have you ever had this nagging feeling of what to cook whenever a festive season is around the corner? what mood do i want to create? i want it to be different but not too overwhelming for my guests....who am i inviting? what is the occasion? are they adults or children? big eaters or mousy eaters? well there is room for everyone... read on.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Sirloin Beef Canapes

This was one hearty breakfast I had this morning, taking into consideration that it was yesterday's leftover dinner. We had some lovely pan-grilled Australian beef sirloin accompanied by freshly mixed salad greens (pic below) and not to forget that wonderfully chilled bottle of icy cold beer. Cheers! Happy Belated Oktober Fest!

Once in a while, cravings for red meat seem to creep up and haunt me day and night until I sink my teeth into a slab. I guess this was a long overdue craving. If you have noticed, lately the price of imported beef has risen to a very unreasonable price. 3 regular pieces of sirloin about the size of the 'palm of your hand' soared up to approximately RM40.00 a tray.

The recipe for this sirloin steak is very simple. If the meat is fresh, all you need is to rub sea salt, freshly crushed black pepper and a dash of lea & perrin sauce. Sear the steak on a grilled pan drizzled lightly with olive oil. Cook it until it reaches the level of doneness of your choice. Serve straight from the grill onto a plate of fresh salad greens. As for gravy, pour some beef stock into the grill pan and stir until the brownings on the grill melts into the stock and thicken with some flour. Season with salt, pepper and a dash of beer. Pop open a bottle of chilled beer and suck it all in!

When morning came, leftovers were assembled into canapes using slices of french toasts spread with pure butter, garnished with some leaves from yesterdays' greens. Top off with thin slices of leftover sirloin beef drizzled with steak gravy.

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