Pardon a little domesticity on this site. I want to post some "how to make" stuff...no, not "recipes" (guys run screaming at THAT word.) Because, we all have to eat. Preferably, at least twice a day, and ideally, stuff that does not come out of a can or a drive-through window.
Ok. Carne mechada. I think it means "beef strips." I bought a flank steak and boiled it with an onion. Then I took it off the stove. While it was cooling, I cut up a pepper, an onion, and a half clove of garlic, and put it witha little oil and cooked it until it started smelling really good and was a little browned. While that is cooking in the oil (olive oil works best), and presumably after the flank steak has cooled a little, take the steak and a fork and proceed to strip it. Just peel away bits of steak in thin strips. Put it into an empty pot and heat it back up. Put the pepper/onion/garlic mixture in and stir thoroughly. While this is heating up, put about five tomatoes and a handful of fresh cilantro (found in the produce section) into a blender. Blend it up. Pour into pot. Throw in salt and whatever random spices you have at hand. Cook until optimal flavor occurs...at least half hour. Keep it bubbling. Stir it some. Serve over rice and have a Corona.
Sounds good ...well..maybe not the Corona but the rest of it sounds good. It reminds of that joke recipie I heard once...you take some flank steak, cow tongue and some bacon and cook it all together and its called "Lick My Greasy Ass".
I must say that cooking and food are some of the best things on earth. I dont cook much because more often than not I find myself, when looking for food, not being able to wait long enough to cook something. But on those occasions that I do find I can wait, I enjoy cooking very much. Its a very satisfying thing to make something yourself AND have it taste good. One of my faves, though at the moment I dont remember the actual recipe (I always have to look it up when I do it anyways), is kind of like a german pancake type thing...doesn't take long to make, but its very bland until you squeeze lemon all over it and dump on some sugar....oh god I could eat so many of em! Im a big fan of the grill....I can make most anything on that, other than that im good at following recipes. My final note here, I must say that clint always has some sort of amazingly delicious aroma escaping out of his kitchen!