Leftover Pepper-steak and beans

Last week I made Peppersteak pie, I made too much meat and although I made 4 pies I still had ample leftover meat. So the very next day I mixed my leftover steak with some green string beans and this was the result. Its easy to make it from scratch and relatively healthy. The meat was extremely tender even after leaving it in the fridge over-night. You can also add a side dish like mashed potatoes.

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Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 500g Green string beans (frozen)
  • 5oog steak
  • 1/2 cup flour seasoned with salt & pepper ( you can add more if you have more meat)
  • olive oil for frying
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 5 mushrooms
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1x 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup Worcester sauce
  • 1-2 tablespoons cracked black pepper (to taste)
  • 1/2 cup merlot
  • salt to taste

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  1. Marinade the meat in the Worcester sauce for about 30-60 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
  3. In a large pan, put a generous amount of olive oil
  4. Coat the meat with the seasoned flour mixture and shake off any excess flour. Put it in the frying pan and fry until golden brown.
  5. Remove the meat from the pan and set aside. In the same pan fry the onions, garlic and mushrooms.
  6. Add the chopped tomatoes, merlot, rosemary, thyme, pepper and excess Worcester sauce.
  7. Add the meat back into the pan and simmer for 10-15 minutes. The meat should already be soft enough so no need to cook it for longer than that.
  8. Boil the beans until tender
  9. Mix everything together and serve.

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Hard Rock Cafe, Busan – Review

When we went to Busan for the first time we tried to do some research of places to go and see. We were particularly looking for a place where we can eat a western or american style meal, as those are so rare in Korea. We found a website that had some suggestions and we went out of our way to find the place. We even had a meal at one of the restaurants suggested. Although the meal was nice it wasn’t nearly as nice as what we found on our own.

On our 2nd day in Busan we were walking around to find a restaurant that sells breakfast and came across the Hard Rock Cafe. Although they only open at 11 am we immediately decided to go there for dinner. We are not familiar with Hard Rock but I’m sure I’ve heard the name somewhere before. Therefore dinner it was.

We decided on burgers and some cocktails.

The atmosphere was amazing. They had a live band ( I don’t know if they have this in all the Hard Rock cafe’s :p ) and the waiters were really friendly and helpful. All their staff speaks English which always helps when you’re in a foreign country. Personally I think that the food is truly worth the price. Usually all Western style restaurants are expensive but Hard Rock was reasonable compared to other restaurants and the food was much better than said restaurants.

We loved it so much that we took my brother and his wife there the next time we went to Busan and I heard from my brother that he’s been there again a few times afterwards.

P.S A meal cost us about 80,000 won per couple, including drinks. Burgers range from 23,000 -29,000 won. Fillet mignon was around 46,000 won. Ribs were less than 40,000 won and it was a lot of ribs. T-bone steak is 76,000 won and the Large cocktails are 13,000

Map

Phone number: +82-51-742-7625

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Beach themed Anniversary Party

More than a few years ago my parents asked me help them organise their 25th wedding anniversary. My mother was already sick by then. She wanted the whole family to be there and she wasn’t looking for something over the top but rather for something casual with some dancing at the end of the night. My parent had a roomy house with a seperate entertainment room and an outside pool. We then decided to have a beach party in the back yard. We wanted a real summer feel to the event so this is what our menu looked like

Entree- Fruit kebabs

Main – Home made chicken and beef hamburgers

Dessert – Ice-cream cones.

To drink my dad made us some sangria in a watermelon

. We threw Gerber’s and candles in the pool to give it that romantic holiday feel.

We further had cocktail umbrellas for the drinks. Crepe paper flower necklaces for each of the quests and we made little palm trees out of carrots and green peppers for table decorations. Our serviettes were in pink, orange, yellow, green and sea blue.

Although my father initially thought that having such a casual party wouldn’t work out well… the party was a huge success and everyone had a wonderful time. We even got to catch up with some relatives we haven’t seen in a while.signature_k22a8w5v6d6jv2mpnr