Until Next Time

Do you ever experience moments when, for no apparent reason, you start craving rather peculiar foods?  Instances where a wee voice peaks out of your subconscious and whispers “psst… I’m hungry…”, when your attempts at ignoring it are futile and the hunger evolves into an overpowering of conscious thought, and the voice, no longer at a whisper says, “I asked you nicely the first time”.  You know the cravings I’m talking about.   

What’s different about these cravings, from let’s say a regular sugar fix, is that the hunger will be for a food that I wouldn’t normally eat.  I’ll yearn for pancakes loaded with butter and syrup, which I eat about once a year (during Stampede) and don’t even like.  Or I’ll suddenly long for the peanut butter and Cheese Whiz on toast that I ate when I was a kid (don’t knock it, it’s good).  Or, for example, the other night when I was walking home from the bus, my mind was focused on a Denver sandwich.

When I got in the door I immediately set to putting the sandwich together.  No time to waste.  I had a bag of asparagus ends in the fridge that were left over from something, so I peeled, diced and fried them with the onion and red pepper.  Then I added an egg  and cream, lightly beaten and seasoned it with salt and pepper.  When the egg was done I flipped it onto the toast, draped it with a big slice of Swiss cheese and a piece of black forest ham. 

It was so yummy.  And it must have satisfied my Denver desires, because the little voice retreated into the darkness.  But, I’m sure we’ll meet again.

Blue Rare & Beyond

This is a little taste of the steak tartare that I’ve always known to be my Grandmothers.  I’m sure it seems yucky to some of you, but it’s just something that I grew up with.  It might not be your standard comfort food, but piled atop fresh white bread it’s one of the best things around.   

To make this batch I bought a sirloin from Hoven Farms at the Farmers Market and had them double grind it for me.  They trim all your meat right there in front of you.  What a great place! 

To make it I add all the seasonings to taste, so no two batches are alike.  Throw in salt, pepper, lemon juice, 1 egg, Maggi seasoning and lots of diced onion.  Then, if you have the patience, I let it sit in the fridge for awhile.  It does taste better when the flavors have had a chance to mingle a bit.

Be brave, give it a try.  You just might like it.