Sunday, 29 November 2015

Remembering My Tia

This dish is a tribute to my Tia Elvira. Back-in-the-day, I was blessed to meet her even though we did not share the same language. My cousin had to translate our conversations. What my Tia and I did share was a love for good food. She was an amazing cook and I wish I inherited a fraction of her talent, but I did not. It doesn't stop me from trying to recreate one of my favourite dishes that she used to make, Portuguese Steak Sandwiches.  

I started with thinly sliced sweet onions, thinly sliced shallots, minced garlic and bay leaves.  

Add some red wine, olive oil, parsley, oregano, red pepper flakes, Portuguese pepper paste, and freshly cracked pepper.  

Toss in thinly sliced beef and mix well, leaving it to marinate.  

Add some lard to a roasting pan, add the marinated meat and roast until tender and desired doneness. Note:  adjust seasoning half way through, if desired, I added more salt, Creole Seasoning and lemon juice.  

These Portuguese crusty buns are not gluten-free so I won't be enjoying these ones. They are the type of buns that my Tia used to serve this dish. These ones will be for others. Hmmm, I wonder if there is a gluten-free version of Portuguese crusty buns?  

Happy Eats!