Monday, May 7, 2007

How To Neglect Your Blog

Posted by MANDI at 10:32 PM

without really trying!

Step one: take on another kid for tutoring;

Step two: let your own kid take up a sporting activity;

Step three: all while your other own kid is not sleeping particularly well, thus you are not sleeping particularly well either;

Step four: be sad because your visitor went home and now you're very lonely and can't be bothered trying to make things sound good for the blog-reading world.


Just: stop bloody making excuses, get off your butt and post something!

We had this marinated bbq'd steak a couple of weeks ago and it was really good. I'm not a big red wine fan but this was delicious. I served it with smashed potatoes. Not mashed, smashed - you boil 'em up til they are cooked but not soggy, drain them then stick them in a frypan with some olive oil and just crush them once, gently, with a potato masher. They end up a lovely golden brown and are all fluffy and yummy and soft. I usually use 3 small-ish potatoes for the four of us and always wish I'd made more. They are even better with lots of salt and the best yet with this marinade poured over them.

Barbecued Red Wine Beef
from Meals From The Freezer

1 1/2 cups dry red wine
1/2 cup beef stock
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup finely shredded fresh basil leaves
3 cloves garlic, crushed
8 beef steaks (I used blade, you can use whatever you want or can afford!)

Combine all the ingredients with your steak in a large bowl. Leave to marinade in the fridge for at least 3 hours, or overnight if you can. This is enough marinade for 8 steaks so you can put some of the steaks into freezer bags with a little marinade and freeze them at this stage if you wanted to.

When they are done marinating, drain the steaks and reserve the marinade. Cook the steaks on the bbq (or grill them if you prefer). While you're doing that, put the reserved marinade in a small saucepan and bring it to the boil. Simmer, uncovered for about 10 minutes or until the sauce thickens slightly. Pour the sauce over steak (and potatoes if you wish!). Serve with crusty bread and a salad.


Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry your feeling down, I
miss you too, but look on the bright side we'll soon be back up
with you, and with G'pa who can
play with the skid lids while we
scrap and chat. LOL G'ma

Donna said...

Ta. I now know what we're having for tea tonight!

P.S. I'm sorry I left you up there on your own!

Claire on May 8, 2007 at 12:22 PM said...

Sounds like you've been busy...I understand! I also understand getting down after visitors, that's how I felt after my family left on Easter. Hope your week is great!

Kelly - PTT on May 8, 2007 at 8:36 PM said...

I love this post. Isn't that just how life can be sometimes???

The Cookbook Junkie on May 8, 2007 at 9:18 PM said...

I was wondering where you were. I'm glad you're back.

writer said...

Thanks, RDM - I tried that recipe last night and the sauce over the steak and potatoes was sensational.

Red Dirt Mummy on May 9, 2007 at 12:30 PM said...

Thanks Grandma. It was nice to talk to you on the phone last night.

Glad I could help out with dinner, Donna!

Thanks Claire. This week is looking lots better.

Hi Kelly. Thanks for dropping by.

Thanks Paula, it's nice to know I was missed.

I'm glad you enjoyed it Kitchen Hand.

JenTX said...

It is such a let-down when company leaves. But that's better than wishing they'd left earlier! lol

This steak marinade looks really good. I know DH would love it. I might have to make a run to the store.

Glad you're back to posting. I do know how busy Mums get. Sometimes I'm surprised how consistent you are to your blog. I think you do a great job. ^^^5^^^ (that's a High Five!)

Red Dirt Mummy on May 11, 2007 at 4:40 PM said...

You are so right, Jen. LOL! And thanks, I love your High Five.


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