I have been a lazy cook lately. And, due to preparations for an impending overseas trip, ‘simple simon’ has remained my credo this month. I was starting to feel a bit bad about the regular trips to the nearby taqueria and repeated pasta dinners, so I flipped through my recent Everyday Food and found a recipe similar to the variation below.

As you can see, I didn’t go over-the-top with presentation. But, tonight we ate a homemade, protein filled meal with simple but delicious flavors. And, some fresh, healthy,green beans to boot!

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for a culinary tour of my favorite treats from the Netherlands… mmm… I am dreaming of the pannenkoek, poffertjes, stroop wafels, patat met and kroketten. If this is all gibberish to you, just wait for the upcoming photos and you’ll see what you are missing!

Steak with Ginger Peanut Sauce
This recipe in Everyday Food called for flank steak broiled. I used sirloin which I marinated in strips and then sauted in a hot skillet which was also good.

1 inch cube of ginger, peeled and diced
2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1 Tablespoon light-brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 1/2 lb. flank steak


Put all ingredients through red pepper flakes in a blender and blend until smooth. Please in a plastic bag with the steak to marinate for an hour or overnight. Heat broiler with rack set 4 inches from heat. Lift steak from marinade, place on pan and broil until medium rare (8-10 minutes). Transfer to a cutting board and let rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing.
If you like, cook down the marinade in a sauce pan to make additional sauce.