This is about a mid-week, no-fuss, hunger-satisfying, forget-about-the gourmet dinner. Plain. Austere almost. With a hint of defiance: don’t you dare add anything else … it is what it is, and it is meant to be what it is meant to be! What you see is what you get. Get it? It’s what you crave at the end of a busy day when thoughts have been flurrying at great speed, and any reasonable answer is irritatingly AWOL, and all you need is nourishment to end as interminable volleying of nagging ideas.
When you have finished eating this, you know you will have made a big dent in that uncharismatic brain chatter … and that, in itself, is cause for celebration. Pillows and a good night’s sleep beckon …
Steak, tomatoes and artichokes. A tiny bit of olive oil, and salt and pepper.
After removing the steaks from the oven, I covered them with this rather droll looking pan lid (it belongs to a wok). The idea is to allow the meat to ‘cool down’ a little, which makes it more tender, and allows some of its juices to flow into the pan. And the juices are of course … a sort of gravy.
I then added the cooked tomatoes, as well as the juices from the tomatoes and the steak. A good sprinkling of salt and pepper and …
Some days are like that: antsy and annoying and energy-depleting … and cooking, which is normally such a delight, can seem very daunting — punishing even. This is the just the sort of recipe for THAT kind of day: it that is so quick and easy to make (30 minutes?), and tastes so rewarding, that it ends up cranking up our serotonin levels.
By the time you’ve dabbed that last little bit of bread in the last bit of sauce on the plate … you remember how lucky you actually are — and the problems that have been assailing you all day fade into the background.
Tomorrow is another day: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-OoIvgtuzs