Steak dinner with friends

Last night we met up with our other foodie friends who also loves to cook. They recently bought a Kamado BBQ charcoal grill and have been looking for every opportunity to use it. They kindly invited us over for dinner, having bought some prime ribs and T-bone steak from McEwan’s grocery store, along with some bone marrow.

Knowing our friends would be supplying the mains, we stopped by J town in the morning to pick up some groceries that we felt would be great on the grill. It just so happened that we stumbled across an old man selling fresh Japanese vegetables that morning and decided to pick some up for the BBQ.

Myoga (Japanese ginger), Japanese green peppers, Shishito peppers, tomatoes, White Kabocha

Of all the vegetables we bought, we only ended up grilling the Shishito peppers and the tomatoes. If you haven’t had charcoal grilled tomatoes before, you must! It tastes amazing! As for the Shishito peppers (the skinny long ones), did you know approximately 1 in every 10 peppers is spicy? This can be a fun game to play with your friends to see who gets lucky 😉

For dinner, we also made our popular green lettuce salad with roasted tomato vinaigrette. We also added in some fresh pork belly (Bacon), toasted some baguette as crutons, and sliced up some radishes and cucumber for garnish.

Our friends also bought a bunch of bone marrow for approximately $4 each which isn’t bad considering how large they were. We soaked the bone marrow in some salted water first to get rid of all the impurities. After 30 mins or so, we rinsed them and seasoned them with salt and pepper, then topped them with lots of chopped garlic (because we are huge garlic lovers..).  We then proceeded to pop them in the charcoal BBQ until the bone marrow was jiggly to the touch as we know that would make a great spreadable consistency.

I must tell you… that bone marrow was so good! When spread on freshly toasted bread, it was the bomb! I tried not to think about how bad that must be for my arteries… but they always say the better it tastes… the worser it is for your health 🙁 …

The T bone steak and prime ribs were done very well too. We used the reverse sear method and finished it off on the flaming grill.

For dessert, I made my apple cinnamon coffee cake but given they did not have a cake pan, I made them into muffins instead. It still turned out pretty well but I think I could have undercooked them a bit more. It was served with fresh vanilla ice cream and espresso 🙂

Overall it was a great dinner. Great food, great company. There was so much food that we had to pack the leftovers up which was great because that means we can have more of it the next day 🙂

I actually ended up making steak and eggs served with bone marrow and toast this morning for breakfast given today was the last day of the long weekend. If only I could eat like this every day… I guess it’s good that I don’t or else I’d be like 500 lbs @_@

Until next time!

Caprese Salad

Caprese salad is my guilty pleasure. Perhaps it’s because I really don’t know what else I can do with all the fresh basil we’ve been growing in our garden other than making pasta sauce but this dish is pretty solid. I’ve been making it so much that I’ve been told to cut back on it because eating that much cheese on a daily basis can’t be good for you.

All you really need to make this dish is 3 main ingredients – some form of mozzarella cheese (we used Burrata), fresh basil, and tomatoes.

Usually whenever we make this dish, we use good quality extra virgin olive oil and a generous amount of freshly ground salt and pepper to season. However, since the quality of these tomatoes and cheese was so good, we were able to cut back on the seasoning quite significantly (which is better for our health!). I could eat this up for DAYS. I’m not typically a salad person but I could have this on the regular that’s for sure 🙂

Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad

Ingredients

  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Fresh Basil
  • Fresh Burrata Cheese (Bocconcini or Fior Di Latte will work too)
  • Freshly Ground Salt and Pepper
  • Drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Instructions

  1. Cut your cherry tomatoes in halves or quarters (personal preference).
  2. You can roughly cut up your cheese to get that rough textured look and sprinkle it all over your plate for that spontaneous look and feel.
  3. Finely chop up some basil or rip them up into tiny pieces. Sprinkle generously across your salad.
  4. Drizzle with generous amount of extra virgin olive oil and season with freshly ground salt and pepper.
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Caesar’s Salad – Recipe from Jacob’s Steakhouse

We love Jacob’s Steakhouse table side Caesar’s Salad that they make from scratch. Not only can the entire process be considered a great performance as you watch them aerate the extra virgin olive oil by pouring it really high from the bowl, but it is quite the unique experience to see them make the food in front of you so that you know what you’re eating is made fresh.

Caesar's Salad

We’d love to eat it all the time but going to Jacob’s Steakhouse every time for it gets really expen$ive so we wanted to see if we could possibly recreate it at home for ourselves. Luckily (depends on how you look at it), we found a youtube tutorial by one of their staff members on how they make their infamous table side Caesar’s salad dressing. I say “depending on how you look at it” because of course no famous restaurant will give away all their trade secrets. No proportions were given in this video in terms of how much of each ingredient you should add. We had to go through a bunch of trial and error to get it down and though it’s not an exact replica, we’d like to say it’s pretty close!

Here’s what we did:

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