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July 21, 2018 - July 27, 2018

Tenderizing local steak

A discussion at a dinner table the other evening centered on how do you tenderize cheaper cuts of steak.  No professional chefs at the table, but the consensus was that imported Wagyu was just too expensive for the family dinner, especially with non-professional weekend BBQ chefs.

The local cheaper meat is often called Thai-French.

Ingredients

Steaks as needed for the number of dinner guests

Sea Salt 2 tspns

 

Cooking Method

To properly tenderize the steak, lay the steak out on a plate and cover each side with approximately 1 teaspoon of sea salt before cooking.  Use your fingers to gently work the salt granules into the surface, breaking down the fibers of the meat.  (For even more flavor, add crushed garlic to the salt.)

Let the steak sit with this covering of salt for 45 minutes to an hour.  Longer for thicker cuts.

After the waiting period, rinse the salt off your steaks under cool running water.

Use some paper towels to pat your steaks until they are good and dry, so you can get the delicious, crispy sear you want.  (If you don’t pat them dry, you’re basically steaming the meat, and steamed meat is bland and less flavorful.)

Season as desired, then grill until desired doneness.  Try to avoid ‘well done’ as steak done this way is always more tough.


July 14, 2018 - July 20, 2018

BBQ Pork steak, beaten not stirred

A confusing title to this week’s recipe, but the result is positively delicious.  This can be cooked with beef steaks, but the extra expense is not worth it.  The cheaper pork steaks are just as good, as well as saving you money.

Cooking Method

Place steaks on a grill about 4 cm above medium-slow coals.  Cook for about 4 minutes on each side.  Do not overcook pork as it will get tough.

Meanwhile, stir together remaining ingredients in a small bowl.  Brush steaks with this sauce and continue cooking 2 minutes more, turning and brushing with sauce.

If you do not have a grill, this can be cooked in a heavy based skillet.  Check degree of BBQ when there is a little pink left.

Best served with mashed potatoes or long grained rice.


July 7, 2018 - July 13, 2018

Pork steak, neither beaten not stirred

A confusing title to this week’s recipe, but the result is positively delicious.  This can be cooked with beef steaks, but the extra expense is not worth it.  The cheaper pork steaks are just as good, as well as saving you money.

Cooking method

Place steaks on a grill about medium-slow coals.  Cook for about 8 minutes on each side.  Do not overcook.

Meanwhile, stir together remaining ingredients in a small bowl.  Brush steaks with sauce and continue cooking 5 minutes more, turning and brushing with sauce.

The cooking can be done in a heavy skillet if you wish, but put a light coat of cooking oil in the skillet first.

Use your favorite mustard, but not too strong or the mustard will overpower the flavor.

Serve with rice or mashed potato.


June 30, 2018 - July 6, 2018

Avocado salad – spicy!

Avocados are back again and the price this morning was quite reasonable and I find them irresistible, as do a lot of people!  They are rich in flavor and texture and are perfect for use in a variety of salad recipes, and you can do far more with them than just making guacamole.  Avocados are apparently loaded with nutrients such as dietary fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, potassium, magnesium, and folate, so you are doing your body a favor at the same time.  The preparation of this salad is simple and quick, and the dressing is also easy.

Cooking method

Combine all ingredients in a large serving bowl and toss gently.

Now prepare the salad dressing, which needs:

Juice of 1 lime

Balsamic vinegar 2 tbspns

Extra virgin olive oil 1 tbspn

Sea salt and freshly ground pepper a pinch

Now combine all ingredients in a jar with a screw top. Shake vigorously until well blended. Pour over the salad, mix well, serve and enjoy!

 


 
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Tenderizing local steak

BBQ Pork steak, beaten not stirred

Pork steak, neither beaten not stirred

Avocado salad – spicy!


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