A series of anecdotes with or without any connection to the running of a restaurant.

Saturday, March 31, 2007

Under the weather...

This evening I went to work at 5pm. I sat in the office sneezing and shivering. At 7pm, I decided to go home.
I went to Asda, got myself some medicines... Notice the pack of Sudafed
in the bottom right corner?
I decided to go the whole hog and cure myself totally.
A Sirloin Steak, a baguette, some olive oil, a bottle of St Emilion and a bottle of South African Shiraz and some Camembert.
I am a great believer in traditional medicine.

A dash of olive oil in a very hot pan. Two minutes on either side. A pinch of salt, a pinch of American Barbecue Spice....

The end result is smashing. I like my steaks medium-rare, leaning towards the rare side.

You know what? Them Sudafed tablets have begun to work because I am starting to feel great.
Shame, I can't go back to work! I'm already over the limit...Ahhhhh....
I might as well watch the new Dr Who...


Blogger Hayden said...

Oh YUM! that steak looks perfect.

ahem - BOTH a bottle of St Emilion AND one of Shiraz?

I'll bet you WERE feeling good - who needs sudafed?

31/3/07 9:29 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

I'd be lying if I said I didn't feel better after the first glass but I am not one to leave unfinished business...

So. yeah, Hayden, I felt it my duty to finish both bottles. Thank goodness for Camembert and French bread!

31/3/07 10:06 PM  
Blogger anna said...

I prefer my steak more on the medium side, but whatever floats your boat. And South African Shiraz is my current favourite - except I can't remember which one it is right now.

Hope you're feeling better.

31/3/07 10:20 PM  
Blogger Dizzy said...

What with sudafed and wine (2 bottles) you will be asleep in no time, then it will be morning again and guess what... you will have to go back to work.

Ps. Hope your feeling better tomorrow - really!

31/3/07 10:44 PM  
Blogger Ginger*:)* said...

Gosh, who knew... I always thought it was chicken soup that was the 'cure' but now I have a new way to chase a cold. Works for me!

Thanks for the visit to my illustration blog. Yes, of course upgrade to Painter X unless you already have XI which is just as good.

31/3/07 11:08 PM  
Blogger Queenie said...

Make mine well done (yes I know!!). Ditto, sniffing etc, sudafed the cure.
I'm sure we will BoNcEInG FiT tomorrow, hic!!

31/3/07 11:14 PM  
Blogger LDahl said...

...I'm not sure all that together is safe..... that barbeque sauce just might send you over the edge!

1/4/07 6:13 AM  
Blogger Akelamalu said...

Now that's my kind of medicine!

1/4/07 12:32 PM  
Blogger zoe said...

i admit to liking my steaks so rare that they're almost walking off the plate. i hope you finished the entire bottle of olive oil aswell - how's the hangover this morning ?

hope the rest of you is feeling better.

1/4/07 2:24 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

hope yer feeling better dear!

1/4/07 6:28 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

Anna, tastes and colours cannot be argued upon. Whatever rocks your boat. SA wines are very good.

Dizzy, I didn't go to work. The Sudafed is definitely working.

Ginger, I'll have to try your recipe! Thanks for visiting.

Queenie, ouch! Well Done! Well, you're the one who's eating it. When I was a young chef I used to rant and rave whenever someone ordered a WD steak but nowadays, I have mellowed and I say to myself they're the ones eating the cardboard...;o)

L, the barbeque spice added a wee bit of zip to the steak.

Akelamalu, this medicine works. I'd feel a lot better if it wasn't for my slight hangover...;o)

Zoe, blue is my favourite colour. I did get well oiled with the virgin olive oil...
But I put it in my dressing: the simplest and tastiest ever. Olive oil, lemon juice, freshly ground black pepper and sea salt. Mmmm!
The hair of the dog (can of lager) got rid of the hangover.

Thanks, Val, I am feeling a lot better.

1/4/07 7:56 PM  
Blogger dinahmow said...

I was going to get something for my irritating cough;seems all I need to purchase is the cheese and the baguette.(I s'pose Shiraz-Merlot will work?)

2/4/07 6:36 AM  
Blogger tinakala said...

Oh, the meat and wine looks so much better than Sudafed.

2/4/07 7:04 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

Dinahmow, welcome. Yep, Shiraz-Merlot worked perfectly well.

Tinakala, welcome. I have never seen anyone drool over Sudafed! ;0)

2/4/07 11:38 AM  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

Oh boy, I was so hungry after reading this on Saturday afternoon, I left to go eat and didn't come back here until today. I'm hungry again!!

2/4/07 7:26 PM  
Anonymous edvard moonke said...

that looks like a perfectly cooked stake. I always ask for it burnt on the outside and pink in the middle, and always um-ed and erm-ed at...

2/4/07 9:49 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

Gigi, mind the green beans...;o)

Marcos, I thought you weren't allowed to be a carnivore!

3/4/07 11:14 AM  
Blogger la bellina mammina said...

Hello - hope you feel better - I love my steak medium rare too, especially with a good bottle of wine.

3/4/07 3:04 PM  
Blogger lettuce said...

I jolly well hope you watched the new Dr. Who.

well worth the wait, I thought

3/4/07 6:20 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

The Doc's new assistant is nearly as good as Billie...

3/4/07 7:44 PM  
Blogger Brian the Mennonite said...

The next time I get sick I think I'll consult Dr. Cream. I love the way you dispense medicine.

You and I could get along just fine.
"These are a few of my favourite things. When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I'm feeling sad. I simply pull out a bottle of red and a wheel of brie, and then I don't feel so bad." (I was singing just then)

3/4/07 11:10 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

Brian, that's the spirit! You may not get better faster but you do enjoy getting better...
I am sure we would!
Excuse my ignorance but is that a song?

4/4/07 10:49 AM  

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