Category Archives: Beef

Beef Sliders

Mmmmmmm burgers.

Vivian’s weakness is burgers. We had recently gotten burgers at a local burger joint and she ordered her burger without the bun…me? naaaaah. Buns for me. If I’m going to cheat, I’m going to cheat. But learning from the previous night, I decided to make sliders with lettuce as buns. I grabbed a pound of ground beef, mixed in an egg, made little patties, seared both sides and threw it in the oven for 25 min at 400 degrees. I then put cheeeeeeeeese on it and waited 5 more minutes to melt. Using my amazing ability to multitask, while the patties were in the oven, I chopped some onions and mushrooms and cooked them over some coconut oil til they were soft. Also chopped some tomatoes. Once done, Vivian and I put our tetris to the test and built mini slider towers with all the ingredients, wrapped them in lettuce, and ate them. Mission complete. In your face, carbs.

Here are some pics taken with our professional equipment. Big spoon’s iPhone.

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-Lil Spoon

Vietnamese Beef Stew

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My mom brought me a slow cooker and I had no idea what to use it for. It was just sitting at the very bottom of my kitchen cupboard. Finally spent some class time looking up slow cooker recipes and nothing motivated me enough to use it… Until I had a crazy (month+ long) craving for some home-made bo kho (beef stew), just like how my momma makes it back home. Lil spoon looked up a recipe for slow cooker bo kho and voila found this!

Lil spoon then went to Chinatown while I studied and he picked up the spices and other ingredients. The meat we used were some beef with tendon and we grabbed some without the tendon. The only things we were missing were the potatoes (purposely), cinnamon sticks (didn’t have it), & annatto seeds (lil spoon’s cantonese can only take him so far….). Also, some substitutions: instead of flour, we used almond flour and instead of all water, I substituted half of it for beef broth.

Of course, my kitchen still doesn’t have measuring spoons so I used my Vietnamese senses to get the taste just right. Turned out as the best bo kho I’ve ever had (including mom’s, I could be biased though). We ate it with a side of cauliflower rice & sriracha. Yums.

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Steak & Salad

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Today’s dinner. Steak fried with coconut oil, onions and garlic. Salad with a homemade balsamic vinaigrette (equal parts of balsamic vinegar & olive oil, honey, pepper).

Back to studying ;( Happy birthday to my lil spoon though!

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