Saturday, April 24, 2010

Beef Wellington From The Tummies' Kitchen And Our 200th post

This is the tummies' 200th post. When I first started my blog 6 months ago most people thought it would not last for more than a month. I have slowed down a little but more than ever I am going to make this blog better every time I put up a new post. Not a very exciting and good week for me personally, but it has been very rewarding when it comes to my experiments in the kitchen. It was just me and one other tummy for dinner tonight and he decided we (really he meant I) should be making Beef Wellington. Completely out of my comfort zone and armed with not the most useful information on the internet I started my quest to tackle one of the most well known classics for the first time. We were both extremely happy with the end result and I am proud to say this recipe certainly is going to give you the perfect Beef Wellington time and time again.

serves 4 with side dishes
you'll need;
oven preheated at 180 C 
4 x 125g beef fillet, seasoned with salt and pepper
300g of field mushrooms, roughly chopped
3 tsp of pate (optional)
3 tbs of English mustard
6 slices of thinly sliced pancetta or prosciutto (optional)*
puff pastry
1 egg beaten 
salt and pepper to taste
* there are versions using crepe 

To make the mushroom and pate paste - place chopped mushrooms into a food processor and blend to a paste. Fry mushroom paste with a little salt (without oil) til you get a condensed paste (get rid of as much liquid as possible). Remove from pan,  mix in the pate and set aside.

Brown beef fillets in a hot pan, rest for 5 minutes and brush with English mustard. Set aside.

To assemble - lay down a piece cling film on your work bench, place 1.5 piece of pancceta on the film and smear a thin layer of mushroom and pate paste over. Place the steak on top and a little more mushroom paste over the steak, wrap firmly and chill for 10 minutes.

The parcels should look like this, don't forget to remove the piece of film before wrapping of course :)

Wrap the parcels with puff pastry and try your best to make them look nice (I am very bad at this) Place them onto a baking tray, brush with a little egg wash and chill for another 10 minutes.

Bake in a preheated oven at 180 C for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and rest for 5 minutes.

Serve with side dishes of your choice. We had roast potatoes and saute green beans with almond. Blanched silverbeet or spinach could have been a better side dish as this is an extremely rich dish!

The moment of truth.... success of failure just a cut away.

A closer inspection... perfectly cooked!


  1. Was this inspired by Masterchef? Or just a coincidence? lalalaa... Congrats on your 200th post!!

  2. Dears,
    Allow me to be the first one to congratulate you tummies on hitting such a fabulous milestone.The dish looks very tempting even for a person who doesn't eat beef.Splendid results for the first time.

  3. Damn, that girl(msihua) beat me to it.

  4. Looks delicious. Great instructions. And congrats on 200! Wow!

  5. There are perfect for your first attempt, well done!
    Congratulations on your 200th post!

  6. Hahaha... Cool Lassi(e).. my apologies =)

  7. Congratz on your 200th post! Great dish for it, too.

  8. Great job with your first attempt and your 200th post!! The beef looks just what it should be!

  9. Congrats on your 200th post! Always inspired by your great cooking.

  10. Congratulations on your 200th post! Great work with the beef wellington! The looks perfect to me!

  11. What a delicious way to celebrate 200 posts-YUM!

    I hope that next week is better for you. Take care and enjoy some R&R over the long weekend!

    Best wishes always,

  12. Congratulations on your 200th post! What a meal for the celebration....your beef wellington looks so juicy delicious! Good job!
    Have a great weekend!
    Cheers, Kristy

  13. I saw beef wellington faetured on Masterchef too! It would inspire a hungry tummy!
    Congratulations on your 200th post!

  14. msihua ,
    Haha thank you! That show is banned in our house :)

    Cool Lassi(e),
    Oh thank you very much dear! You are the second one so still special :)

    All Our Fingers in the Pie,
    Thank you very much! :)

    Thank you very much! It was not a celebration at all..but it was quite hard work lol

    Thank you very much!

    Thank you very much!

    Oh thank you! :)

    Thank you! Yes I am pretty happy with that.

    Natasha ,
    Thank you very much! You too enjoy your weekend!

    Thank you very much! :)

    Thank you very much! We banned that show here :)

  15. Wow 200th post! Congratulations!
    This is new to me, it looks very delicious! Very impressive for your first attempt!

  16. Congratulations on post 200. It really is a milestone. I also love your Wellington. It is gorgeous. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  17. Harriet from CarltonApril 24, 2010 at 11:59 AM

    How wonderful to have such perfectly cooked beef wellington to celebrate your 200th post! Congratulations and soon it will be 2000th post!

  18. congrats on 200 wonderful and mouth watering posts, and this is perfect your a star in the kitchen hope next week is better personally for you

    LOL Rebecca

  19. Congrats on reaching 200 posts and a great recipe to reach the milestone. Beef nice and rare too!

  20. Congratulations 3 tummies....
    you did 200 posts in just 6 months...kudos!!!
    the recipe befits the occasion.

  21. Congrats on your 200th post!
    That recipe looks and sounds divine!
    Hope you have a great weekend!
    Betty xx

  22. Super rico ademas de bonito!!
    Adoro el hojaldre y con ese relleno mas!!
    Mil besos.

  23. hai tummy..anda memang hebat!!!makcik harap one day makcik dapat makan masakan Tummy:)hari ni dan besok makcik cuti...dapur tidak berasap:)

  24. This is wonderful buddy, 200th post and managed to cook a successful classic for the first time! Keep the posts coming and fell better!

