Temporarily a bachelor. What's for dinner?
My wife and son are visiting family on the other side of the world. I'm bach'in it for the next two weeks. So far, it's been great. Went out and bought a dinky pressure washer and took care of the deck. I forgot what it was like to do man stuff instead of husband stuff. I do miss the family terribly though.
On the menu tonight is a one pound T-bone steak. Preparation? Heavy dose of unprocessed sea salt, dried garlic and onion, and cracked black pepper. Take the spiced steak and seal it in a vacuum bag to squeeze the spices into the steak. Into the fridge for a while. But take the steak out an hour before cooking to let it come up to room temperature. This helps it cook more evenly so I can get a good, red, medium-rare throughout the steak.
So I'm going to throw that on the grill and heat up my three pound cast-iron grill press. Smash the steak under that to get some great sear marks. Flip it over, do the other side. Only 2 minutes or so per side. After that, you move it off the direct heat, cover the grill, and let it cook through slowly. Takes about 15 minutes if you do it right. Along with that, grilled corn on the cob (you gotta put that on ahead of time since it takes longer) and a couple of small baked russet potatoes.
For "dessert" later, I have two pounds of steamer clams. I'm going to sautee some garlic and shallots until just barely brown. Then you add about half a bottle of Riesling and bring to a simmer. Dump in the clams, cover, steam for about 5 minutes. Garnish with some finely chopped parsley. This will be eaten along with a grilled French baguette.
Then I'm going to watch some of the dumbest freaking stoner movies in the universe. Probably stay up until 2:00 AM. Hack a little bit on my MUD code. Hit the sack, wake up, take the dog and hike up a 3,000 foot mountain.
Ahh. It's going to be nice. I miss the family though.