Monday, 10 November 2014

Roast Beef with Cumin Crust

Absence really does do wonders. For a while i was beginning to lose my spark for all things food and blamed the lack of inspiration on moving house and change in careers. It's safe to say that the break has brought me back to what i love most, food, styling and seeing my family's food grins.

whole roast beef by the window

November marks a month of revival as i return to my sense of being and creativity. During work i wandered through our library of vintage cook books and was amazed to find treats to revive and add a twist to. No doubt a classic roast and pastry desserts were the common pages and i could not wait to set up the new kitchen.

birds eye view of sliced roast beef

Spoiled with various spices to choose from, i decided to keep this roast beef simple but flavorsome. Cumin and a Moroccan spice blend was rubbed in to the beef and wrapped in baking paper for a intense and robust kick. The result is delicious and when roasted sets off a wonderful cumin crust with a smoky after taste. If you are up to add a twist to a classic Sunday roast i can assure you this one is a crowd pleaser.

roast beef on the side

Items You Need:

- 1 tablespoon of cumin seeds
- 1 teaspoon of paprika
- 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
- A pinch of chopped up mint
- 1 teaspoon of caraway seeds
- A pinch of chilli powder
- 1 Kg of  topside beef

*Please note that you can also use a middle eastern spice ready blended in a bottle at your local grocer.

What's Next?

1. Add all the ingredients aside from the beef in to a bowl and mix well. You want to make a mixed powder to rub in to the beef

2. Rub the spice blend in to the beef and ensure all crevices of the beef has been covered.

3. Wrap with baking paper and place in a bowl to refrigerate for one hour.

4. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius and place the roast beef (without the baking paper) on a tray for roasting.

5. For medium to well done (as pictured) leave in the oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes. For medium rare remove 15 minutes earlier.

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