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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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..). ย 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 ๐Ÿ™ …

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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!

Father’s Day Tomahawk Steak Dinner

Father’s day may be over but that doesn’t mean you can’t make your loved ones a delicious Tomahawk steak dinner!

We picked this bad boy up at the Cheese Boutique out in Etobicoke. We originally wanted to go there to pick up some artisanal cheese but was pleasantly surprised when we found out this place was actually a grocery store too! We honestly expected to go in and only see cheese based on the name lol.

This place was like whole foods, but better because things weren’t crazily overpriced but you can tell the quality of their food was good. What really impressed us was while we were shopping, a guy came around and offered us espresso. The first thing that came to mind was “Do we have to pay for this?” but it didn’t seem like it would cost us anything so we just went for it. Nothing makes us feel more special than having espresso while grocery shopping, especially when it comes served to you in a saucer with a little shortbread cookie! How cute ๐Ÿ™‚

They even came around with free sorbet after! This place was awesome. We got to sample all the cheeses and cured meats too. Love it.

Anyways, we ended up leaving the store with quite a number of things, the Tomahawk steak being one of them.

We prepared the steak using the reverse sear method that we learned from Serious Eatsย and it turned out delicious! The key is to generously season the steak with freshly ground pepper and coarse sea salt. It may seem like a lot of salt on the steak but trust us, it’s not! Continue reading

Chaliapin Steak Don – Super Tender Steak

Recently we started watching another food anime called Shokugeki no Soma. It’s similar to Master Chef Junior which for those of you who don’t watch that show, is about really young cooking professionals between the ages of 8 to 13 who are put in unpredictable cooking challenges to test their skills and competencies in the kitchen. The only difference is that this anime is way more sexual in my opinion… and much more intense and exaggerated as you can expect in any anime.

We noticed a few bloggers who tried to recreate the recipes they’ve done in the anime which were reportedly created by chefs in real life to ensure that the show was as realistic as possible. We decided to take a stab at it ourselves and this was our end result.

Chaliapin Don

The cool thing behind this recipe is the science behind it. Supposedly the onion juice contains enzymes that helps break down the protein in the meat, helping it tenderize it further. It also helps marinate the meat as well.

There’s an interesting story behind this dish as well. The Chaliapin Steak is a Japanese Steak that was originally created for Russian Opera singerย Feodor Chaliapin when he visited Japan as he requested a tender steak due to a toothache. As a result, this steak was created.

This dish is easy to make and doesn’t require too many ingredients. Best of all, the steak is full of flavour ๐Ÿ™‚

To begin, make criss cross cuts along your steak to help it absorb the onion juices better. Season it well with salt and pepper.

steak

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