A Home Cooking Attempt

Thursday, March 6, 2014
Some of you might know this already, but my older brother lives in Taiwan. He comes back about once a month, and every time he comes back, he makes dinner for us since he's a great cook. Well, he came back yesterday morning, and last night he decided to cook us up some steaks for dinner. Since I'm off school at the moment, I decided to help out.

One of the first things we did was cut up the potatoes and throw them in the oven to get them ready to make mash. Unfortunately that didn't work out, so we ended up with just some oven-roasted potatoes, which I'm not complaining about. 

I'm pretty terrible when it comes to chopping stuff up, but my brother took a chance on me anyway and assigned me to the onion chopping station. Thankfully I didn't cut myself or ruin the onions, so I'd say the entire experience was very much a success!

We wanted to caramelize them so we threw some olive oil and butter in a pan to heat up for just a second, then we threw the onions in there too and left them to caramelize, stirring and tossing continuously to make sure they didn't burn.

And then it was back to the chopping station, this time with tomatoes. For some reason I felt like they looked really pretty, so I made sure to get my brother to get a snap of me cutting them up! 

We tossed them into a bowl full of different types of lettuce and veggies to make a salad, which was also drizzled with olive oil and pepper. 

And the main event...the steaks! This was a lot easier than I expected it would be. All we had to do was liberally sprinkle on some salt and pepper and drizzle on olive oil so that it wouldn't stick to the grill. After patting the seasoning in, we threw them on. 

After taking them off we added the caramelized onions and some chopped chives over the top. 

For me, I'd requested some steak tartare after seeing a really yummy photo my brother posted on his instagram a few weeks ago. I didn't get any photos of this process unfortunately since I was out running errands when my brother started cooking! I can tell you though that he started by hand chopping the steak, and mixing it with chives, onion, garlic, salt and pepper, and olive oil. He also added an egg yolk on top because...why not? 

Look how pretty he made it look, too! He was very flattered when I snapchatted a photo of it to a few of my friends and they thought I was at a restaurant. It does look very professional, I must admit. 

I don't cook elaborate meals very often but this was really fun, and it was really nice bonding with my brother over the whole thing. It's definitely something I'd do again and hopefully this means I can try to do some of this myself!


  1. I don't think I'll be able to cook this lol! Looks delicious though x

    WOMANOUK (beauty & drawings)

  2. Haha it's actually not as hard as I thought it would be. I'm sure if you gave it a shot you'd be surprised!

  3. olga_lostindaydreamsMarch 7, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    Amazing!! All looks so yummy!



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