Monthly Archives: April 2009
We are currently trying to clean up the freezer from assorted stuff we had accumulated over the past year or so. Like everybody we tend to accumulate a bunch of frozen stuff and before it gets too old and needs to be thrown out, we recently decided it was time to use everything so that we can slowly restock it with things we are using more regularly.
Yesterday we took out a piece of beef tenderloin that had been frozen for a while. It was of local origin, and like most local meats it tends to be much lower in fat content, thus it has a tendency to be a lot dryer and harder than imported beef. Last week I had prepared a nice piece of the filet I had removed from a big imported T-Bone roast that we did last summer for Normita’s birthday and it was stunning as a small roast. I stir-fried half of the tenderloin I had defrosted yesterday, and it turned out a bit dry and chewy. I did not want to repeat the experience and today I decided to marinate it all day to see if we could salvage the meat.
We had not been out food shopping since last week, so I improvised something with what I had at hand in the kitchen. The tenderloins turned out very tender and juicy this time. We ate them with steamed chayotes and a carrot salad Normita made.
1 pound beef tenderloin cut in 4 1 Â½” thick slices
1 tbs desiccated onions
1 tbs desiccated garlic
1 tbs vegetal meat tenderizer
1 tbs crushed peppercorns
1 tbs finely diced fresh ginger
1 tbs sesame seeds
1 tbs sesame oil
1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
2 tbs soy sauce
Â½ bottle red wine
1. In a large bowl place the wine, soy sauce, Worcestershire, sesame oil and seeds, ginger, peppercorns, tenderizer, garlic, and onions and mix them well.
2. With the flat part of a meat hammer flatten the tenderloin slices until they are reduced to Â¾” and then with the toothed part of the hammer down to a bit over Â¼”.
3. Place the flattened tenderloins in the marinade and cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 3-4 hours.
4. Take the bowl out of the refrigerator about 30 minutes before cooking the meal and grill over high coals, or on the stove in a grill pan.
For the past few years we have been unable to update this site, even though it has been running on our internal server here at the office. It is a long story, but it involves moving a few time, not having any kitchen for more than 6 months, and for the past year not having time to stop and smell the roses. After so long not recording our cooking adventures, it will be strange to get back into it again.
In the coming weeks we will start posting again on a more or less regular schedule, and now that I am fluent in Spanish, I will try to occasionally post in both English and Spanish, and slowly start translating the content, at least the recipes to start with.
I also want to attend to the business side of this site that has being neglected for too long. To do this I will actively re-start development of our long awaited food/wine line of software. This is partly motivated by the fact that my IT consulting business wants to do more multi-platform (Windows, MacOS, Linux) development and we need as smaller project to test some new tools and integrations ideas. The fact that it will involve my favorite subjects will not hurt either. Keep an eye here for upcoming announcements about both the software and conference season.
We are also planning some Food/Wine and lifestyle conferences for the upcoming summer 2009 season here in Mexico City, and I thought that it would be a good idea to resuscitate the site to promote them and to get back in the lifestyle we used to have. It has been way to long that we have not been living under the creed that I always said I would live by, mainly to enjoy all the pleasures of life on a daily basis and live each day as if it was the last one…
I welcome back all of you that have been visiting regularly to see if there will finally be some new posts. To those that passes here on a search for new cooking ideas, stick with us as we will soon be posting regularly. I hope that you all enjoy what we have to say and that you will return regularly now that we will be posting new ideas.