Saturday, May 11, 2013

the Roebuck stops here

Another milestone, Happy Birthday dear Malin!

just in thyme

If you like beef fajitas, 
you’ve probably eaten skirt steak.

It’s a tough cut; stringy, inexpensive and deliciously flavorful, cut from the plate under the animal’s ribcage.

But it can be lean and benefits from being marinated. Drizzle with olive oil, a squeeze of lemon or lime, salt and pepper, some parsley, some chopped garlic, five or six chopped shallots and lots of good fresh thyme,. You can use regular onion in a pinch. Toss and leave overnight in the fridge.

Time to make dinner?
Throw some asparagus in the oven to roast and give it a 20 minute head start. By the time it’s done, the steak will be done, too.

Brown some mushroom caps in butter on the side.

Now separate the marinade from the skirt, drain the marinade oil into a hot cast iron skillet and drop the steak into the very hot oil. 

Don’t pack them in too tightly, let them brown instead of steam.

Flip them so they will finish pink in the center.

When they are done keep them warm between two plates, add a pat of butter to the same hot pan and toss the contents of the marinade into the sizzling butter. 

Add the mushrooms. 

Toss until the shallots wilt then toss in a tablespoon of the best vinegar you have. Malt? Balsamic? Pear infused? All good, but just one tablespoon.

Now plate the meat, pour the platter juices over it, add some asparagus and fill the space in between with buttery mushrooms and shallots sauteéd just in thyme.

High protein, low carbs.
All fantastic!

Friday, May 10, 2013

arrested envelopment

just horsing around

unbridaled photography.

Is that why he’s called a “groom”?



Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

you had to be there

sliced steak on melted cheese baguette, with sauteéd fennel and mushrooms, fresh radishes et petit cornichons.

remember this?

Check this guy out.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

when I'm stuck with a day that's grey and lonely

There’s a thought provoking, rainy-day piece over at the New Statesman. It observes that comedy is inherently left-wing and the left is doomed.

“...Chris Rock maintained that stand-up comedy should always be punching upwards. 
It’s a heroic little struggle.”

“You can’t be a right-wing clown without some character caveat, some vulnerability, some obvious flaw.”

“You’re on the right. You’ve already won. 
You have no tragedy. You’re punching down.”

spare the Rod

#6 on the Billboard R&B Chart, 1966