I've been so busy doing actual work that I haven't been posting as regularly, but have made a number of meatless dishes lately, and I love them. However, every so often this eastcoast gal has to have some cow!
I think I may have mentioned that I bought one of those grills that cooks in a flash? I call it my PC Foreman Grill. Well, on my first trial of it, I discovered just how fast it does cook. One of my favourite salads (maybe the favourite) is a really good steak salad with medium-rare beef sliced thinly over top. When I set my mind to it, I make a mean meal in a bowl salad. I use greens, of course, sometimes adding other vegetables like yellow peppers, and in the case of a steak salad, I sometimes add ripe tomatoes (but. I really don't care for tomatoes on salad unless they're fresh from the vine because they don't have enough taste), green onions, and dried cranberries for a sweet contrast to the salty tang of feta cheese. Then I top it off with a balsamic vinegar dressing. When it's done right, it is simply phenomenal!
When it's done right, that is. Do you see any lovely red juiciness in the meat we can call shoe leather on top of that salad? I didn't think so. I cooked it for the right length of time. When I opened up the grill and cut into it to test it, the juices were running, it was a thing of beauty. But then, I turned off the grill, and left it there. DO NOT try that at home. It results in well-cooked meat. I do not like well-cooked meat.
But, I must say despite that, it was still extremely tasty and the meat, while completely overcooked for my taste, was still tender and flavourful. It's making me want to make it again, just to prove how great it truly is...
Since then, we've used the PC Foreman for other meals like salmon (call me crazy, but I like my salmon on the dry side — comes from having to eat it every Friday, I guess) and the other night, hubby made me pork loin chops that were marinated in a homemade teriyaki sauce, veggies, and I made brown rice cooked in broth and finished with apricots and green onions. He tends to over cook his pork (that old-fashioned belief that you had to overcook it to make it safe to eat), but it was still delicious. And hey, all I had to do was belly-up to the table. I wasn't going to complain!
So there you have it, cow and pig, all in one post. Now I wish I had done chicken. Well we did, but not on the PC Foreman and that's a story for another blog.
Sometimes meat makes meals taste mahvelous!