Posts tagged ‘steak’

December 19, 2010

A splash of this and a dash of that…on steak

What a day! We’ve been up to some serious arts and crafts which included a using a hacksaw (oh boy, wait until you see these pictures). We cannot reveal what this project is quite yet because they will be Christmas presents for certain someone’s and we can’t ruin the surprise! We will show you sometime after the holidays though, if they turn out. Our busy day led to this for dinner tonight:

In N Out

Oh oops…it was so mouth wateringly delicious that we couldn’t capture the picture before it all disappeared! How unfortunate. After a long day of Christmas shopping—and sawing — we decided to indulge and I don’t regret it one bit.

However, the other night we used the left over steak I had from my fajitas and let it sit in a marinade (sort of a dash of this and a splash of that effect – see below) for about 30 minutes. After seasoning up and pan grilling the steak, we added the marinade to the pan with a splash of red wine, scraping up the brown bits and reducing it to the consistency of a thick sauce. Delish!

Let it simma' down

Here’s the ingredients we added to the marinade:

½ cup of olive oil

1 finely chopped shallot

1 chopped clove of garlic

A splash of Worcestershire sauce

Juice of 1/2 large and juicy lemon

1 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon of soy sauce

¼ cup red wine

Salt and pepper

We also added some crunchy and fresh green beans sautéed in garlic, lemon and red pepper flakes. They were the perfect healthy addition to this simple and delicious meal!

Spoon the sauce onto the steak and sprinkle with parsely

December 17, 2010

Fajita Fiesta for One

Let me just clear up one thing, while we do love our little yellow kitchen it is definitely not the yellow kitchen you see in our header. Our kitchen is much smaller, with jam packed drawers of utensils and cookware collected over four years of living together, much of which has been stolen from our mother’s kitchens over the years. Our mixer and food processor sit on top of our fridge. Our crock pot is on top of the microwave which is on top of closet shelving taken from our previous dwelling. This all resides in our kitchen where a dining room table would be, if we had room for one. To give you an idea of what were dealing with, here is our spice drawer:

Yikes.

BUT our kitchen did come with a handy dandy little rack above our oven that can hold the spices we use most. Not going to lie…this little rack (as well as the blue walls and yellow counter in the bathroom) really sold us on the place.

It dates back to 1970...at least.

Last night Chrissy had dinner with friend, who is a boy. I stopped at Henry’s on my way home to pick up some items for a little surprise we will have in a later post and noticed steak was on sale (gotta love Double Deal Wednesday’s there). Remembering the mass amounts of limes we have from Chris’s lime tree, along with a stolen-from-moms-kitchen avocado I had on hand, I decided I needed fajitas y guacamole.

Chris's mom made this gorgeous dish, and gave us the limes!

Who hates that you have to buy 20 tortillas at time in the grocery store? I do. So I stopped at a fabulous little taco shop I drive by everyday and asked for two corn tortillas, they gave them to me for free! So I dropped a tip in the bucket, swooped some salsa from their salsa bar and went home to cook.

Fajita Seasoning:

  • 2 Tbsp. Chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. paprika
  • 1-1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin (I love cumin so I added a pinch more)

Fajitas:

  • 1 Bell Pepper cut in strips
  • 1 white onion cut in strips
  • 4 corn tortillas
  • Steak, chicken, shrimp — or whatever protein you want

Season the strips of meat with 1 tsp. of the fajita seasoning. Saute the onion and bell pepper in olive oil until soft and add another teaspoon of the fajita seasoning to the veggies. Add the meat and cook through. Add into a warmed tortilla with a dollop of guacamole, a dash of hot sauce, and a squeeze of lime.  Then, enjoy your inexpensive, healthy and homemade Mexican dinner!

I always add an absurd amount of lime, I love lime 🙂

From the Little Yellow Kitchen,

Lauren