It has been ages since I’ve written a post to satisfy a basic tenet I started with, which was that the blog would essentially be bilingual.
Realistically though, most of my readers are German. But the amount of English speaking readers has increased quite a bit over the last two years, with people from India holding a strong place in my readership.
But there are some Americans, a few Australians and even someone from New Zealand, but no one from Great Britain, so far as I know.
Anyway, here goes nothing!
My favorite butcher had a piece of Tri Tip that I bought. In Germany it goes by the name of „Bürgermeisterstück“, which translated means „Piece reserved for the mayor“. There are other specialities here that have names with similar origins, such as „Pfaffenstück“ (the best piece of meat, fowl or fish for a roast) which was reserved for the priest.
I got some broccoli in another store, and I still had a potato made for the oven at home.
I popped the potato into the oven first, since it would take the longest, then went to work on the broccoli, cutting the florets from the stem and then cuttin the peeled stem into thin diagonal slices. The broccoli was steamed for 5 minutes in a sauce pan and then fried in a hot pan with a teaspoon of chopped garlic steeped in some olive oil until florets and stem pieces were „al dente“ or with a bite to them. I put them back into the sauce pan and placed the lid on it. No more heat below.
I cleaned the chanterelle mushrooms (I had 3.5 oz.) and set them aside. Next, the Tri Tip was added to the pan reserved for steak, a beautiful orange Le Creuset enameled pan I’ve had for nearly 40 years now, which also makes all my omelets 🙂
I seared the steak from all sides, then turned it back to the original position and did it all over again. After about 10 minutes, I wrapped it in foil and let it rest for a few minutes. In the meantime the chanterelles were added to the still hot steak pan and a knob of butter was added to the mushrooms.
When they were done, I placed the potato in its jacket on the plate, opened it up and added butter and the chanterelles. The broccoli went next to the potato and the steak next to it.
When resting, the steak had hardly lost any of its juices, so I decided to cut it into tranches to better arrange it. I realized then that it was very rare (which I like). The expression for that in German is „die Kuh am Ofen vorbeiführen“, which means walking the cow by the hot oven 🙂
The meal was very „lecker“ (scrumptious).