How's your Mother's day today? Mine was wonderfully full of children and good music throughout the afternoon. My son had his first recital since we switched him to a new teacher last summer. His teacher has a studio which holds recital in springtime. The recital was held at Sherman Clay Piano store in downtown Portland, a beautiful store that has old and new pianos, grand and no grand alike. This year's recital has a theme of Chopin and Schumann's 200th birthday, so students have to pick their music from the Romantic Period.
My son was quite nervous the day before and the morning before the recital; he wished that he could just not go to the event. The feeling in the room was actually very relaxed and familiar; his teacher didn't want the students to feel pressured to not making mistakes. Of course, some children were naturally flawless performers :) Nevertheless, I really had the best Mother's day's gift today since I got to see my son braved himself to play in front of a crowd.
The weather seems to be getting better each week, sunny days are ahead and even with some rains, I couldn't be more happier to finally see some changes in the weather. But, there's a catch with that, my allergy also seems to worsen. I went out jogging again last Thursday and immediately my throat hurt and I can't stop sneezing. I have to wait until my nasal spray is refilled by Tuesday.
This recipe that I'm sharing today is a grilled London broil with rum molasses sauce. Grilling time can be resumed in my household because nobody likes to grill under the rain and in the cold weather. London broil is a perfect meat for grilling but the meat can be tough unless it's marinated for several hours. When it's ready to be eaten, it's best to slice it thinly and across the grain. Rum, allspice, and molasses make a good marinade for the meat; the flavors penetrate it fully and gives out mouth watering aroma when the meat is being grilled. By using lime juice, the meat is guaranteed to be tender and it lends some acidic taste to balance out the sweetness of molasses.
The accompaniments for the grilled meat were Green Beans with Balsamic Butter and Scalloped Potatoes with Crème Fraîche and Gruyère. Meat and potatoes, my favorite duo :)
Grilled London Broil with Rum Molasses Sauce
6 tablespoons fresh lime juice (from about 3 limes)
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup dark rum
2 tablespoons molasses (not robust)
1 tablespoon habanero pepper sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
2 1/2 pounds top round London broil (1 1/4 inches thick)
Whisk together lime juice, oil, rum, molasses, habanero sauce, salt, pepper, and allspice in a bowl until well combined. Put steak in a large sealable plastic bag, pour in marinade, and seal bag, pressing out excess air. Put steak in a shallow pan (in case of leaks) and marinate in refrigerator, turning several times for 12 hours.
Prepare the gas grill for direct-heat cooking over high heat.
Meanwhile, lift steak from marinade, letting excess drip back into bag, and transfer to a tray. Pour marinade into a small saucepan, bring to a boil over moderately high heat, and boil, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes. Reserve 1/4 cup marinade for basting and set remaining marinade aside for serving with steak.
Oil grill rack. Pat steak dry and sear, covered, turning once, until grill marks appears on both sides, about 2 minutes total. Reduce heat to medium and grill steak, covered, turning occasionally, for 8 minutes more. Baste steak on both sides with reserved 1/4 cup marinade and grill until thermometer inserted horizontally 2 incehs into meat registers 120 degrees F, about 5 minutes more.
Transfer steak to a cutting board and let stand, loosely covered with foil, for 5 mintues. Holding knife at a 45-degree angle, thinly slice steak. Serve with reserved sauce.
Source: Gourmet Today