As Fate Has It?

I have to share this – sorry not our own recipe but food is all about sharing none the less!

So only 6 months ago family B was living in Saudi. Not much to do there (that’s a subject open to discussion) so cooking was an excellent means of entertainment. Somehow I had been on the web and found a recipe for a “secret sauce”. How could one resist? It was for steak and one thing you could buy in Saudi was some excellent beef. Food shopping was a family highlight and the ranges of foods was amazing IF you were willing to explore. I found an amazing asian supermarket for instance is a search for Dashi. I digress….
So we bought the ingredients for said secret sauce – it was apparently a copy of the sauce from Relais de Venise – sometime called Entrecote. Here is the recipe taken from a chap online.

1 tbsp olive oil
2 large shallots, sliced
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 cups chicken stock
1 tsp pepper
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 bunch tarragon, leaves removed and chopped
1/4 cup white wine
4 tbsp unsalted butter
3 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp anchovy paste
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon salt
Heat olive oil in a small pot over medium heat. Sauté the garlic and shallots until soft. Add the stock and simmer for a few minutes. Add the remaining ingredients, except the butter and transfer to a food processor or blender. Puree until smooth, return to the pot on low heat and reduce for several minutes if the sauce is too thin. Stir in butter to finish.
Makes enough sauce for six to eight servings of steak.

You can find it here.

Any way we loved the recipe! It went down well with some local grape juice. It is rich, silky smooth and if you are savoury vs sweet then you will finish it off with your fingers!

Cut forward to January this year. I am looking for an apartment for everyone in Paris. One night home late I see a small queue to enter a bistro… I join it as I look up in the rain and see “Relais de Venise” home of the sauce!!!! Wow!!!

So in I go – it’s packed. Jeffery Saad has called it touristy – I disagree, at least the night I was there there appeared to by hundreds of Parisians tucking into sumptuous steak, frites and that sauce! The atmosphere was amazing. The lady who runs the place was on the door – glamorous and incredibly efficient. Was the sauce superb?… hmmmmm that’s so hard to say. Truth said we have massively enjoyed cooking it at home. It’s not a perfect match but sod that as it is great. We had it last night – apparently best batch thus far. Please enjoy…. and how weird to find the recipe by accident in Saudi and months later to find it home again by accident! By the way we use it with Cote De Boeuf now! mmmmmmm Cote de Boeuf – the one cut the french have right…

Matt B

Author: Matt B

Was in Houston, now is Saudia Arabia with my fantastic family. Missing our friends in Houston!

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