Sunday's Steak and Salad

Spent the whole afternoon in bed nursing some bugs that were lurking for a few days. A combination of the weather and definitely a lack of running! Bugs fixed, I woke up hungry. Thus an early dinner at 6pm today of Steak and Salad for Sunday's dinner.

Thankfully the hubster thawed the steak - smart move otherwise we both have to wait a few more hours for dinner. With the miserable haze pretty much means that we should really be staying home instead of going out and is a lot more affordable having steaks at home.

The whole dinner was whipped out within 20 minutes including preparations. Devoured in 30 minutes as we wanted to savour our dinner. Of course we had our whiskies as well.
• Ingredients - assorted salad leaves, mango, cherry tomatoes, lemon, olive oil, pepper and salt.
• Toss ingredients together. Add salt to taste.

Sunday Steak:
• Ingredients - steak cuts of your choice, salt, pepper, peppercorn and olive oil.
• Heat up pan with peppercorn and a bit of oil.
• Sprinkle salt and pepper right before placing steak into the hot pan.
• Cooked steak 2 minutes on each side. That will give you a rare steak.
• Rest for 2 to 3 minutes before plating.

It is a quick and easy dinner for 2. Prep the salad and let it sit in the fridge while the steak is being cooked. I generally struggled with plating so this round I experimented with 3 separate preparations.
The hubster loves his salad but likes salad to be minimal on the plate. Just a small serving to put some colours on the plate. His actual serving of the salad will be served separately.
I love salads. Thus my personal preference is often to serve the actual serving portion as a bed.
Medium rare for me - 2 minutes on one side and 3 minutes on another side.
 This time I experimented with cooking steak on a peppercorn flavoured oil. Normally I prefer to oil my steak directly before placing them on the pan. This technique avoids burnt textures on the steaks. However this time I wanted a subtle flavour from the peppercorns so there was oil in the pan. You will see black burnt marks. Perhaps the next time I could prepare the peppercorn flavoured oil first and apply them to the steaks with the salt and pepper rub before cooking them. This steak is rare - 2 minutes on each side and I only flip the steak once.
 An extra piece of steak was thawed for the furkids Shiloh and Shalom. Also it was an  advance birthday celebration for Shalom who turns 12 years old this coming Friday 23 October 2015. Took a small cut off the huge piece of steak for an additional portion steak salad because I was famished.

Dinner is not complete without dessert. Whipped out a quick serving for each of us. 2 scoops of Cookies and Cream ice cream for the hubster and 1 scoop for me. Topped with sesame seed, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries.

Quickie and yummy dinner for 2 in the comforts of our own home. Of course since we were dining at home, we could each have more than 2 shots of whiskies without the fear of drunk driving summonses! It is a simple Sunday dinner at home. Eating home is definitely more affordable as this entire dinner for the 2 adults and 2 furkids (excluding whiskies) came up to approximately RM75. While dining out is brilliant because there is no hassle of cleaning up and having a more elaborate steak, I think cooking them myself at home is certainly more affordable and therapeutic as well.

PS: Which plating do you prefer? Serving the steak on a bed of salad or plating it with just a small mouthful of salad?

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