I’ve tried taking pictures of food several times. It is much harder than I imagined, the pictures often making it look like I ate a garish yet limp concoction. So it was to my surprise when, looking back through my iPhoto collection today, I spotted these two. The meat looks succulent and the salad crispy. I’m pleased, they came out surprisingly well.
The food is a simple steak sandwich. Marinade the steak for a few minutes to half an hour in some oil, seasoned with salt and pepper. Whilst the steak is marinading, heat up a griddle pan, one of the heavy cast iron ones works a treat. When the pan is very hot, let the steak sizzle for a few minutes a side.
Meanwhile, use a pestle and mortar to mush up some parsley, garlic, lemon juice and mustard with some butter. Heat up some ciabatta in the oven and spread the resulting goo on thickly.
Add the steak to the sandwich and wait a couple of moments to let it soak in the butter a little, then tuck in. It will be a gooey mess, but oh so tasty for it.
I did a baby leaf salad with it, with the quintessential Italian Balsamic and olive oil mixture, with a little lemon to add some bite. The salad mops up the goo well, and makes the meal seem a little less gratuitous.
If you are anything like me, you’ll use this opportunity to open a nice, cold beer.