and fresh coriander leaves.


15 Minute Monday – Stir Fry Beef and Soba Noodles

Image: Australian Good Taste - August 2006, Page 63. Photography by William Meppem.

Image: Australian Good Taste – August 2006, Page 63. Photography by William Meppem.

Mondays are always busy – whether it’s work or kids everyone always seems to be flat off their feet and the last thing you want to worry about it cooking something healthy and tasty for dinner. Never fear – I will come to the rescue every Monday morning with a tasty, healthy and FAST meal solution the whole family will love.

My first edition of 15 Minute Monday is a staple recipe in our house of stir fry beef, vegetables and soba noodles. For those of you unfamiliar with soba noodles, soba is the Japanese term for buckwheat and simply refer to a thin buckwheat flour noodle. This colourful recipe is packed with healthy veggies and the soba noodles are a great alternative to white wheat noodles and are high in antioxidants, contain all eight essential amino acids and lysine which is lacking in white wheat products.


  • 1 large brown onion – sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves – minced
  • 200g of beef rump – cut into strips
  • 1 carrot – cut into matchsticks
  • 1 bunch of broccolini or broccoli – cut into florets
  • 1 tin of baby corn spears – sliced diagonally
  • 1 bok choy – sliced into 2cm pices
  • 3 tbs soy sauce
  • 3 tbs oyster sauce
  • 2 tbs sweet chilli sauce
  • 1 tbs rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbs peanut oil
  • 90g organic dried soba noodles
  • Fresh coriander leaves to serve


  1. Add 1 tbs of peanut oil to a hot pan, over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and garlic, cook until tender.
  3. Add the beef and cook to brown.
  4. Add all vegetables and sauces, simmer on a high heat until sauce reduces and thickens.
  5. Meanwhile, cook noodles as per packet instructions.
  6. Toss the noodles through the beef and vegetables.
  7. Top with fresh coriander leaves and serve!