Oh what a glorious meal I just ate.
London Broil, creamed spinach, buttered red bliss potato, and a glass of port to finish it off.
For the London Broil, I followed the recipe I found on one of my favourite food blogs: http://www.elise.com/recipes/archives/001807moms_panfried_london_broil_steak.php
For the creamed spinach, well, those of you who’ve watched me cook know I like to wing it. I heated a skillet to medium-high heat and melted about a tablespoon of butter, then added chopped garlic (tonight it was Polaner’s in a jar, though fresh is usually best) and sauteed it for a few minutes. Then I added a bag of spinach (a little at a time, giving it time to wilt, so it would all fit in the pan). I covered the skillet and let the spinach cook down until soft and bright green. Then I added, oh, I don’t know, 1/4 cup of heavy cream, about an ounce of cream cheese, and about 1/4 cup grated parmesan (not the powdery stuff, real shredded parmesan) and covered it again to let everything melt together. The red potato I microwaved. For those of you who gasp at the thought of microwaving a potato, well, you try cooking in a New York studio apartment and let me know how it goes. :o) For that, I took one red bliss potato, stabbed it with a paring knife, and put it in a bowl with enough water just to cover the bottom of the bowl (not enough to cover the potato). Then I put a plastic lid on top, since I couldn’t find the plastic wrap, and put it in the microwave for five minutes. After the “ding”, I pulled the bowl out with a kitchen towel (HOT BOWL!!), uncovered it carefully, flipped over the potato, and put it back in for another five minutes. After letting it cool a bit, I put it on my plate and added just butter and salt. Oh, this meal was GOOD and very inexpensive (london broil is a rather inexpensive cut of beef). I bought two large cuts (two london broil steaks, one of which I’ll freeze for later), two bags of spinach (the one I didn’t cook I’ll eat for the next few days as salad), a big hunk of feta (to add to that salad with the cold slices of tonight’s tasty beef), and four red potatoes for $15. Sound like a lot for dinner? Take into consideration that I live in Manhattan, and that these ingredients are going to feed me for AT LEAST four meals. Hooray for simple meals!