Just five more recipes to go and I'm staying with the mothership for the weekend. It was the last weekend that I've had to do battle with the 'I need to cook for my blog' issue and I thought I'd warm her up to the idea by offering to cook what used to be her favourite meal. I don't know if it still is (I forgot to ask and can't be bothered to walk downstairs to check). But I remember being fascinated as a child, on rare meals out to The Four Horseshoes in Nursling, by the waiter burning my mum's tea at the table whilst everyone stared.
The recipe comes from Dame Mary's Complete Cookbook. According to my mother, the Steak Diane connoisseur it's not authentic because it doesn't have cream in it. A quick Google reveals that Gordon and AWT use cream. The Wikipedia description doesn't mention cream. There aren't that many 'sleb chef versions of it on the web - probably because it's considered naff as its a seventies throw back.
Despite its grand French name, the sauce is simple enough to make. Sautee some onions; add that French classic Worcestershire sauce; season with parsley, lemon juice, salt and pepper and then pour in some flaming brandy. At the brandy lighting point I had to remind my mother that I am 35 and quite capable of setting light to alcohol by myself without supervision. She's probably right not to trust me as I nearly set the extractor fan alight at Christmas when I flambeed the Christmas pudding (although she doesn't know this as she was too busy acquainting herself with the wine).
The meal went down well with the family although I found the sauce a little too oily for my taste. I appreciate the sunflower oil was to stop the butter burning but I think I could've gotten away with one tablespoon rather than two.
Four more days and counting!