Make your piece with history
A blessing from a curse
State your peace
Blow it wide open did you find you an oyster pearl
I feel like apologizing for not blogging with in the past few days but then I remember adopting a new dog, taking a tumble out of a tree that bruised my ego and pinkie toe, and the intense desire to let a general feeling of ennui wash over me and I know no excuse is needed.
Climbing trees is officially for the dogs. Remember how much fun it was to scale behemoth magnolias and the like? Fact: When you are over the age of 18 you have no business in trees! While my tumble was a mere three feet the fact that my opposable thumbs were defeated by a cockapoo is a wee bit embarrassing. Lesson learned, no harm (except for a tender pinkie toe) no foul.
On to more exciting things…PUPPIES! Nanner and I went to Bark in the Park, an annual festival that welcomes dogs, vendors, and rescue organizations to Columbia’s city center park, and reunited with a long lost family member. We recently lost our beloved, cantankerous Lhasa Apso, Moxie, and had been feeling a bit of a puppy void. Immediately upon walking into the festival with the remaining members of our puppy pack in tow it seemed as if the seas parted and in the back of a tent 50 yards away I espied the most precious doe eyed dog. Needless to say, after obsessing about him all day, we presented our best low pressure case to the potential puppy papa. After one full day it is hard to imagine life with out Baxter.
I pretty much had to pull myself away from fawning over him all night, and occupied myself by making a lovely dinner for one as Esq. was still on his way back from the final round of the Masters, it’s a hard life he leads.
I ran to the store and picked up some great filets that were on sale, a few handfuls of fresh Brussels sprouts, and goat cheese. I wasn’t exactly sure what my final intentions were, but with those ingredients I was guaranteed a happy tummy.
First thing when I got home, after a moment of Baxter adoration, was to pull together a marinade and throw in the steaks. I personally love a spicy/sweet flavor and a healthy dash of Asian never hurt anyone. The base ingredients of my marinade were Soy Sauce, Brown Sugar, and Sriracha.
Once I combined the three I started to hunt around the cabinets for additional ideas and ultimately threw in some mustard and lemon juice.
I combined everything in a ziplock bag, added the steaks and it was fridge time to sit for 20 minutes flip and repeat while I prepped the rest of dinner.
Next it was time to trim the stems of the Brussels and chop in half. Instead of frying them in the pan I was feeling lazy so I topped with olive oil and salt and into the oven they went.
I copied my rosemary feta orzo from a recent post, but instead added goat cheese for a creamer texture. To die for!
Once the Brussels Sprouts were in the oven and the orzo was cooking I pulled out the steaks and threw them on to a pan with 1 tablespoon of sizzling butter.
I cooked the steaks for about 2 minutes on each side so I had a nice sear on the outside and a bright juicy red inside.
While I got my plate ready with a lovely bed of balsamic dressed spinach, I let the steak rest. Letting meat rest, sit for five minutes under tin foil or similar covering, is crucial to locking in the juice that will keep your meat nice and moist.
All and all a terrific dinner that took minimal time/effort and had stupendous results.
I saved all of the hard work for later when I made some killer carrot cake cupcakes with pineapple cream cheese glaze. You will just have to wait until tomorrow for the recipe and a review of my new Cupcake Pen!