Happy Birthday Dinner

Yesterday was my birthday (insert applause here) and I had a little bit of an eye sickness (booing here is totally acceptable) so I wasn’t feeling great despite the fact that I had no time to be sick (typical, typical).

It seems since I’ve had a kid life goes on as normal on days that were once semi-special. Yesterday I celebrated by looking for a picnic table for Z (found one!) getting her a not so much needed tutu (purple sparkly, she insisted) and some dress up heels, looking for a dining room table for us (didn’t find one) and going grocery shopping (amongst other errands dealing with the fact that we are semi-living in two places right now).

While at the grocery store, I decided I was going to make a delicious dinner that I wanted (but Z and W would eat…most of). I wanted steak. I never want steak. So I bought a small package of 3 pieces of I don’t know what type of steak because I never buy steak, but it wasn’t crappy and it wasn’t the best. Sirloin? No bone. Anyhoo.

Earlier in the day I had been reading Nigella Lawson’s new cookbook Nigellissima as I’m planning on reviewing it this week (yes, I read cookbooks, I’m a dork) and she had this fantastical tarragon parsley sauce that just sounded like a had to have it, but not on chicken, on steak. And I needed to alter the recipe as I wanted the sauce to have garlic and more lemon…just because it was what I was in the mood for.

So I ended up making steak with a tarragon parsley sauce, sweet potato, garlic broccoli and salad.

Birthday Dinner

(Purposely blurry photo trying to be slightly edgy…I’m on the fence about actually ability to be edgy…)

This is what I did to create this meal;

First I started with the sauce. As I said, I had gone to the grocery store so these ingredients are not normally in my house (although I wish they were!!) I added 4 tbsp of olive oil, a large pinch of course sea salt, a large handful of fresh flat parsley, 2 scallions, a handful of fresh tarragon, 1 lemon, zested (not a waxy lemon), half of  a lemon, squeezed and 2 cloves of garlic into a Cuisinart (I have a mini one). Chop it up and then taste. I thought mine needed a little more lemon, so I did another little squeeze and stirred. It was this gorgeous green color and tasted like summer. Amazing. You will have more sauce…imagine the possibilities…

Set sauce aside. I then coated each steak in a milk/flour mixture because I wanted the inside to be moist and juicy and the outside to be tender. So I added 1 1/2 cups of flour, 1 tea salt, 2 tea pepper, 1/4 tea red chili flakes together and gave it a stir in a bowl. Then in another bowl, add a cup of milk. Dip each steak in the milk mixture, then the flour mixture, twice. Then add to a hot pan with 1 tbsp of vegetable oil in it. Fry on both sides for 5-6 minutes, or until when you cut down the middle, you have a nice pink, ‘medium’ steak. While cooking the steak, wash sweet potatoes. Since there are 3 of us eating, I used one large potato. Cook in microwave for the prescribed time (mine is about 5 minutes). When done, slice in the center and add 1 tbsp of butter and some pepper, then let sit so it melts and gets WONDERFUL.

While I was cooking steak, I was also cooking/steaming broccoli. I used one head of broccoli as my husband hates it be Z and I LOVE it. I chopped it up so that it was in bite sized pieces and added to a warm pan with 1 tbsp of olive oil heating. I then added 4 cloves of garlic, whole and some salt and a squeeze of lemon. When the oil burns off (about 2 minutes), turn down heat, give it a stir and add 1 cup of water and cover. Your broccoli with now steam, for 3-5 minutes. It should be that brilliant green color, but still tender. Remove from heat.

Now plate. Steak, sauce on top of steak, garnish with a lemon slice. Now the broccoli, the sweet potato and the salad. Gorgeous. Dig in!

So today Z didn’t help me as much as normal. Why? Well she found DocMcStuffin’s much more entertaining, and she hadn’t napped and she was CRABBY. She helped prep the sauce (what kid doesn’t like to play with buttons that make loud noise??) and squeezed the lemon. A little bit of a fail on my part I guess, but we will more than make up for it today I’m sure!


About emellt

I love all things food and my plan is to my children feel the same way, one meal at a time. By sharing my recipes, activities and adaptations of others, I hope to get my, and your kids in the kitchen!
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