It was a very long week last week but everything went well with my dad’s surgery. Yesterday they discharged him from hospital and now he is recuperating at home. We were all breathing a sigh of relief. Still are if you want to know the truth.
So he’ll be causing trouble for a good long while now and we wouldn’t have it any other way!
As you can imagine I’m a bit backed up with blog posts and getting everything else back on track. Kids are back at school this week so we’re winding down the summer the next couple of days. Making sure they get back into the routine of things.
Last weekend I was in the mood for Thai flavours and decided to do a grilled steak with rice noodles. We have had some success with growing fresh garlic this year and we also had ginger and cilantro on hand.
In a bowl mix 2 tablespoons peanut oil, 2 tablespoons oyster sauce, 2 tablespoons amino acid, 1 tablespoon lime juice, one to two teaspoons of fresh chopped cilantro, a large clove of garlic, finely chopped, and salt and pepper. Add the steak to marinate for at least an hour.
When it is time to cook, heat up a couple of tablespoons of peanut oil. Add a few cloves of garlic, finely chopped, and a couple of scallions, chopped. Saute until the garlic starts to soften. Add a cayenne pepper. When slicing use gloves, saves on burning skin. We keep the seeds but some may find that too hot. Saute for a few minutes.
Add a cup of chicken stock and bring to a simmer. I made the mistake of adding the rest of the veg too soon. I like my veg on the crispy side. If you like them soft then add the peppers and mushrooms when you add the stock. Also add carrots. I added a couple of tablespoons of green curry paste, a tablespoon of oyster sauce, a tablespoon of amino acids, and a splash of lime juice. Continue to simmer. As it cooks adjust the flavour to your liking.
Grill the steak to medium rare.
Take the leftover marinade and add it to the skillet and continue to simmer. While the steak is resting add half a cup light coconut milk. Add a few more teaspoons of freshly chopped cilantro at this stage as well.
While this is being created cook rice noodles according to the package. Toss the noodles in the sauce and serve. Top with the steak and peanuts.
I enjoyed this dish. The heat was mild but you could always add more hot pepper as you cook. Tonight we are doing Pad Thai for dinner. Another one of our favourites!
Glad to read everything is getting back to normal. Happy to see you were able to get back into the kitchen and with a great recipe to boot.
Thank you, Jovina! Glad you liked the recipe. 🙂
Very nice Virginia. Great to hear your good news. It must be a relief. Now, back to the blogging!
Thank you, Conor! Yes, we are very happy that the worst is over.
Wonderful news about your father – reasons to be grateful indeed! And what a perfect meal, just what I could eat right now 🙂
Thank you so much! On both fronts. 😊
Great news Virginia. Glad to hear he will be troubling you for years to come. I’m sure he is, too. 🙂 My Dad is 88 and Baby Lady’s Dad turns 90 in October. It’s a joy still having them around. At the rate they are going they very well may outlive us all.
As for the steak, it looks wonderful and the flavors seem a perfect fit. 🙂
Thank you Richard! We just need to be patient over the next several weeks while he heals. Which isn’t easy but then we should be good. 🙂 It’s a strange role reversal. After all those years keeping our parents on their toes, it’s our turn!
Glad to hear your Dad is better! Take care 🙂
Thank you. 🙂
Hi there, I haven’t been around for a while, but it’s good to see you, and good news that your dad is on the mend
Thank you so much! I hope all is well at your end.
yes all is good, thank you
Looks very smart indeed…
Why thank you. 🙂
Virginia, I am so happy to hear your Dad is recovering nicely at home and that things are getting back to normal. I really love Thai food and flavors and your steak sounds absolutely delicious, I have to look at our pad thai recipe it’s one of my favorites and I have never made it.
Oh try the Pad Thai, so easy to make. And thank you for your kind words about my dad.