Chef Jaded is back in the mfz house! Finally right? I think the combination of work, play, working out and other things kept me out of the kitchen long enough. I had a couple days to recover from strength training (I was sooo sore!) so I decided to get my ass back in the kitchen and do what I love doing the most. Cooking!
I perused my favorite foodie blogs, WanderChopsticks, FoodWishes, Tigerfish & SteamyKitchen and found a recipe that I had been wanting to try for a while. SteamyKitchen won Justyn and I over with her delectable recipe for Steak w/ Sweet & Sour Onion and Tomato Sauce.
I started by prepping my ingrediants as usual and I have to say that I was suprised by how rusty I was with the knife. It took me a while to get back into the groove of chopping like a pro (haha yah right). I cut the tomatoes in wedges, onions in slices, fine chopped the garlic. Justyn helped me grate the ginger since my weaksauce. Then I mixed the ketchup, soy sauce, water, sugar and vinegar in a ramekin. Oh by the way, I tried to substitute the water with beef broth but ewwwww... when I went to pour the broth from the fridge to my measuring cup.. some nasty ass brown goopy stuff came out instead! It was soooo nasty. I almost gagged! Anyways...
Justyn had made this AWESOME steak a couple weeks ago. I mean this stuff literally melted in my mouth and was super tender and juicy. I was amazed since it was his first time cooking something like this in a while. So, since he was the pro at making steak, I had him prep mine. I think the key is to not put any oil in the pan. Instead, he rubbed the steak with olive oil and put it in a very very hot and dry pan. Look at the smoke it produced!
After the steaks were seared, I wrapped them up in foil to rest while I made the sauce. I sauteed the onions until they browned a bit and then added the ginger and garlic. Tomatoes went in after everything was fragrant and then the sauce mixture. I swear... SteamyKitchen's recipes are on the money. She even gives tips on what and how much to add of something if it doesn't taste right. I only had to add a bit more soy sauce and sugar to balance the sauce out.
Oh boy... and here's the end result. Justyn giving the thumbs up as he took big bites of steak, rice and broccoli (oh did I forget to mention I made some broccoli... yeah I did). It's so pretty too, don't you think?