Tuesday, July 03, 2007

I'm baaaack!

Hello! I neglected to tell you I was going to BC on Thursday. I went to BC on Thursday! And now I'm home.

Good times were had. We made Chicken Tikka (delicious). We went for sushi and tapas. We made yogurt cheese. We went to the Farmers Market:

Sunday was Canada Day. We went to the park:

There was more than food there, but my battery was dying, so you'll have to take my word for it.

Last night Scott and I had our Canada Day bbq. We had steak, potatos and grilled veggies. I was in the mood for something a little different, but Scott wanted steak. Well, if we were going to have steak, it would be special and fancy! I found a great recipe for a marinade and sauce in Nigella Lawson's Feast.

I can't wait to make this again. I lucked out and got a terrific piece of meat (I usually have terrible luck picking out steak) and the marinade was gorgeous.

Vodka Marinated Steak
adapted from Nigella Lawson.

500 g steak (I used a prime rib grilling steak)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
3 tb parsley, chopped
1 tsp dried oregano (next time I want to try rosemary)
3 garlic cloves, chopped
100 ml vodka
50 ml olive oil

150 ml beef broth
1 shot vodka
2 tb butter

Place the steak in a plastic bag and add the salt thru olive oil. Squish everything all around. Let sit at least 3 hours (NL says it's best if left 2-3 days in the fridge). Let the steak sit on the counter for an hour before cooking.

Remove the steak from the bag, reserving the marinade. Heat your grill, then grill the steak to your liking. Remove from the heat and let the steak rest.

Just before the steak has finished cooking start your sauce. Strain all the solids out of the marinade. Pour the marinade into a measuring cup and add water to make 150 ml (about 2/3 cup). Pour into a small pan over high heat. Bring to a simmer. Add the vodka and beef broth and boil until reduced by about half. Break the butter up into pieces and stir into the sauce until melted. Taste and add salt and pepper if needed.

Slice the steak, place on a platter and drizzle with some of the sauce. Pass the remaining sauce separately at the table.

I bought this when I was in Kamloops. Any guesses on what it's for?


Anonymous said...

Glad you had a good food weekend.


Chrispy said...

It's a lemon squeezer.

Angela Stone said...

Lemon squeezer seems logical with the color and it seems there is an opening at the very bottom. If that is not an opening but rather a tab to open the bottom then I think it is a salt shaker but again, chrispy seems right.

Janet said...

What a coincidence! I love steak AND vodka! I was going to guess lemon squeezer, but I can see a few people beat me to it!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Looks like a grand get away and an awesome steak and sauce.
With those holes it sure looks like a salt shaker but that would seem to obvious.

Peter M said...

Great steak and Nigella does have some gems of recipes.

The "thingamajig" has to be a lemon squeezer.

tigerfish said...

Looks like a great trip there...wow! I'm looking forward to my Calgary trip early Aug...yay!

Sara said...

Ok, you are all smartypant's - it is a lemon squeezer. I haven't used it yet. Tigerfish - have fun in Calgary! Go to the zoo if you can, and Princes Island Park.

Lis said...

I am so jealous of your markets and the park - SO JEALOUS! The big market here is nothing like that.. course I think I've lamented about this subject before, eh? hehe

Anyhoo.. so glad you had a great weekend and OMG I want some of that steak and those crispedy potatoes RIGHT NOW!