Fibre optics: letting the meat relax to room temperature before cooking loosens it up / Riverford
Mustard-crusted roast beef with white-bean mash and walnut-dressed beans, from Riverford

Prep and cook 45 mins
Serves 2

This is a great dish using our mini-roast-beef joint, perfect for two. Sealed and coated with mustard and garlic, then thinly sliced and served on a creamy red-onion and white-bean mash. Finely chop your rosemary until it looks like breadcrumbs, this will help it cook down without leaving any sharp, hard little nuggets when you come to eat the beans. It’s important to leave any cooked joint of meat out of the oven for a little while before carving. This allows the meat fibres to relax and the juices to permeate the meat, giving you a juicier joint. It really won’t lose its heat too much but if you are at all concerned about this, loosely cover it with foil.


1 large or 2 small red onions
10g rosemary
30g fresh chervil – use half
​200g green beans
​300g beef mini roast 
oil for frying & roasting e.g. sunflower or light olive
2 garlic cloves
1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
2 tins of cannellini beans – use 1½ tins
25g walnut pieces
1 lemon
Olive oil

Preheat your oven to 220C. Peel and finely dice the red onion(s). Pick the leaves off the rosemary and very finely chop so they resemble breadcrumbs. Wash half the bag of chervil and leave to drain. Wash the green beans and trim off the stalk tops.

Rub the beef mini-roast with a little oil and season with salt and pepper. Heat a frying pan. When hot, sear the beef on all sides to brown and seal it. Make sure it has a good dark brown colour to the outside.

Transfer the beef to a baking dish. Peel and finely chop or crush 2 garlic cloves. Mix it with the mustard and 1 tbsp of oil. Smother it over the beef. Transfer to the oven and cook for 15 or 20 mins for rare or medium-rare meat, or a little longer, 25 mins or so, for well done. 

Once the beef goes in, heat 2 tbsp of oil in a saucepan. Add the onion and rosemary. Fry for 10 mins, stirring often. Add a splash of water if it looks like catching at any point. Next, make the cannellini mash. Drain and rinse the beans. You just need 1½ tins, so keep some back in a pot in the fridge and use in lunchbox salads. Rinse out and fill 1 of the tins a quarter full with cold water. Put a pan of water on to boil for the green beans. After 10 mins, add the cannellini beans to the onion. Add the water in the tin.

Bring up to a simmer. Cook for 5 mins, stirring often; the beans will start to break down a little and become creamy. Give them a prod here and there with your spoon to break them down further, adding a splash more water to stop them getting too dried out, if needs be. Once cooked, remove the beef from the oven and leave it to one side to rest for 10 mins. Chop the walnuts up so the pieces are nice and small. Cook the green beans in the pan of boiling water for approx 4 mins or so, until just tender but still with a little squeak. Drain the beans and toss with the walnuts, a little squeeze of lemon juice, a glug of olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. 

Season the white-bean mash with salt and pepper to your taste (gently reheated if necessary). Serve with the green beans and thinly sliced beef.

Kimchi: not to dissimilar to sauerkraut (Riverford)
Crispy Korean beef with summer greens, kimchi and rice, from Riverford

Prep and cook 30 mins
Serves 2

The trick with the beef is to get it as brown as you can before adding the spices and sauce. Browning meat creates deeper and more complex flavours, as well as adding pleasantly crisp edges for texture.

Rather than cook the greens in oil you can keep the leaves wet after washed and rely on the residual water to lightly steam them in a hot saucepan.

Kimchi is a punchy fermented condiment from South Korea, not too dissimilar to sauerkraut. It is fresh, crisp and deeply savoury. If you are unsure, add to taste; we’d recommend the lot!

100g brown basmati rice
25g ginger
1 garlic clove
2 spring onions 
1 fresh chilli
oil for frying e.g. sunflower
​250g beef mince
​200g summer greens
2 tablespoons tamari
½ tablespoon mirin
2 tablespoons kimchi
½ tablespoon sesame seeds
1 lime

Put a kettle of water on to boil. Rinse the rice in a sieve under cold running water. Place in a saucepan with a pinch of salt. Cover well with boiling water and simmer for 25 mins until tender. Meanwhile, peel and finely grate enough of the ginger so you have approx. 1 tbsp. Peel and finely chop 1 garlic clove. Trim and finely slice 2 spring onions. Deseed and finely slice the chilli.

Heat 1 tbsp oil in a frying pan. Fry the beef for 10 mins on a medium heat, turning often, until well coloured (see cook’s note). While the beef browns, strip the summer green leaves away from their tough central stalks. Discard the stalks and finely shred the leaves. Wash them well but don’t dry them (see cook’s note). 

Add the garlic and ginger to the beef. Fry for 2 mins. Add the tamari, mirin, spring onions and as much chilli as you fancy. Fry for a further 2 mins. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

Leave to rest.Put another saucepan on the heat. Add the greens and cook for 4-5 mins, until wilted and tender. Add a dash more water if needed. When cooked, stir in the kimchi. Taste and adjust the seasoning with more salt if needed.

Drain the rice and serve with the beef and greens. Garnish with the sesame seeds and a wedge of lime.