Friday, 22 March 2013

Eat Like Jensen Ackles

Hi peeps,

Say it with me now: FRIDAY!!! *happy wiggles*!! The weekend is here and its time to let our hair down and have a lil fun. My Eat Like today is Jensen Ross Ackles, he is known as Dean Winchester from the tv series, Supernatural. I am crazy mad about this series and have seen every episode in the last 8 seasons!! My favourite episode is "Yellow Fever".
Jensen's name is so unusual because his mom and dad took 3 days to name him. They did consider names such as Jason and Justin but found that these were just too common so twisted them and came up with Jensen. Pretty cool I think. As with Ian from last week, Jensen has been modeling since the age of 4 and intended to study Sports Medicine and become a physiotherapist or a High School Coach. He is a huge sports fan and has been since his younger days. His favourite food is steak and he really doesn't like sushi; his fav junk food is granola bars and he is not a fan of fast foods.

I found this really cool Steak and Salsa Verde recipe from Jamie Oliver on www.jamieoliver.com and I had to share it! It sounds so delish.

For the steak:

1 lb quality flank steak
⅛ teaspoon sea salt
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove garlic, halved

For the Mexican salsa verde:

1 small bunch fresh cilantro
1 small bunch fresh mint, leaves picked
1 clove garlic, peeled
1-2 fresh jalapeno or serrano chillies, seeded
4 large scallions, trimmed
2 tomatoes, roughly chopped
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
juice of 1-2 limes
1 tablespoon olive oil
⅛ teaspoon salt

Method:

Take your steak out of the refrigerator and let it get up to room temperature while you make your salsa.
Get yourself a good knife and a big cutting board. Set aside a few of the cilantro leaves, then chop the top of the bunch, stalks and all, with the mint leaves, garlic, chiles, scallions, and tomatoes until it's all very fine – watch your fingers here! Sprinkle over a pinch of the salt and pepper, then add most of the lime juice and a good lug of extra virgin olive oil. Mix together on the board, taste it, season with the remaining salt, pepper, lime juice, or chile, and put it into a bowl ready to go.

Get a frying pan, grill pan, or outdoor grill screaming hot and season both sides of your steaks with the salt, pepper, and a good lug of olive oil.

Add the steaks to the pan or grill. Your steaks should take about 6 to 7 minutes per side to cook depending on how you like them. As it cooks, rub the steak with the cut side of the garlic clove for some extra flavor.
When the steaks are perfectly cooked to your liking, move them to a plate to rest for a few minutes.
Cut the flank against the grain and with the knife at an angle to the board into ¼-inch-thick slices, and arrange them on a large serving platter or divide between your plates.

Finish with a few dollops of salsa, and scatter over your remaining cilantro leaves. Drizzle over any resting juices and let everyone tuck in.

Jamie's top tips:

* Make sure your meat is at room temperature before you start cooking – that way it will cook at the same temperature all the way through.
* It's really important to rest the meat once it's cooked. It allows the juices to settle, so you don't lose them all when you slice or carve the steak.

Here's also an easy Granola Bar recipe, this is also a great idea for packing in your kiddies school lunch boxes:

Ingredients:

1 cup semisweet choc chips
1 cup sliced almonds
3 cups quick cooking oats
1/2 cup cranberries
1 tin condensed milk
1 cup dessicated coconut
2 tablespoons melted butter.

Method:

1. Preheat your oven to 175C and grease a baking tray.
2. Mix all the ingredients into a bowl, you can use your hands, its easier. Press it into the baking dish and bake for 20 to 25 minutes
3. Allow to cool before cutting in to squares or bars and keep in an airtight container.

Oooooo yummy! I'm loving both these recipes because they're so easy and just make your mouth water. And there you have it! A super menu for a Supernatural dude!

Have a super duber uber weekend peeps! Till Monday...

Chef Shants xxxxx

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