  25. You're a fantastic cook. I hope you know that. Congrats on your 200th post! An achievement in itself!

  26. You cook the most amazing food! 2ooth post and many more great ones to come.Tq for sharing your amazing talent. :)

  27. Rebecca,
    Thank you darling! :)

    Mr Noodles ,
    Thank you very much! It is all rather exciting!

    THank you! :)

    THank you darling! xxx

    Muchas gracias!

    makcikmanggis ,
    Oh pasti satu hari nanti kita akan makan bersama makcik!

    mycookinghut ,
    Thank you!

    fitzboy ,
    Thank buddy it is great!\

    Ju ,
    Thank you darling! you r very kind :)

    Thank you darling! I have to say the same thing to you as what I said to Ju, you are very kind and thanks for coming out from your "hidding" :)

  28. Congratulations!
    I adore the Beef Wellington, but never have guts to do it myself, too complicated for me.
    You cook so well.

  29. as usual i'm drooling over it...yummy yumm...

  30. félicitation pour ce 200ème poste et merci pour cette savoureuse recette qui me tente beaucoup
    bonne journée

  31. Wow, again I am impressed! A classic dish perfectly done, that is just the way it should look. Your parcels look pretty, nice touch with the leaf! Your tutorial with the photos make it possible for any of us to make it, or at least think we can! :D

    Congrats on you 200th post, and only a few away from 200 followers too!

  32. Congrats on your 200th post! Love all your post....drool all the time! This one, too :D Waiting for the Kuching laksa :P

  33. Great addition of the prosciutto!! and what perfect individual wellingtons....bravo!!
    I am so Glad to have found your blog!!

  34. Hi 3HT. Congrats on your 200th post. Well done. It took me a year to reach there !

  35. Beef Wellington! What a grand dish! I haven't seen this dish in decades! Thanks for posting your tried and true recipe, which I will keep for future reference, as the sight of yours made me want to make it too!

  36. Oh how amazing, 200th post in just six months? I didn't realise your blog was so young. I am very, very impressed and amazed. Well done on maintianing such a fabulous and informative blog and well done on the perfect beef wellington (I've never attempted one before :))

  37. Wow, what a delicious looking dish! I love it! Congrats on the 200th post! That is an accomplishment!

  38. Congras on 200th post! And this wellington looks so good. I must attempt it one day.

  39. Wow 200 great posts in 6 months! Your blog and the food you share here is such inspiration to get into the kitchen!
    Your beef wellington looks to die for, well done!

  40. Hy,

    Chanced upon ur blog, while blog hopping. You have fab collection of fascinating recipes. Glad to follow u. Do drop in at my blog sometime.

  41. Congratulations on your 200th post darling and the wellingtons are great!

    Vijay and Sophia xxx

  42. Congratulations on your 200th post hehe
    I don't know this dish but it looks very good!

  43. Congrats on ur 200th post and beef dish looks truly incredible..

  44. Angie,
    Thank you very much! It is quite a lot of work involved lol I do prefer something simpler :)

    Cicily Antony ,
    Thank you very much!

    Merci beaucoup! :)

    Thank you very much! I was nervous throughout lol
    Haha I was hoping it will get to 200 before my next post :)

    Thank you very much!
    Kuching laksa is on the way! :)

    Chef Dennis ,
    Thank you very much! It is fun trying out classics :)
    Thanks for following my blog too

    Thank you very much..I am slowing down a little but looking forward to my 500th post :)

    tasteofbeirut ,
    Thank you very much! :)

    shaz ,
    Thank you very much! I promise I will keep it up! Thanks for being a great supporter and my blogger friend!

    Thank you very much! :)

    Thank you! :)

    Thank you :) You won't have to try hard :)

    Tricia F ,
    Haha thank you very much! :)

    Thank you very much! I will check it out!

    Vijay + Sophia darling,
    Thank you very much! xxx

    little panda ,
    Thank you!
    Now you know and you must try it! :)

    Thank you very much! :)

  45. What a fabulously gorgeously mouth watering way to celebrate 200 :0)

  46. May I congratulate you on your 200th post? this is great news! This beef wellington goes way beyond any English lords great expectations! The meat cooked perfectly and the color outstanding your culinary ability shines here.
    The coming days will improve despite the previous ones preparing food is a spiritual thing and no matter what happens in our life good or bad the sun will rise again nature prevails.. Congrats!

  47. Congrats on your 200th post! I always go to your blog for inspiration! Keep it up!

  48. Mon mari adore !! ils sont parfaitement réussis bravo

  49. Congratulations! Celebrating with pastry is always a great idea, and you've cooked the meat perfectly too, hooray!

  50. 恭喜恭喜!好豐富的一餐呀!你真的好棒!

  51. I'm very late..but somehow I missed this post the other day...This looks so great! I had just bought some puff pastry...its so tempting to make you recipe...but I doubt I will have you success....Congrats on your 200th post my friend!

  52. that's great. were you inspired by the Masterchef having it as one of their challenges. congrats on the 200th post. i've never tried before but will keep your recipe as reference when i get to try it myself :-)


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