Dish 1 – Bistek Tagalog

Now I’m not one for New Years Resolutions, but I’ve been wanting to get back into cooking because well I love to eat and cooking for my hubby 🙂 I enjoy making food from scratch, and I’m generally good at it, or so say my customers (who eats it no matter what). But I have a limited number of dishes.

I also like buying and receiving recipe books, because the food looks so delish! My problem is that I get too bored or lazy and end up taking shortcuts. Or I don’t read it properly, give up halfway and make a stir fry.

Which is why I’ve come up with an idea. I’m starting small. I am aiming to cook a different dish each week following a recipe from start to finish then blog about it. Or at least take a photo. Yes, I know, it sounds like Julie & Julia (which I watched on our honeymoon 14 months ago, and wanted to do something similar but never got around to it). But I’m keeping it way simple, and taking baby steps. So, my first dish went a little something like this…

Dish 1: Sirloin Steak Filipino-Style (Bistek Tagalog) 

  • Cuisine: Filipino
  • Type: Dinner
  • Main ingredients: Sirloin steak and potatoes
  • Rating: Relatively easy, it just takes awhile to marinate and simmer, I give it:
    2 out of 5
  • Recipe book: Filipino homestyle dishes – delicious meals in minutes by Norma Olizon-Chikiamco. My older sister gave me this book a few years ago and I’ve done the odd dish now and the again, I’m determined to use it more! 
  • Preparation: It was pretty simple and quick to cut the onion, steak and potatoes. I did stumble when I realised I didn’t have enough lime. As I only bought 1 fresh lime which got me 1/8 cup, 1/4 of what I needed. I settled for some lime juice cordial to top up what was need to marinate the beef, and got hubby to buy some more on his way home. 
  • Alteration: Instead of frying the potato wedges I baked them instead, less effort and healthier. Despite my need to dribble oil on it. It took the same amount of time to marinate the beef (30min) and over all cooking (20-30min). But they were crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside mmm!
  • Duration: As always, I take longer to cook then what it says in the recipe (30min marinate 15min cooking), despite following the recipe. Only by 15 or so mins, but it felt like awhile. It was totally worth simmering the liquid down to sauce.

The Bistek Tagalog (pictured) was yummy, especially the potatoes (I’m a big potato fan). We watched it while watching the mini series The Pacific (which has no relevance to the dish, it was just what we were doing at the time). Bistek Tagalog is a very limey type of dish, so prepare to taste the zestiness!

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