Sunday, October 19, 2008

warning: the following is not for the faint hearted

Some of you might find the following pictures a little disturbing. I must warn you, in advance, of this. Viewer discretion is advised, especially if you are not a card carrying member of the eN-aRe-A. If you are ok with the whole gun thing, read on.

Right now, even as we speak, PB&J is out of the state on some big fancy guided deer and elk hunt.

He has spent the last couple of weeks obsessing -- I mean, preparing -- for the hunt. He's even let the kids in on the fun. A couple of weeks ago we took a little trip to hills, and the hillbilly in our heritage came out.

Hence the following pictures of the Clampetts:

Here's Jethro -- with Jed in the back, supervising.
No, he's not holding that gun wrong. Thanks to our good friend, we found out this winter that the kid is left eye dominate. Who knew eye dominance mattered in shooting? Only a shooting enthusiast, I guess. So, though it looks weird, and a little awkward, he's doing it right -- for him. Only right's wrong.

And here's little Jethro Jr.:
Though he's sitting, that's called a stance. I think. Or maybe it's just a position. But it would be more oxymoronic if it were a sitting stance.

And look, a picture of that cute little Ellie Mae.

And even one of Granny. My, she certainly is one to be reckoned with.

Kind of a grumpy old gal, isn't she?

We are wishing PB&J (or Jed) good hunting. Success -- so he has fun -- but not enough success that he wants to mount a head. Granny here doesn't want to fight over hanging a mount in the house. Jed may say yes, but Granny says no way in hades. I'm still trying to convert him to my version of the eN-aRe-A -- No Racks Allowed.

In preparation for the spoils of the hunt, I have been pulling out my meat marinade recipes to have on hand. As I understand it, you gotta do something to kill that gamey taste.

So for this belated Good Food Friday, enjoy this recipe for

Real Manly Steak Soaked in Fancy Ex-o-Tic Sauces with Some of That There Rabbit Food on the Side

3 large garlic cloves, crushed with garlic press
½ c reduced sodium soy sauce
1 Tblsp Asian sesame oil
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
3 Tblsp sugar
4 Tblsp season riced vinegar
2 Tblsp plus 1 Tsp minced, peeled fresh ginger
1 ½ lbs beef skirt steak
1 c long-grain white rice
½ small head Napa cabbage (about 8 oz) thinly sliced (4 c)
1 small cucumber, peeled and cut into matchstick-thin strips
1 medium carrot, peeled and cut into matchstick-thin strips
3 green onions, thinly sliced diagonally
1 Tblsp sesame seeds, toasted

In large ziploc bag, combine garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil, red pepper, 2 Tblsp sugar, 2 Tblsp seasoned rice vinegar, and 2 Tblsp ginger; add steak, turning to coat well with mixture. Seal bag, pressing out excess air. Place bag on plate; refrigerate steak 1-2 hours, turning bag occasionally.

About 30 minutes before end of marinating, cook rice as label directs but do not add salt or butter.

In large bowl, toss hot cooked rice with cabbage, cucumber, carrot, half of green onions, 2 Tblsp rice vinegar, 1 Tblsp sugar, and 1 tsp ginger; cover and keep warm.

Remove steak from marinade. Pour marinade into small saucepan; add 1/3 c water. Heat to boiling over medium heat and boil 2 minutes; set aside. Heat grill, pan or cast-iron 12" skillet over medium heat until hot. Add steak and cook 10-13 minutes for medium rare, turning steak once. Transfer steak to cutting board; let stand 10 minutes to allow juices to set for easier slicing.
To serve, place rice salad on large platter. Thinly slice steak; fan slices on top of rice salad and drizzle with cooked marinade. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and remaining green onions before serving. Makes 6 main-dish servings

(Also known as Korean Salad with Grilled Steak.)

Granny here likes this here vittles recipe and has been makin' it fur years. Way back when you was just a little whippersnapper not even old enough to wear long pants. I reckon you ought to give it a try. Now, do as I tell you, and git some of your deer/elk steak out of the deep freeze have a go at it.

Did I hear a "yes, ma'am"?

That's what I thought.


Head Nurse or Patient- you be the judge said...

Elk Steak- YES MA'AM- Deer steak- no thanks.

And I am so with you on the whole dead animal parts- OF ANY VARIETY- in the house.

If you will recall from the LODGE OF DEATH!!!!

bonnie jack said...

i'll do it. that sounds yummy. except i'm going to buy my meat. not kill it.

Kate said...

We H girls didn't marry no hunters.
You bes not hang any of them racks in your family room.
Hunting = Barbaric!

Allyson said...

The recipe sounds yummy but without a big strong hunter man to go out and bring me down an Elk I will have to resort to store bought meat - DARN!

Amber said...

I agree! No heads on the wall! Yikes! I admire wives that are so kind to put up with dead animals on the wall.

With such knack for creative flair, I'm sure you would find a way to make it look cool.