Hastings on Food Timeless pepper and mushroom steak

2015-04-30 14:59

SALUTATIONS palm hearts and red hot peppers. Regardless that sex, drugs and rock n roll has been replaced by Aids, crystal meth and techno, the simple pepper steak has remained consistent.

With the right food or music you either forget everything or remember everything so if you want to reach 100 go to bed and sleep, stop sitting up and worrying.

Longevity is the uncommon extension of the fear of death, whereby it is important to avoid stress, worry and tension.

How better to combat this than to gaze at beautiful scenery or well-presented foods that promote virtue, strength, health and happiness, are insatiably juicy, unequalled substantially smooth and completely agreeable to the palette

So pray tell what in essence is longevity.

More than a third of the 826 000 babies born in 2012 will live to 100, of this percentage 156 000 will be girls while 135 000 will be boys. Imagine how many letters heads of states and royalty will have to send to every one of them.

Should this longevity be celebrated, I think not. Yes, they might have escaped cancer, heart diseases and strokes, but also will most definitely suffer from social isolation as they outlive family and loved ones and they might have inadequate housing and health care and be more burdensome to those around them instead of a blessing.

This is due to our nature as human beings and we are shockingly poor at planning for the future. We mostly deal with our day-to-day issues and rarely tackle issues that are a few years away. How could we possibly then plan and implement measures that are half a century or more away.

Subsequently with this new zest for life when we retire at 60 we will in theory still have 60 years to go, we will have to learn to have many careers in our life time and will be able to acquire more hobbies, absorb new things, study additional languages travel the globe more and could quite possibly join an orchestra at 100.

Basically in a nut shell, if you look for youth, you’re looking for longevity. It’s just like a dose of rock and roll that keeps you going similar to the caffeine in your coffee it is good for the soul, for the well-being for the psyche for everything.

We come to love it to the extent that we can’t imagine even being without it for an instance.

Reflections about longevity have long formed a part of and have been the topic for writings by scientists, travelers, authors of science fiction and utopian novels. A tree struck by lightning destined to be felled is as beautiful, dignified and admirable next to the man who wields the axe threating its longevity.

In areas around the world called blue zones, whereby people are known to live active lives past 100, it is debated that the longevity is in fact due to genetics, having a healthy social family life, not smoking eating plant and nut based diets, partaking in frequent consistent physical activities, regular consumption of oysters maintaining a normal BMI and using alcohol to cleanse the system once a week, sleeping seven to eight hours per night and not snacking between meals

So unless we find the famed fountain of youth with its constant stirring by angels, today’s life expectancy must be viewed that even with all the new technology and medical advances, it is unlikely that most people will live beyond 85.

Even so our egotism desire to live longer will still be overshadowed by the bow whale who lived to be 211, the giant aldabra tortoise that survived 250 years, the Antarctic clam with a maximum of 507 years and other species known to reach 374 years. Behold the granddaddy of them all - a bristlecone pine tree in the white mountains of California that is about 4 800 years old being the longest lived single organism.

Let’s salute the likes of Jeralean Talley, who at 115 years and 338 days is the world’s oldest living person. Lament­ Jiroemon Kimura who celebrated his 116 birthday in April 2013 and who died on 12 June 2013.

According to some theorists in 500 years’ time, everyone will live to around 200.

However, remember it is the quality and not the duration of one’s life that is of fundamental importance.

So it’s not that we can’t live to be over 100 it’s rather do we really wish to do so, either way It certainly won’t mean a thing if you aint got the swing.



•300 grams fillet steak trimmed and portioned

•Rio largo olive oil

•1 table spoon crushed rainbow pepper corns

•50 grams button mushrooms diced

•1 tot brandy

•2 table spoons beef gravy

•75 ml cream

•2 large tomatoes

•1 bunch cooked and chopped Spinach

•1 diced baby marrow

•1 red onion chopped

•salt pepper,

•vegetable spice

•herbs for garnish


•Hollow out two large tomatoes - set aside.

•Sauté onions and baby marrows, season and keep warm.

•Sauté onions and spinach, add a drop of cream season and keep warm.

•Fill the tomatoes with the mixtures and keep warm.

•Season the steak with olive oil and spices of choice and grill till desired preference.

•In a pan sauté some onions, and mushrooms add the crushed peppers

•Flame with the brandy

•Add the cream and allow to completely reduce into a thick sauce

•Add the meat gravy

•Set meat aside to rest

•Heat the tomatoes on the plate

•Add the rested steak

•Top with the sauce

•Garnish with micro herbs

•Serve with salad and starch of choice.


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