It's Sunday night, and all around my apartment are happy folks overindulging in several of the seven deadly sins, but specifically celebrating Pride. I'm not a big one for the whole Pride thing, not because I'm ashamed of being gay, but rather because I think that being gay is essentially a neutral thing, something more or less uninteresting.
But here Wade and I are, in the heart of the gayest place on earth - a sort of pink Disneyland. What are we doing? Talking about moving.
Wade has plied me with a few glasses of wine to get me going about our impending move to Austin Texas. More importantly, he cooked steak frites for dinner...
Wanna celebrate Pride like us any day? Try this:
-Entrecôte is called Ribeye in the US, go to your butcher and ask them to cut your steaks on the thin side (about 1/2 to 3/4 inch). Rub the steaks with olive oil, and salt and pepper them generously.
-You can make plain old oven fries (we actually usually use the Alexia brand), but they're a hell of a lot better if you actually fry them in oil - follow the instructions on the bag, it's really not that hard.
-Heat up a cast iron skillet until it's smoking, add a touch of oil, then lay the steaks in the pan and leave them alone until it's brown and crispy along the edges, flip it over and finish for a couple minutes, but leave it pink in the center.
-Serve the steak with some grainy french mustard. We also have a nice little salad of Mâche in a light vinaigrette.
-Drink some wine with this. I find that good steak frites and a nice gulpy, light, red wine enable you to drink a glass or two more than you might would normally. Wade's usually good for half a bottle, usually he drinks Coke Zero.
Navarro 2005 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir is what we drank tonight, and it was pretty tasty, if a little over-ripe for my taste.
Peirre-Marie Chermette 2005 Fleurie les Garants is what I would drink if I had my druthers - I know Wade would agree. Just a flat out delicious bottle of wine, the kind that makes you wish that the glass was bottomless and the steak without end.
p.s. Don't blog drunk!!!
p.p.s. Everyone who's reading thing really needs to buy at least a couple bottles of Domaine la Pepiere 2005 Muscadet Classique, track it down, get it nice and cold, and share with friends - you will NOT regret it!!! (I mean seriously, it's only $10.99, everyone should be drinking buckets of this stuff all summer long.)