Over the weekend I've had the pleasure of playing host to one-time client, now good friend Josh Wilkie and his lovely wife Exy. They were in town to scout out the area and brainstorm with me about moving here, and, working with me at Courage performance! Good news everyone out West: Courage Performance is about to expand!
I'll get to that later this week, but for now I wanted to talk about an interesting way I've found to really get into cooking. You see, I've written about my manic-depressive cooking practice, as in, I sometimes cook all the time, experimenting with interesting new dishes and so on. And then, I'll go through a phase where boiling water seems like a more challenging task than climbing Everest with a 100# backpack and gas mask on. These days I've been a little of both. A couple weeks ago I really focused in on getting my nutrition dialed away so that I could drop a few pounds in prep for the CrossFit Games season. To do that, I really needed to focus on cooking most of my own food. I struggled through that all week, shuffling around the kitchen wishing I was doing something else but forcing myself to do what needed to be done. Then, when my friend came to town, one of my first promises was that I would cook him and his a wife a meal. Now I HAD to cook something, and it had to be somewhat respectable! And to make matters worse I had introduced them to my two favorite spots around here, Urban Bistro (a small cafe that has incredibly high quality foods and is flat out good), and Gorilla BBQ (hands down, without hesitation the BEST BBQ I've ever had).
So, after letting them in on the best food I know of, and then showing them around town to all the best spots I know of, I really had to do something to keep them excited.
So, I picked up some flank steak, some Brussels sprouts, some sweet potatoes, bacon and a few other odds and ends and prepared a simple meal that is very well-rounded and bursting with flavor. I'll share it with you all. I started off my poking some holes in the sweet potatoes and sticking them in the oven at 400. Then I cooked up 3 strips of bacon in a pan. Set the bacon aside to crisp and halved about 20 Brussels sprouts and put them on the bacon greased pan (very low heat) for about 15ish minutes). While they cooked, I threw some salt and cumin o the flank steak, and threw that in the oven for about 8-10 minutes per side (would have rather grilled it, but don;t have a grill). When the Brussels sprouts were getting a little soft, and the flat sides were nice and brown, I tossed the bacon back in (cut it all up first) along with some minced up garlic, cranked the heat for about 2-4 minutes and then threw it all in a serving bowl. The steak was done, so I took that out and cut it into slices. Then, I took the half-done sweet potatoes and chopped then up and tossed them into the pan (still had some bacon grease in it), added a little coconut oil and cooked those potato cubes on medium for about 8 minutes (or until soft). I sprinkled some cinnamon on them at the end and threw those in a bowl. Bam. Awesome. Yum. Try it out and let me know how it goes!
Oh, and the whole point to this post. I am clearly pretty energized after preparing a nice meal for others. I want to do it again! Plus, they were so grateful they cleaned up (that's the best part)! I came up with a couple ideas I want to try, learned a couple things about timing when to start things and such as I cooked. It just fueled that desire to be in the kitchen and create something that not only I can enjoy, but that I can share with others. Maybe I can start something where I cook for a small group at least once a week. And they can clean up. Who's in?
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