Last night Bobby and I celebrated the end of this week + the summer solstice with a delicious home-cooked surf & turf dinner. And I even made it to yoga beforehand (Friday Night Flow @ Pure Yoga).
I posted this on Instagram (@magpie707) last night. It’s a small piece of filet migon (right), scallops & shrimp, and a side of kale + shiitake mushrooms. The recipes were all super simple. They aren’t even recipes, really.
- olive oil
- steak (this one was small – 3.5 ounces. it’s about 2cm thick.)
- butter (optional)
Heat a nonstick pan until it’s screaming hot. Drizzle your steak with olive oil on both sides, and also put a little in the pan. Cook the steak ~3-4 minutes on each side (3 on each side is medium; 4 on each side is done – I did about 3.5 on each side). Done! Serve with a pat of butter on top (optional).
Shrimp & Scallops:
- big scallops (I did 5)
- big, cleaned shrimp (6)
- olive oil
- salt and pepper
Heat a nonstick pan until it’s screaming hot. Season the shrimp and scallops with salt and pepper and put some olive oil in the pan. Cook the shrimp & scallops about 2.5 minutes on each side. Done!
Kale & Shiitake Mushrooms Asian Style:
- olive oil and a little bit of sesame oil
- garlic powder
- sesame seeds
- 1 head of red kale
- 1 box of shiitake mushrooms
- balsamic vinegar (I used a cherry infused one)
Wash and dry the kale. Chop the mushrooms and kale. Heat a wok to high heat and add the olive oil (1-2 tablespoons) and sesame oil (2-3 teaspoons). Add the mushrooms and kale. Add garlic powder, salt and sesame seeds. Cook on high heat for 3-4 minutes, then turn it to medium and cook for another 4-5 minutes, or until the kale is tender (stirring occasionally). Add a few splashes of balsamic vinegar. Stir it around and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Add more salt, if it needs it.
All told, this meal cost about $31 from the grocery store. (Filet mignon = $7, scallops = $14, shrimp = $3.50, organic kale = $2.50, organic mushrooms = $4.) A little pricey for 2 people, but much cheaper than it would be at a restaurant! I’m not including the cost of the pantry items I already had (olive oil, salt, etc…).
Bobby had the steak (I had a bite) and we split the rest, but I got an extra scallop. He was a very happy husband 🙂
6 Replies to “Summer Solstice Surf & Turf”
Looks like a fabulous dinner. Surf and turf in any combination is usually a winner in our house! 🙂
Okay I had to look up what Surf & Turf is because I had no idea 😛 It sounds nice though! And I love how much effort you put into this dinner! 🙂
Shrimp and beef used to be rare treats I ate only on occasion. Mostly shrimp then because I’ve never been much of a red meat eater. A couple of weeks ago I switched to a merely plant-based diet, so I don’t see myself cooking either of them soon now, however.
Maggie, I justify it the same way as you when I make an extravagant $$ meal – I think, there is no way we could get that at a restaurant for that price, so I don’t feel guilty at all.
We love surf and turf – my favorite is steak and shrimp, but I think I’ve overshrimped my husband – whenever I mention shrimp he kind of gags now! – Ha!
Looks good! The most expensive will always be seafood. I was ill and was actually craving chicken. Could chicken ‘surf’? 🙂
They are to recipes! lol. There are a few subtle tips in there for people like me- new to the kitchen! Thanks.
Those recipes look delicious. I cannot wait to try them out. Thanks for the post!!
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