It’s been a very busy year for my husband with business trips and he just did two weeks to close out the year. It was a tricky time though, what with the kids’ Christmas concerts, teacher conferences, and the like. Thank goodness for technology as I was able to record a few of the songs the kids did and we could have him on speaker phone so he could be part of the conference. Which is wonderful as he hates to miss this stuff.
As you can imagine he misses the home cooked food as well. Two weeks of sandwiches and so so hot food begins to wear a person down. So a special meal was called for. I was ready for it too because the second week was a kid free week and I don’t really cook for myself so it was fun to get creative again.
For the first course I did a cheese plate and opened a bottle of a lovely red wine. For the second I wanted to have some of his favourite ingredients. Roasted parsnips and pan sauteed Brussels Sprouts were no brainers.
At Thanksgiving I was able to pick up beef tenderloin from the farm where I got the turkey. I now have more of an appreciation of the labour that goes into perfect looking filet mignon. My knife skills being what they are mine didn’t come out perfect but they weren’t too bad. But there is definite room for improvement!
I purchased some grape tomatoes and I sliced them in half. On a baking sheet add the tomatoes, pieces of garlic, drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper then bake at 300F/150C.
Bake for about 45 minutes. Unfortunately the garlic didn’t cooporate and for some reason they came out hard as rocks. So I chopped up more garlic, added some more olive oil into a skillet then sauteed this with the tomatoes. Meanwhile broil the beef seasoned with salt and pepper to medium rare. For meat that is 2 inches thick do 5 minutes on each side. Mine was thinner so I did it for less. Then rest the meat for at least 5 minutes. While the meat is resting, add a handful of shredded basil to the tomatoes and a squeeze of lemon juice.
Top the beef with the tomato mixture and serve.
It was such a lovely evening catching up with my husband. I miss him when he’s gone and there is always so much to share. Of course I had to step back to make room for the homecoming the dogs gave him! Goodness me it was like a pair of dolphins leaping about, quivering with excitement. He was licked within an inch of his life! LOL.