The best roast beef

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You know, sometimes you eat something that you can’t get out of your mind – for several years! So about 6-7 years ago, in upper secondary school, Linn made this double marinated roast beef. Last week I found myself craving this particular dish, so I asked her for the recipe. I made some small modifications to it.

This is a two-day recipe, which is easy to prepare in advance for e.g. a dinner party.

1st marinade:

– 800g beef fillet (rump or sirloin)
– 2 tbsp of soy sauce
– 2 tbsp of hoisin sauce
– 0,5 tsp of salt
– 2 tbsp of oil
– 1 tsp of sugar

Combine all ingredients for the marinade in a small bowl, put the meat (clean if theres excess tendons) into a plastic bag and pour over the marinade. Press out any excess air and tie. Let sit over night in the fridge, turn the meat every once in a while.

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When cooking the meat, take it out from the marinade, tap it dry with paper. The meat gets a nice dark color from the marinade. Then fry quickly in a hot pan to get color, put in a 150 degree oven for about 30 minutes until the inside temperature of the meat is 55 degrees. If you want it more cooked, let it get to 65 degrees. But I think that roast beef is more tender and juicier when left a bit more red.

When the beef is cooked, let it rest wrapped in tin foil for at least 15-20 minutes before slicing it into thin strips.

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2nd marinade:

– 0,5 dl water
– 0,5 dl white wine vinegar ( I added a squeeze of lemon for freshness)
– 2 dl of oil
– 1 tsp salt
– 1 tsp of ground pepper
– 2 garlic cloves (grated or pressed)
– 0,5 dl of chopped parsely
– 2 tbsp of chopped capers
– I had some fresh oregano in the fridge which I added a handfull of

Add all ingredients to a bowl and stirr well. Then dress the meat with the marinade, let sit for 1-2 hours in the fridge before serving.

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I served the meat with oven roasted veggies (red onion, squash, carrot and paprica, chili, garlic, fresh oregano, olive oil, salt and pepper)! This was super yummy!

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Gotsu Kyuho’s kitchen

Last week, I took a break from reading and met up with Annina for some catching up and lunch in Gotsu Kyuho’s kitchen, which is a Korean restaurant. Typical bloggers taking 50 pictures before eating, haha!

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You might remember that I’ve been there before last autumn ( read here). It’s a small and cosy place which is open from monday to friday. The place is more suitable for lunch than dinner, but I love the food! This time I ate crispy chili and garlic chicken which was reaally good.

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Gotsu Kyuho’s Kitchen, Pärnu mnt 62A

Easy peasy

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I’m trying not to eat any wheat flour anymore, which means no pasta, which is actually fine by me. I don’t eat either way pasta that often, exept when being lazy or in a hurry. I love potato and sweet potato, I love them in all forms.

Today I cooked a quite quick and easy dinner, pesto-pine seed-salmon in the oven and mashed potatoes and boiled broccoli. Easy peasy!

Start with peeling and cutting the potatoes (4 floury potatoes, mid size) and let boil until over cooked. Meanwhile prepare the salmon.
When the potatoes are cooked, drain, mash them, add about 2 tbsp of butter and 0,5 dl of milk to it and a lot of salt. Potatoes need salt.

For the salmon you need (400g chunk of fish) 2 tbsp of greek yoghurt, 3 tbsp of pesto and some pine seeds. And some salt and pepper ofcourse.
I have been wondering for a while why there isn’t any smetana or creme fraiche in the food stores in Estonia? I find it so wierd that there is only soured cream (habukoor)… Well, tell me if you know!

Okey, so basically combine the yoghurt and pesto and season with salt and pepper and sprinkle over the pine seeds. Bake in 180 degree oven for 10-15 minutes depending on the thickness of the fish.

Boil the broccoli for max 5 minutes until al dente, drain and squeeze some lemon ontop and season with some salt. Ahh, love simply boiled broccoli with a squeeze of lemon juice. Yum

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Monday

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Hello and good evening! I’m still spending 2 weeks of Christmas vacation, which means that I should write on my thesis but I’m trying to do some other necessary things first, or postponing. Well, first things first I’m trying to find a rhythmn. Today I took a soft start, did some writing during the day, then too many episodes of The Office and date night consisting of movie(Big Hero 6, amazingly good!!!!) and dinner at Del Gallo Nero! Tomorrow I will be a bit more efficient and post some recipes here aswell. Nighty!