Monday, August 25, 2008

Steak with Bean Mash

What a fabulous 2 weeks of the Olympics huh? I did not manage to catch much of it, but what I watched, I appreciate. The hard work of the Olympians, training for so many years just to achieve their dreams is so inspiring.

I'm a big believer of setting goals and having a vision for one self. Dreams help to fuel those I suppose. Without life goals and dreams, life will become meaningless no? =)

AR and I attended our first marriage prep session on Saturday. We completed a multiple choice questionnaire with 165 questions aim to look at our personalities, communication and plans for the future. Sitting in an empty room with the pieces of paper, we joked about some of the questions and took others more seriously. At the end of the day, we returned with a few discussion questions that allowed us to talk freely. One of our discussion question was about the vision for our relationship and how we are going to work on it.

To change the topic quite drastically and back on to the topic of dreams and the purpose of this blog, food! One of my major goals in the kitchen is to cook a mean steak. Since reading Jaden's post on how to tenderize steaks, it has changed my fear of cooking steaks. Still, I have my hit and misses at times.

This time round, I decided to trim the steaks to a smaller portion. Firstly, I cannot stomach a whole chunk of steak, and 2ndly, it allowed me to practise on more pieces of meat. Of course, the time require to cook these treasures are shorter as well.

I also decided to serve this with mash butter beans rather than potatoes. Certainly an interesting touch and add abit of a dimension to the usual "Steak and mash" nights. I also did a avocado, tomato, corn and edaname bean salsa.

Steak with Bean Mash (serves 2)
2 pieces of rump steak trimmed
sea salt
chili flakes
cracked pepper
olive oil

Bean mash
1 can of butter beans drained
1 tablespoon of butter
salt n pepper
1/4 cup of milk

Avocado, corn, tomato and edaname bean salsa
1 avoacdo,
1/2 cup of corn kernals
1 tomato chopped
1/2 cup of edaname beans-after shells r removed.
2-3 tablespoons of lemon juice.
salt n pepper.

1) Sprinkle or grind fine sea salt all over steaks liberally. Set aside for around 20-30 minutes.

2) Meanwhile, boil and drain butter beans. Mash with butter and milk. Season.

3) Chop avovado and mix with corn, tomato and edname beans. Stir in lemon juice and season.

4) Heat grill to very hot. Rinse salt of steaks. Pat dry. Lightly season with chili flakes and cracked pepper. Toss some olive oil over it. Grill each side for around 3-4 minutes.

5) plate them up and enjoy!


Mochachocolata Rita said...

i am intriqued by the bean mash...hmmm but i think sous chef isnt so excited abt anything mashed hehe

Tom Aarons said...

I reckon your steak's already looking pretty mean. Can it get meaner? Perhaps if it starting yelling like Gordon Ramsay... :)

Life for Beginners said...

This is the first steak and mash that looks healthy :)

And it's so cool you're sharing with us the entire process of getting married. Like a pre-wedding journal, no?

Maria said...

Bean mash...what a great side!

brad said...

yeah mashed butter bean is more unique than the normal potatoes. haha!

wow, still need to go pre-marriage prep one? so cool!


Little Corner of Mine said...

I agreed, it looks healthy with the bean salsa too.

Anonymous said...

I have never cooked or tried bean mash before but it sure looks interesting.

wmw said...

It just takes 165 questions??? Hahaha....

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

my kind of dinner..a big chunk medium rare steak...but i reckon i always need abit of brown sauce..

Big Boys Oven said...

wow I wish I can cook a steak as good as you! :)

daphne said...

Mocha- AR raised his eyebrows too. haha.

Tom- i hope I dont swear as much as he does! LOL

Kenny-I was thinking of setting up another blog for wedding plans and stuff but remembering that the wedding is only for a day (or 3) so would much rather out this here and share with everyone! =)

Maria- thanks!

ladyironchef-ya! We figured out that we need all the help we can get.. hahaa.

little corner-trying to be! hehe.

wmw-not more please! hehehe.

girl frm japan-it's something different isnt it?

joe- yeah! Some sauce will be even better huh?

big boys- Jaden is soo good at that. I'm still learning!

Dee said...

I love steak, but embarassingly I've never cooked it at home. Jules (my husband) does the honours usually. I'm too afraid of ruining a nice piece of meat.

However, I just bought 2 Australian Wagyu steaks for a song (do you think it's realyl wagyu?) with some nice marbling and need to cook it up pronto. Any ideas? I'm terrified!

Anonymous said...

It sure is, but it looks great and delicious, and beans are good for us.

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