Posted on March 7, 2011 by Kate
I spent the entire weekend looking forward to Monday, my day off :) The store had a booth at a few events this weekend so I was busy working long days. Gotta earn that money somehow. I enjoyed working but by the end of the Sunday, I was ready to be done. Watching people make a meal out of free sample products got a bit old.
Not much exciting to report. When not working, I was doing homework. I wanted to make a fun breakfast to start the week off right.
While this may look like a standard bowl of brown rice, chopped apple and almond milk, it is much more exciting. I liberally sprinkled on one of my newest foodie obsessions, chinese five spice powder.
It is a blend of five spices (duh!) that features star anise. I never thought I liked star anise but I have been loving this lately. I bought it a bit ago to make a stir fry recipe and rather than let it sit in my cupboard I decided to experiment with it. I think this rice porridge is my favorite creation so far.
That is all I got today. I definitely need a day off :)
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Posted on February 7, 2011 by Kate
The store had our grass feed and finished beef on sale over the weekend to celebrate the Super Bowl. With my employee discount on top of the sale price, I just had to take a few cuts of meat home with me. Can’t pass up a good deal! I was inspired by all the Asian ingredients I had hanging around from previous cooking endeavors and came up with a tasty marinade for flank steak.
Sweet and Spicy Flank Steak
- 1 1/2 TB sesame oil
- 1 1/2 TB tamari
- 1 TB rice vinegar
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 tsp San J Szechuan Sauce
- 2 large cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 inch knob of ginger, minced
- 3/4 pound flank steak
- Mix together all ingredients for marinade, sesame oil thru ginger, in a bowl until well combined.
- Pour marinade over flank steak and refrigerate until ready to cook. (I let mine sit for about 8 hrs while I was in class. A quick google shows that about 30 min is the minimum time recommended for marinating a flank steak.)
- Heat a grill pan on stove top over high heat. Place steak on hot grill. Grill for about 6-8 min on each side. Allow meat to sit for 5 to 10 min before cutting into thin strips.
I really like this recipe. I meat was very flavorful and the sweet, spicy Asian influence worked nicely with the beef. I am not a huge steak person at all but I enjoyed the thin strips of flank steak. Both Art and I like our meat done medium so we grilled it for 7 min. You can obviously adjust the cooking time based on how you like your meat.
I served the flank steak with black quinoa and roasted veggies. I tossed the broccoli and red pepper in canola oil and chinese five spice powder before roasting. A lovely meal for football watching :)
Did you make anything special for the Super Bowl? What is your favorite way to prepare beef? I have some ground beef and stew meat in my freezer and need some meat cooking tips.
Have a lovely week!
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Posted on December 5, 2010 by Kate
Last night I slept for a solid 10.5 hours. I was wiped out after three long days of work plus there was a little street fair going on yesterday so we were ultra busy. Being on your feet for 8 hours is tough! Art and I had planned on going to see the new Harry Potter but ended up going to Chipolte and crashing on the couch. It was a good thing I had friends over for dinner on Friday otherwise the weekend would have been nothing but work.
Anyway on to the weekend breakfasts!
Day 4 – Cherry Cardamom Smoothie
Technically I had this for exact combo for breakfast before the challenge started so I can have it again :) Hehe!
Day 5 - Caramel Apple Waffles
I promised Art waffles if he got up and moved my car off the snow emergency route this morning. I followed the directions on the gluten free waffle mix but cut the water and oil in half and subbed in applesauce. I also added a big pinch of ginger to the batter. For waffle topper, I sautéed chopped apples in a snot load of butter and brown sugar. Butter and brown sugar are a delightful combination. I figured the desserty topping on the waffles was necessary since there was less fat in the waffles ;)
Gearing for another long day at the store. Happy Sunday!
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Posted on December 3, 2010 by Kate
I’ve been dreaming about the wild rice porridge I had for breakfast at the Vanilla Bean Cafe on our way back from Thanksgiving. I made a big pot of wild rice yesterday in preparation for a college friends dinner I am hosting tonight. There was so much rice that I figured I could snag some for breakfast this morning.
Day 3 – Wild Rice Porridge
1 cup cooked wild rice
3/4 cup unsweetened soymilk
1/3 cup fresh cranberries
cinnamon and cardamom to taste
drizzle of buckwheat honey
Combine all ingredient in a small saucepan. Heat over medium for about 10 min or until cranberries just start to pop.
This was on par with the porridge from the vanilla bean. Very simple but satisfying. The honey, cranberries and rice were all locally produced which I very much enjoy. Too bad I can’t eat this exact meal again for the next 30 days :( But look for wild rice to appear in more breakfasts in the near future.
Anyone doing anything fun this weekend? I am having friends over for dinner tonight and then working long shifts at the store on Saturday and Sunday. ‘Tis the season…!
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