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Steak Salad – Just A Bit Different

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We  have come to expect a steak salad to be mostly beef and greens, usually with an afterthought of a few cucumbers, tomatoes and onions thrown in. (Myself – guilty) 🙂 😦
So today I went into a different direction, with a salad of pickled artichokes, sliced red onions, diced tomatoes, black beans and garbanzos in a delicious sweet chili, garlic confit and cilantro vinaigrette .
The result was a spectacular dish, outstanding in looks, taste and texture.
Definitely a permanent addition to my personal repertoir.
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Bon Appétit !   Life is Good !
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Sweet Chili, Garlic Confit And Cilantro Vinaigrette Recipe :
Mix 1/2 cup olive oil with 10 cloves of garlic confit, 1 tblsp sweet thai chili sauce, 1 tblsp chopped cilantro, 2 tblsp rice vinegar and kosher salt to taste.
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Steak Salad - Just A bit Different

Steak Salad – Just A Bit Different

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Steak Salad - Just A bit Different

Steak Salad – Just A Bit Different

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Artichoke & Legume Salad

Artichoke & Legumes Salad

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Preparation :
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Beef And Bean Burrito

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Nowadays,  most folks are familiar with burritos. International cuisine with its many variations has come to the farthest corners of the world and that’s a great thing. Not so great is the fact that most of the ethnic food has been bastardized to the point of no return. I am not talking about changing and improving the originals, which is fine as long as you can still figure out the origin behind the dish. No,  I am talking about replacing good, simple, honest ingredients with cheap crap, third-rate fillers which have the sole purpose to make a buck. When it comes to burritos, I have come across some incredible bad, tasteless excuses for the real thing lately in a variety of “Mexican” eateries here in South Florida. The filling usually has consisted of mainly rice and shredded lettuce wrapped in a tortilla, then re-heated in an oven and served with the usual condiments for laughable prices. Seems that instead of burritos on the plate, there are burros in the kitchen ? ! 😦
I prepare burritos often at home and the one thing they all have in common is the quality of ingredients I use for the filling and the fact that I cook them on a  Comal  or cast-iron pan to get that great crispy outside so essential to a great burrito (In my Opinion, anyway :-).
As long as you use a great filling, burritos are easy, quick and they ROCK 🙂
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Beef And Bean Burrito

Beef And Bean Burrito

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Beef And Bean Burrito

Beef And Bean Burrito

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Schwäbischer Zwiebelrostbraten Mit Bratkartoffeln

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There  are two way’s of preparing the onions for a traditional Schwäbischer Zwiebelrostbraten : Dusted with flour, then deep-fried until crisp (click here to see that version), or sautéed in the pan without the flour. While both versions are excellent, the one with the flour-dusted onions is usually prepared when larger quantities are required (the onions keep well when kept in a sealed container and are ready when needed). On the other hand, when preparing at home one usually sautés  the onions in order to be more efficient. So as a rule of thumb, when I cook for guests, I fry my onions; when I just cook for myself (and Bella), I usually sauté the onions. Decisions, decisions :-). When I was preparing the potatoes I pondered about the fact how we are always looking for more complicated, prettier and more exclusive food, while something as simple as these Bratkartoffeln can be wonderfully beautiful and delicious in their simplicity.
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Schwäbischer Zwiebelrostbraten Mit Bratkartoffeln

Schwäbischer Zwiebelrostbraten Mit Bratkartoffeln

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Schwäbischer Zwiebelrostbraten Mit Bratkartoffeln

Schwäbischer Zwiebelrostbraten Mit Bratkartoffeln

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Beef Satay’s

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Although peanut sauce is one of my favorite condiments for grilled or broiled meat, today I opted for Thai Chili Sauce instead. The combination of the beef, rice, pickled cucumbers and chili sauce was absolutely delicious and I am sure that in the future I will be having this dish often, whenever a quick, light and tasty meal is in order 🙂
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Beef Satay's

Beef Satay’s

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Beef Satay's

Beef Satay’s

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Almost Vegetarian

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Yesterday’s  dinner plan was simple enough – just a few grilled vegetables and some tonkatsu dipping sauce. But when I started grilling and looked what was cooking, I felt I had to add a few little things, namely a New York strip steak, pork chop, morcilla and chorizo.  Now I had a meal 🙂
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Tonkatsu Dipping Sauce Recipe

grilled strip steak, pork chop, morcilla, chorizo, tomato, asparagus, tomato

sauteed strip steak, pork chop, morcilla and chorizo, grilled tomato, asparagus, potato

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Sauted Strip Steak , Cauliflower Tortilla & Sriracha/Garlic Butter

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Sunday’s  late lunch / early dinner (4.00pm)
After sleeping-in late (7.30am and enjoying a big breakfast of strawberry smoothies and goose liver pate stuffed croissants, I did not feel hungry at lunch time and held out until late afternoon.
But then I knew I would have to combine lunch and dinner, so it needed to be a substantial meal, otherwise the snack monster would haunt me early in the evening. This is the first time I made a Spanish Tortilla with cauliflower and tomatoes and it made me realize what a great dish I’ve been missing all my live. What a wonderful dish. It can stand on it’s own, as breakfast, snack, even a complete meal if accompanied by a small salad, served hot or at room temperature. You can of course use different vegetables, different cheeses, add protein such as sausage, bacon, shrimp, crab meat, add different herbs, etc. The possibilities are endless and only limited by your fantasy 🙂
If you ever want to reproduce this dish, just make sure the cauliflower / vegetables are blanched  al dente, so that the tortilla has a bit of a bite to it. While I was cooking the tortilla, I also added grated parmesan cheese to the whisked eggs, (not featured in the mise en place picture). You can omit the cheese, but it definitely adds another level of depth to the dish.
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Sauted Strip Steak , CauliflowerTortila & Sriracha/Garlic Butter

Sauted Strip Steak , Cauliflower Tortilla & Sriracha/Garlic Butter

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Ingredients :

Tortilla :

Cauliflower rosettes,   blanched al dente
Eggs,  whole, whisked, seasoned with kosher salt, cayenne and grated parmesan
Grape tomatoes,
Butter,

Method :

Saute cauliflower and tomatoes briefly in butter, add egg mixture and cook covered on low heat until eggs have set but are not dry. Slide onto a dinner plate, top with the saute pan, invert and cook other side of tortilla until golden.
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Steak :

Season teak with salt, granulated garlic and freshly ground black pepper and saute both sides until desired doneness. Remember the carry over heat will cook it  one more level after you remove the steak from the pan! Let the steak rest for ten minutes before slicing !

Butter :

Mix softened butter with sriracha, roasted  garlic paste, a bit of lime juice and kosher salt.

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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Mafaldine, Striploin, Mushrooms & Chilis

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Dinner  for two :
Sauteed strip loin, mafaldine, mushrooms, chilis and grape tomatoes with garlic and scallions.
Simplicity at it’s best 🙂

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Mafaldine, Striploin, Mushrooms & Chilis

Mafaldine, Striploin, Mushrooms & Chilis

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” Steak + Salad = Bliss + Beauty “


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A Simple
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The  chicharrones de puerco  on the salad added much taste and texture.

Striploin
Chimichurri
Sauted mushroom with onion and garlic

Lettuce
Bologna
Gorgonzola
Radish
Onion
Scallion
Chicharrones
Raspberry Vinaigrette

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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