Monday, January 21, 2013

Valentine's Day Table Setting & a Recipe

I know some people may think it's a tad early for a Valentine's Day post but oh well!

We had friends over for dinner on Saturday night and I opted for simple yet pretty place settings.

I bought the cookies from Longo's. They aren't very good but they're cute.

The wine glass shown here were apart of the swag bag from Blog Podium. I think I've used them more as vases then I have to drink out of.
Unfortunately we've broken almost all of our wine glasses so I had to use stemless glasses. I really need to buy some more!
My menu on Saturday had a bit for everyone. One of things we made for the first time was flank steak. I don't know a lot of people who have made this but I found a great and simple recipe on Canadian Living.
Here is the recipe from Canadian Living:


  • 1 tsp grated lemon rind - Note: I just grated the rind of a whole lemon
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh oregano
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 lb beef flank marinating steak 
Note: I didn't really go by those measurements, I eyeballed it based on the piece of meat I had. It was rather large so I increased my portions.


In shallow glass dish, whisk together lemon rind and juice, oil, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper; add steak, turning and patting to coat. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes or for up to 4 hours.

Place steak on greased grill over medium-high heat; close lid and grill until medium-rare, about 6 minutes per side. (Or broil for about 4 minutes per side.)

Transfer steak to cutting board and tent with foil; let stand for 5 minutes before carving thinly across the grain.

Note: It was delicious and super easy to make. The piece of meat I bought was large and took about 22 minutes to BBQ to medium-rare. The mister told me yesterday that he added a bit of soya sauce before he bbq'd the meat.

Also, we didn't tent with meat after it came off the bbq, we just cut it and served it.

Now tell me, do you like Valentine's Day themed tables and two, do you have a good flank steak recipe to share?


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