Monday, December 21, 2009
Meat From the Heavens! Yearly Meat Gift Arrives!
If you have managed to read my drivel since the preceding holiday season, then you will know that I have a gracious and lovely extended family unit that sends me, like clockwork, a yearly meat box. I am talking, of course, about some Omaha Steak action. Click for the Beef Bourguignon I crafted from last years gift. I am a big fan of gifting things that are edible, wearable, drinkable, smellable, etc... Much more enjoyable to receive than some random tchotchke crap, me thinks. So I am appreciative when someone shares this sentiment.
In the past the Omaha Steaks boxes have contained a fairly standard assortment of meat, tatties, and veg. I was delighted that this year the company seemed to mix it up a little bit and include a delightfully weird assortment of frozen delicacies. We will start with the steaks. Omaha Steaks are what they are, we are not talking super prime, dry aged jobbers. No matter what I do to them, they always remind me of the steaks you get at Fridays or Applebees. That is not to say that I won't happily gobble and munch them all with relish. First, we have some sirloins.
Then some tenderloins.
Did I mention they were bacon wrapped?
Here is where it starts to get interesting. Usually there is a rough theme to the package, as if you cooked it all at once it would comprise a full, "meat and two veg" type meal. In a quite non sequitur fashion, this meat box contained a frozen lasagna.
For the potato dish we find a box labeled "Potatoes Gratin." I expected the standard potato slices in white sauce and cheese, but was confronted by this.
Giant brown balls? I assume these are croquettes of some sort. I had to restrain myself from throwing one in the oven immediately to investigate. But alas, you will have to wait for actual reviews on all of this stuff. Instead of allowing the meat box items to languish in the ice box, I like to get some friends together and eat everything in one shot. Usually I try to find some interesting way to throw everything together, this year I am thinking something Indian inspired. Oh, I almost forgot about dessert. A tiny Carnegie Deli cheesecake.
That is all for now.