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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

DINNER AT THE HIPPIE CHICK'S

It's been since Friday night now and I still have internet connection!! WooHoo! ***crossing eyes and fingers, knocking on wood!***


I have always bragged how I can take a less than perfect beef steak and make it tender and taste just like roast beef. And I made that for Mr.HippieChick and myself this past weekend. I've been asked before just how I do that, and I thought I'd explain, and with pictures too.


First, I trim and cut the steaks into medium sized pieces. Then in a bit of Olive Oil, I brown the heck out of both sides of the steak after seasoning both sides. This is important, as the browning is what gives it so much great flavour.



Once browned well, here's the secret. Add water, enough to just barely cover the steaks!

Let this simmer so that it is gently boiling.

With me still?


I also made some potatoes, and here's the whole shebang on the stove cooking. I have 2 frying pans of steak on the go here.



Now here is the second part of the secret: This is the exact point when you take the steak out of the pan. Just before it has simmered dry, when there is a coating of really great juice on the bottom of the pan. I turn the steak over in the juice so that each piece going on the dinner plates are dripping in it. This juice is just like "beef jus" you get in a restaurant to dip your steak sandwich in. It's FULL of flavour!



And here are my world famous Dill and Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes. I cut 'em up into small pieces so that once boiled I don't have to mash so long. Here they are ready to mash, with a little butter, some dill and salt added.

Once mashed, I add sour cream instead of regular cream or milk.


And dinner is served! I wanted a salad in the worst way to go with this but I didn't have the ingredients. Actually I enjoy this steak the most with just a salad on the side. YUM!



A close up of the steak, I don't know if you can tell by the picture, but it is just like tender roast beef.


It was deelish!

Another great food item to have with this steak (in place of potatoes or salad) is fried cabbage. Sautee onions and cabbage and let it sautee down to where it's all just starting to turn light brown. It's so good!

Well that was my long weekend, and I must say I did get some extra rest and caught up on some sleep too. Next weekend: Mr. Hippie Chick's birthday party. Can you say, "old fart"?

Hope you all have a great week ahead. Take good care of each other!

PEACE!
Love Jude

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