I hope I got your attention
Or I hope this gorgeous Mongolian Beef with Broccoli got your attention.
Beef always gets my attention… especially Canadian Beef.
My regular readers know I am a proud Canuck through and through….
except for those moments when I’m complaining about the weather.
One thing I never complain about… Canadian Beef.
I happen to live in a place where the quality of beef is sublime.
Beef is my favourite when it comes to meat. We eat it a couple of times a week. Take any family member out to eat and they will order something with beef over any other meat choice. We love the taste and the possibilities for recipes is endless.
Like this amazing Mongolian Beef with Broccoli. I mean just look at it. It’s got everything you need on one plate.
When I saw Canadian Beef was having a contest where bloggers could win a trip to Eat, Write, Retreat I just knew I had to throw my beefy hat into the ring. I saw the post late so I ran to store and picked up a full beef tenderloin. I love buying them like that then cutting them up on my own. It saves me money and I can customize the thickness of our steaks, size my roast perfectly, grind up the chain for ground beef, and then I use the little pieces for things like stir fry. I cannot even begin to tell you how good tenderloin is in a stir fry. Now if you’re working on a strict budget feel free to swap out to a more cost effective cut. For me I buy mine at Costco and by buying in bulk, and cutting it up myself I get some serious beefy bang for my buck.
One of the cool things about the contest is they encourage participants to peek at their youtube channel. I’ve been considering starting to do my own videos so I’m wicked interested in watching cooking videos these days. I watched a really amazing video on their Quick Canadian Beef Cooking Tips and was happy with the videos I perused. I found a video similar to my recipe on their Easy Cooking with Canadian Beef channel called Stir Fry. I cannot get enough of Canadian Beef or Stir Fry so this was just the inspiration I needed to head into the kitchen and whip up something fun.
Canadian Beef asked us to write about personal stories involving beef. Here’s a quote from Canadian Beef on their site, “treasured beef memory, share a go-to beef recipe, or even recount a kitchen disaster involving Canadian Beef.” Little did they know I would be able to combine all of those elements into one post. The kicker is it wasn’t even on purpose.
I was having a busy day, and while I was cooking my animals were driving me batty, the one cat constantly wants fresh water every 30 seconds, the puppy wants to go out every 60 seconds, and the other cat tries to sneak out the door every time I put puppy out, while kitty number 3 tries to trip me on the stairs after I put puppy out. So my nerves were working overtime today. I kept mulling over what story I wanted to tell. Should I tell you about the time I was grilling for a party of 40 and almost lost a toe in a freak window accident. Nah, too gory. Should I tell you about the time I almost blew myself and our grill up by forgetting to turn it off before spraying non stick spray on it. Nah, too scary. Should I tell you about the time I…
Oh wait why don’t I tell you about what just happened in my kitchen while contemplating kitchen disasters of yore. I had a kitchen disaster in present time. I was mulling, pouring water, opening doors, rescuing escape con-kitties, when the phone rang. It was hubs, asking if I’m busy. No, hubs, not at all, what can I do for you…. hang up and the phone rings again. This time it’s B-Dude. Hey B-Dude, nah, not busy at all, wait what was I doing…ah okay, I’m all good, what can I do for you. I hang up, pour more water, open the door, coral the kitty while leap frogging the other one. Then mini-me texts, I reply, she tests back, I reply, she texts back, and this goes on and on. Meanwhile I realize my beef is almost done. So I turn around to grab the broccoli I had stir fried moments before. It’s nowhere to be found. Kid you not. Cannot find it any where. I scour the kitchen, the path to the door, the shelf in the fridge near the water. Nope. No broccoli. I’m standing there scratching my head, that’s what us Canucks do in a moment of sheer confusion. Then I think “no way, I could not have” when I see the container of broccoli stems on the counter. Well, heck yes I can. Apparently during the phone calls, texts, water pouring, door opening and leap frogging I got confused and dumped out the already cooked perfectly cooked broccoli instead of the bad bits …in the garbage. I’m not going to lie, I thought about pulling it out and using it any way. I checked the fridge for more broccoli, but no luck. This meant I had to go out in the cold, rainy Canuck weather to get more broccoli. So I bundled up, poured more water, opened the door, leap frogged a cat and ran to the store. So moral of the story:
- always keep extra broccoli on hand
- use a trough that refills itself for your crazy cats
- get a puppy door
- practice makes perfect when it comes to leap-frog
- and always have lots of Canadian Beef on hand!
Now get in the kitchen and get your Canadian Beef on people! Thanks to Canadian Beef for an awesome opportunity. As you can see I definitely need help with run on sentences.
Toodles and smoochies! xx