Cooking to impress

Cooking to impress

For those of us who are more of the ‘eat to live’ rather than ‘live to eat’ types, presenting a home cooked meal early on in a relationship can be a daunting prospect. Finding an easy-to-cook recipe online is a breeze – but finding one that is both simple and impressive can be more tasking. Show that you know your way around the kitchen with this easy but delicious stir-fry recipe by Annabel Langbein


Lime and Sesame Beef Stir-fry

‘This is a great one-pot dinner to make with store-cupboard noodles and whatever fresh ingredients you have to hand. I like it with beef and broccoli. Depending on how hungry you are, you could add another bundle of noodles to bulk it out.’

Prep time:5 mins. Cook time:15 mins


250–300g lean beef eg fillet or sirloin steak, sliced super-thinly

zest of 1 lime

2 cloves garlic finely sliced

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 teaspoon sesame oil

190–270g dried udon or soba noodles, cooked according to packet instructions

1 head broccoli, cut into small florets

1 tablespoon neutral oil

1 tablespoon oyster sauce

2 tablespoons water 1 head bok choy, leaves separated (or spinach)

handful of snow peas

1 spring onion finely sliced

2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

2 tablespoons lime juice

Mix beef with lime zest, garlic, soy sauce and sesame oil. Leave to stand on the bench while you cook the noodles. Add broccoli to the noodles in the last 2 minutes of cooking. Tip into a colander and cool under cold water; drain well.

Heat oil in a wok or large frypan and stir-fry meat over high heat for 1 minute. Add oyster sauce, water, bok choy and snow peas and stir-fry for another minute. Add drained noodles and broccoli, spring onion and sesame seeds. Toss over high heat for 1 minute; mix in lime juice. Serve at once.


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