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July 14, 2012

Pseudo Lazy and Please NBA Summer League die

Okay so I slept in much later than I normally do which was both fun and weird.  I woke up nearing 11 this morning but considering I was up posting at 1AM I guess that's to be expected.  I still haven't taken down my hair cause well I'm being lazy like the title says.  Snacked on some pizza, eventually marinated the flank steak and let it cook really slowly.  It's was a little thinner than some of the other flank steaks I've made in the past.  It was done in less than an hour even cooking on 325.  It sliced beautifully and the warmed up marinated coated the slices so well it was kinda sickening.  I didn't have any ginger root so I used the ground ginger in it's place.  I may have used too much but I like the tang of ginger and mom enjoyed it so that's all that matters.  There was ONE piece left when I left the living room.  The NBA Summer League game between the Lakers and Kings killed all interest in tv for me for a while.  Good LORD that was the longest half of basketball I've watched in a long time.  I know they are mostly recent signees but this was painful.  As the meat was marinating I revisited What's Cooking Chicago and got the recipe for the Gingersnap Ice Cream (just know I will be making the Gingersnap Brownies at some point in the near future but I'm trying to behave).  I used heavy whipping cream instead of heavy cream so I'm hoping there's not a huge taste difference as I had to use real maple syrup in the recipe and let's just say that's not a cheap ingredient.

I'll mix it up tomorrow since the mix needed to chill at least two hours and I'm not sure how long my ice cream maker will take to whip ice cream instead of frozen yogurt.   I'm convinced it will be tasty but I will have to stop myself from looking in at it every 20 minutes hoping it's frozen so I can eat it lol.  Oh and my poor pitiful ginger root that I bought a few weeks ago to use with steaks has wilted a LOT but it also started sprouting a little green nub.  I am going to see what I can do in order to get it grow into a plant and if it's not too time intensive I'll give it a go.  If so I'll be sure to include pictures.  Speaking of pictures I didn't take one before I sliced the flank steak--and really it doesn't look like what is is served so it would be slightly misleading--but I did take a picture of my plate before I ate.  So here's the shiny new plates and my dinner that was sooo nummy.

The marinade is simple.  1/3 a cup to 2/3 a cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup soy sauce, 1/3 cup molasses.  Minced garlic and ginger root to taste.  I used minced garlic from a jar and used about 2 hefty tablespoons.  I normally use about a teaspoon of minced ginger but tonight used 2 teaspoons of dry ginger.  I forgot the rice wine vinegar which I normally use about 1/4 of a cup but considering how it tasted I may forgo that depending on how I'm feeling.  Just whip that up really well and poor over the meat.  I use gallon size freezer bags and let it rest in the fridge for an hour or two before flipping it and waiting at least another hour before cooking.  I wrap the flank teak up very securely in foil paper and cook as slow as I need to somewhere between 300 and 325 degrees.  Don't toss the marinade after you start the meat cooking though.  When the flank steak is close to being done start warming the marinade in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Remove from the heat when it starts to boil.  Slice the meat and pour the warmed marinade over the slices.  I use a baking dish for this normally because I don't want it sliding off a serving platter.  I believe I got the recipe from gojee.com and have tweaked it to the flavors I like but it's a great taste.  And gojee is amazing.

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