Day 187: Lunch in a bistro somewhere

July 6, 2007


This evening, L and I made Steak Sandwich… Knife and Fork Required [recipe] which is a really easy meal to make, one which almost counts as fun to cook. The only drawback to the dinner is that the oven had to be on in our already-roasting kitchen, just pushing the temperatures up to almost unbearable. This meal has good rewards for fairly minimal input; it looks and tastes far more impressive than you would imagine a steak sandwich could. The bread base is made from a square of puff pastry seasoned with salt and pepper, baked in the oven until golden. The steak is briefly marinated in olive oil, garlic, rosemary and salt and pepper, before being cooked on the grill for a few minutes each side. It is allowed to rest while the asparagus is cooked on the grill with olive oil and salt and pepper. Once the asparagus is cooked, it is chopped into smaller pieces and mixed with chopped arugula and blue cheese. Some balsamic vinegar is mixed with it for good measure. The pregnancy police forbid blue cheese consumption, so we substituted with feta, which was fine as we are not particular blue cheese fans. The steak is piled on top of the puff pastry, with the salad on top.

This tastes like a lunch you would get at a little neighbourhood cafe somewhere, where you might pay a hefty price for its tastiness. You would also be a little upset because you might still be hungry once you are finished, or maybe that’s just me and my insatiable appetite. The steak is delicious and flavoursome, the garlic and rosemary are distinctive with the meat remaining extremely tender. Puff pastry is just fantastic, I would eat it every day given the choice. The salad was most pleasant, the balsamic vinegar complemented the asparagus well, and the cheese added a little extra bite. This would be a great meal to serve for a brunch or lunch, I would just make sure that there was plenty of other food to fill out the menu.

Tomorrow is set to be the hottest day of the year here so far, 95 degrees F, which is insanely hot but nothing compared to the heat others are suffering at the moment. Perhaps tomorrow we can cook without using the oven, we could just sit the food in the window and wait for it to melt. We are having Involtini all’Enotec’Antica with Gnocchi, which is some kind of meatballs wrapped in cabbage and served with gnocchi. We are spending the afternoon BBQ’ing with friends, so I’m not sure we’ll be overly looking forward to dinner tomorrow night. We could of course make the meatballs for lunch, but I think I’ll make some cupcakes; it’s L’s birthday tomorrow and we are, as ever, utterly unorganised to do anything, even make a card. He says he is not bothered by birthdays (even when the date is 7/7/07) and I do believe him, but how else can I expect a big day if he doesn’t even get a card? It’s an investment in my future happiness. Also, surely we will win the lottery tomorrow given that it is not only apparently the luckiest day ever, but also L’s birthday. If we do win we will continue with One Year Project, it’s just that it might not be us cooking or eating or blogging. Surely you can hire body doubles for such tasks.

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  • Reply Di July 8, 2007 at 6:54 pm

    It gets hot where I live too. Last year I bought a toaster oven. It doesn’t bake evenly (the back gets hotter) but it lets me bake small things without heating up the kitchen. They come as simple or as fancy as you would want.

  • Reply Helen | One Year Project July 9, 2007 at 2:39 pm

    When we move we are getting a microwave that is also an oven that doesn’t need to be preheated, can’t wait!

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