Sep 28, 2009

deer steaks & oven roasted veggies

as the new hunting season approaches we needed to get something out of the freezer, namely 2 (tiny) tenderloins of a deer (the one that looks like bambi, don't hate me!) that produced 6 tiny filet mignon look a likes

searded them in a hot pan three at a time, in butter-oil mixture, for just a minute using my late grandmother's very well seasoned cast iron skillet

now, don't do what i did... all this get healthy thingy was distracting me at the store and i got the light version of creme fresh, big mistake! so let's pretend that i got the real stuff and carry on. after searing all of the filets, put them all back to pan, add ½ cup of creme fresh and 2 tbsp of cognac (i have a bottle just for this, good enough to drink but not the very good stuff), mix well and put into 180C oven for 15 mins for the fillets to cook further. again, no salt (or pepper) to pan, we seasoned at table. certain someone said it was the best steak he'd ever eaten, well thank you, but you shot it! but it's true, the meat was amazingly tender and tasty, and i happened to get the doneness right

i accidentally went to a store that i've decided to boycott, only remembered that at the door (it's conveniently on the way to the shack). they have a very poor selection of fresh, domestic vegetables and it's supposed to the best time of year for those. anyways, instead of a more versatile root vegetable mix, i only got these (can you imagine, there wasn't a one single parsnip in the store!)

chopped, bathing in rapeseed oil, thyme and ½ cup of vegetable stock (either the real stuff or from one of those cubes)

after 45 mins in 220C, and the 15 mins with fillets in 180C

my portion, it was so good i almost forgot to the a pic

there was salad of mixed greens with lime vinaigrette, but that was somehow forgotten

i'm getting panicky, i've been trying to make a list of sights to see and places (restaurants) to visit in nyc. it's overwhelming, the restaurant list is still over 20 long and if it wasn't for the martha taping i'd know what clothes to pack... dress to impress is no short order!

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