Friday, June 05, 2009
My camera has been officially sent off to repair, the problem was not the battery so I am still borrowing a camera and I am subject to the schedule of said camera - what does this mean? Gone is my flexibility and freewheeling je ne sais quoi. Enough about my malady lets talk beef. The 'beef its whats for dinner' people had a little lunch gathering to impress upon us the value of beef, as if that was something that needed to be done. I can see if we were a bunch of vegans and vegetarians and they were trying to pull us back into the coven but dang I can eat that stuff raw so you dont need to tell me twice.
Middle of a rainy day in midtown at the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) we put our name tags on and got down to the business of beef.
We learned how to cut steaks from a whole tenderloin, and I dont know about you but that is some valuable information, as it turns out I was doing it right all along.
Giff from Constables Larder volunteered to show off and he did a stellar job. It may look easy but dont let his panache fool you there is a definite technique - push down, pull back.
The grumbling stomachs made it difficult to hear Dave, the fantastic beef chef, give us any more pointers so it was time to nosh. First up came a pistachio-herb cheese & carmelized onion topped beef tenderloin crostini, and if I could possibly add more words on to this I would. It was a'ight, no seriously it was pretty tasty.
It then got uncomfortably quiet as we were standing around so they said we could sit down and enjoy the next dish and this one got ripped off in the description department - steak and tomato salad - told you nothing verbose going on with that one. This one was nice - the steak was cooked exactly to my liking and the dressing on the arugula added just the right bite.
Eat some 'beef its whats for dinner' - everyone is on the grass fed tip and its not just a marketing thing or natural thing its a 'makes sense' thing. Grass and pastures require little to no maintenance making them a very cost effective way to raise cattle - the cattle graze longer before they are brought in to fatten up on grains and corn resulting in leaner beef. So there you go.
Posted by Christo Gonzales at 2:47 PM