Artichoke and Tomato Steak Salad for a mid-week brain chatter crisis

This is about a mid-week, no-fuss, hunger-satisfying, forget-about-the gourmet dinner.  Plain. Austere almost.  With a hint of defiance: don’t you dare add anything else … it is what it is, and it is meant to be what it is meant to be!  What you see is what you get.  Get it?  It’s what you crave at the end of a busy day when thoughts have been flurrying at great speed, and any reasonable answer is irritatingly AWOL,  and all you need is nourishment to end as interminable volleying of nagging ideas.

When you have finished eating this, you know you will have made a big dent in that uncharismatic brain chatter … and that, in itself, is cause for celebration.  Pillows and a good night’s sleep beckon …

Steak, tomatoes and artichokes.  A tiny bit of olive oil, and salt and pepper.

IMG_5823Here are the artichokes …

IMG_5825Clean and prep them, and quarter them and then cut them into eighths … and pan fry them in plenty of olive oil, until they are tender.  Set aside.

IMG_5826Cherry tomatoes … cook them in plenty of olive oil with a couple of cloves of garlic and a few rosemary needles.  Sprinkle salt and tiny amount of sugar (tiny).


A couple of very nice, juicy steaks … that I was about to cook using only a little bit of olive oil and salt …IMG_5827I was lucky in that I had this fantastic salt from the Cecchini Butcher’s store …


IMG_5829Because the steaks were so ‘thick’, I cooked them on their sides as well …

IMG_5830This is what they looked like when I turned them over.  The oven was on at 100°C …

IMG_5831IMG_5834I put them in the oven, directly in their pan, and left them there for five minutes.

IMG_5835After removing the steaks from the oven, I covered them with this rather droll looking pan lid (it belongs to a wok).  The idea is to allow the meat to ‘cool down’ a little, which makes it more tender, and allows some of its juices to flow into the pan.  And the juices are of course … a sort of gravy.

IMG_5836I sliced up the steaks …


Got my serving dish ready …IMG_5837Placed the slices of steak on the serving dish, and then added the artichokes …


I then added the cooked tomatoes, as well as the juices from the tomatoes and the steak.  A good sprinkling of salt and pepper and …

IMG_5839Dinner is ready.  A bit of bread to mop it all up … a glass of red wine.  Some water too, on the table, to refresh ourselves.

Some days are like that: antsy and annoying and energy-depleting … and cooking, which is normally such a delight, can seem very daunting — punishing even.  This is the just the sort of recipe for THAT kind of day: it that is so quick and easy to make (30 minutes?), and tastes so rewarding, that it ends up cranking up our serotonin levels.

By the time you’ve dabbed that last little bit of bread in the last bit of sauce on the plate … you remember how lucky you actually are — and the problems that have been assailing you all day fade into the background.

Tomorrow is another day:

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12 Responses to Artichoke and Tomato Steak Salad for a mid-week brain chatter crisis

  1. Delicious Jo. That steak looks perfect … and artichokes … yum!

  2. Bet that tasted amazing! And I love artichokes – which I haven’t had in years. Must look out for those.

  3. Francesca says:

    Yes, Scarlett! 😉 You are right! Perfect recipe for one of those days (lately, I’m having a lot of those days, should I start worring? 😉 ) The artichokes look wonderful. The artichokes that I buy here taste like … soap! 😦 Yours look so yummy and tasteful. And don’t even get me started on the steaks. The color of the meat is amazing.

  4. Gareth says:

    Our kind of food when you have ingredients as good as yours appear in the photos. Beautifully balanced flavour of the bitter and sweet. Thank you Jo from one who’s mind chatters all too much. X

  5. Sandy Grushcow says:

    Looks very good, Jo. I made steaks last night but didn’t read this until today so next time I will try it. Sandy

  6. rachel says:

    Looks damn delicious. You always inspire.

  7. Valentina says:

    Hunger-satisfying food is the best food, gourmet food is to putt around.

  8. putneyfarm says:

    Beautiful and it sounds very, very tasty. Will try when our artichokes come in…

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