The first grill of the season!
Okay, this post is seriously—SERIOUSLY—late, but here it is anyway! After acquiring a grill for my back porch, I was able to make a perfect little meal to welcome in the summer. I felt really proud of myself too because it was surprisingly balanced and, well, good! Real good…
This was the salad I created with it, which is the perfect grillin’ sidekick: a balsamic couscous salad with sauteed onions. Just assemble some cooked couscous with diced vegetables (I used a bell pepper and tomatoes) with some sauteed onions you can quickly make with some butter and a low and slow flame. Mix it with some mixed greens (baby spinach and arugula) and a balsamic vinaigrette, and you’ve got a pretty awesome salad.
Now the good stuff: the grillings! I grilled some thin cuts of beef with just salt and pepper over a hot charcoal flame. Also did some grilled asparagus too. The feature though was the bleu cheese sauce I made I think! And it’s the quickest and easiest sauce you’ll ever make: just slowly boil some cream, your cheese, and spices of your choice (I used rosemary and a bay leaf) and you’ve got yourself a sauce, boss!
So there it is—oh, you’re probably wondering about that random stack of hotdogs, yeah? Well, the fire was still really hot, and we were only making food for two, so… Why not get the rest the week’s lunch for myself cooked and ready to go? So, there. The grill is slowly becoming my new best friend during the summer, and I’m excited to try more new and crazy things!
A Family of Both Worlds.
My house is literally in between two worlds: the Filipino world and the American world. See, Filipinos are very easygoing and laidback. We eat the simplest of things and we cook them even simpler. We cook up some uga which to most Filipinos it’s called tuyo—basically dried fish that you fry up and eat with some rice.
My mother also made her very famous tinola recipe—a ginger-chayote-stew—that takes minutes to cook up but tastes like she slaved on it all day.
And for my parents, that’s a meal for ya. But I try to introduce more of the American lifestyle on them—like maybe some steak for dinner instead.
I made Laura Calder’s Beef Au Bleu recipe but with an added touch—I used that Brie& thyme sauce instead of the Bleu. And my family ate it up—with their hands and with rice, of course. I personally love being smack dab in the middle. I can enjoy learning foods from the new world, while at the same time maintaining my roots through tastes and techniques. So if you ever stop by dinner at our little family and you see us eating rice and steak with our hands—don’t judge.