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Football! Week 15 – Thai Beef Salad (aka Supermodel Food)

Damn, the Bears season is basically over.  I’m pissed.  And don’t give me that “They got Tebowed” bull.  Tebow was pretty much pwned until the last two minutes.  Then, the Bears got into the prevent defense, which always leads to trouble.  Second-string Ivy League college quarterbacks could complete those easy passes Tebow made to wide-open receivers.  Obviously, Bears backup QB Caleb Hanie should be an Ivy League punter.  So we didn’t get Tebowed, we got Hanied.  Throw in some idiotic plays by Bears’ running back Marion Barber and the game, and season, are over.

I really needed something to cheer me up from that loss (and needed a recipe).  So I visited Chrissy Teigen’s very funny food blog –  I’m not sure how I first came across it, but I’m hooked.  She’s got some great recipes and a very easy-going writing style, peppered with some sailorish vocabulary.

The first time I read her blog, I saw that she referenced her boyfriend, John.  I then saw a picture of him in their living room and was surprised to see it was R&B superstar and Grammy winner John Legend.  So then it got me wondering, “Who the heck is Chrissy Teigen?”  Well, it turns out she’s mostly known for this…

Yep, she’s a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model.  Now you see why I went there for cheering up?

Yum Nua Recipe (Thai Beef Salad)

This is her recipe that appeared in Shape magazine.  It’s super easy and very tasty.  The recipe calls for NY Strip, but I went to Whole Foods and if I was going to pay $20 a pound, it’s going to be front and center on the plate.  I went with skirt steak, because it’s cheap, cooks quickly and is flavorful.  I hate to brag, but this sucker came out PERFECT, unlike many of the steaks in last week’s Top Chef

  • Well-marbled New York steak, grilled to your liking, but preferably no more than medium rare (Note: Allow to rest at room temperature before slicing.)
  • 1 small red onion, sliced into skinny wedges
  • 1 bunch cilantro, coarsely chopped, no stems
  • Large handful cherry tomatoes, sliced in half (or 1/2 vine-ripened tomatoes cut into wedges)
  • 2 limes
  • 1 tbsp. palm sugar (Note: Brown sugar may be substituted, but you may need to add more since it’s not as sweet. Use the minimum and adjust to your liking.)
  • 1.5 tbsp. fish sauce
  • Chili powder to taste
  1. Grill the steak as directed above and slice into thin strips after allowing to rest for 15-20 minutes. Add to a large mixing bowl.
  2. Because the palm sugar is so pasty, put it in a small bowl, add some of the lime juice and mush into a thick liquid form.
  3. Add non-vegetable ingredients, including lime juice, fish sauce and palm sugar, first into the steak bowl. Toss with your hands to incorporate all over the steak.
  4. Add the rest of the veggies, toss and taste. Tasting as you go is the most important part.
  5. Add more fish sauce if it needs more salt, or more sugar if it is too lime-y.

She said – If you want to get fancy, mound into a shallow bowl or platter on a bed of frilly lettuce and garnish with lime wedges, additional cilantro and a chili pepper flower.

I served mine with Pad Thai.

Week 15 Picks

This week’s guest is a Black Spanish Radish.    I picked this up at the Farmers Market, because I thought it was a beet.  Oh well, we’ll go with it.

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7 comments on “Football! Week 15 – Thai Beef Salad (aka Supermodel Food)

  1. Yinzerella
    December 14, 2011

    That Pad Thai looks boss. Get me the recipe for THAT!
    Also, I am sad to say that you are right–the 49ers will beat my beloved Steelers. Big Ben can only Steve McNair it so much.

  2. thefoodandwinehedonist
    December 14, 2011

    Had a few smartass McNair-related remarks ready to apply to Ben, but remembered Steve’s no longer with us (RIP)… I was going to post the recipe to the Pad Thai here, got lazy and was going to save for a later post. Who am I kidding, I’ll probably be too lazy to post later… It’s a recipe I clipped out of the NYT a few years ago and have played around with. I rarely put in the broccoli because I just think it pairs well, but give it a shot. The accompanying article’s actually interesting if you have kids.

  3. Yinzerella
    December 14, 2011

    Thank you very much!

  4. gojulesgo
    December 14, 2011

    I don’t know if I can trust a supermodel in the kitchen…but these recipes look great!

    • Sharon
      March 5, 2016

      Just because she’s a supermodel is doesn’t mean she can’t cook.
      I have made many of her recipes and they are fabulous.
      Both herself and her husband John Legend can cook

  5. lauragrai
    December 15, 2011

    I love sodelushious! Her recipe for baked ham cups has been on my list of things to try for awhile now, but now you’ve made me want to make this too.

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