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22 minutes ago, Mad Hatter said:

Big workout! BUT HOW WAS THE STEAK?

Haha, for some reason NF decided to publish my post when I was only halfway done with it.  The finished post is edited above on the previous page :) 

 

Edit: Oh great, now I get to the next page so I have to edit this one too...

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1 hour ago, WhiteGhost said:

And just like regular porn, it looks great but underneath that polished veneer you end up with a wholly unsatisfying counterfeit product that leaves you unfulfilled and feeling a little bit disgusted with yourself for consuming it.  

I'm sorry about your steak but LOL :D 

 

1 hour ago, WhiteGhost said:
  • As it was thawing out, all of the blood drained out so when it was time to cook it it was laying in a pool of blood that Jigsaw would think was a little over the top.  Made for some very dry steak
  • Too much seasoning.  Way. Too. Much.  I ended up having to wash the steaks to get rid of some most of the seasoning to make them even edible
  • Frying pan was the wrong temperature.  At first it was too hot so as soon as I put in the butter it burned.  Then I turned it down to a point that it didn't burn the butter and ended up with steaks that were slightly brown but not anything that could be described as "seared". 
  • Oven temperature was too low.  I set the temperature for 175, but I'm pretty sure that when I pulled them out to turn the steaks over all of the hot air escaped and they were in there at a lower temp for the second bit.
  • All of the above
  • Hmm I don't think thawing steak should be a big deal, though I honestly don't have much experience with it. I've cooked thawed duck many times and I cook that similarly to steak and it's been fine. 
  • Shit happens. :) The lesson here is that you can always add more seasoning afterwards, removing it is pretty hard. (Especially chilli. Not that I've ever done that mistake. Nope, never.) Personally, I typically prefer to keep my steak seasoning very light with a bit of salt and pepper and add flavourings through sauces instead.
  • Aahhh you see butter has a very low smoke point, I'd only use that for low-medium temp sauteeing. Ghee as Greg suggested (or many other types of oil) on the other hand has a very high smoke point so you can crank up the heat to get that nice sear. 
  • 175 F or C?? If Celcius that's a perfectly fine temperature. And either way opening the oven is usually not a big deal. It can cause some kinds of cakes to collapse when you're baking, but typically as long you don't keep opening the oven over and over again it's no big deal. I wouldn't even bother turning the steak in the oven though, it's just to finish the cooking and the heat from the oven is enough to do that.

But hey we all screw up cooking sometimes! It's part of the learning process. The worst that can happen is that the food is inedible and we have to eat sandwiches or take away for dinner. No big deal!

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I have never cooked steak in an oven. I just take the wrappers off and leave it for 15 minutes to come to room temperature. season on both sides with salt and pepper, get a frying pan with a little oil really hot, then drop in the steak, turn the hob down to medium and cook for 3-4 minutes without turning (3 minutes for medium rare, 4 minutes for a more medium steak but it really depends on the thickness of the steak), then turn and cook for the same amount on the other side. Wrap the steaks in foil and leave to rest on the side for 10 minutes, then serve. Always perfect. 

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Don't sweat it man.  It was still a great looking meal.  that plating looks great.  roasting/grilling meats is tough.  As for the blood, it is ok.  I normally wrap some bacon around the steak if I have it, or put butter on top of the steak as it cooked and it will seep in.  Making it good to.  As for seasoning, yeah sorry man.  Less is more.  you accent the steak, not cover it up.  I don't have a recipe, I just go by eye, but have been seasoning a lot of steaks for a long time.  Usually garlic powder, a pinch on each side, three grinds of black pepper, and two to three grinds of sea salt per side, done.

 

  But you plate looked like something I would pay money for in a restaurant.  great job.

  

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Also, sometimes it's the fault of the actual steak rather than in the cooking process. Some hunks of steak are vastly superior to others, it may not have been anything you did. 

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5 hours ago, WhiteGhost said:

 

And just like regular porn, it looks great but underneath that polished veneer you end up with a wholly unsatisfying counterfeit product that leaves you unfulfilled and feeling a little bit disgusted with yourself for consuming it.  

 

:DD I got some authentic laughs from this, though!!

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4 hours ago, Mad Hatter said:

Ghee as Greg suggested (or many other types of oil) on the other hand has a very high smoke point so you can crank up the heat to get that nice sear. 

Well this explains some things.

 

You did the thing! You cooked a steak!!! Well done. :)

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19 hours ago, Mad Hatter said:

But hey we all screw up cooking sometimes! It's part of the learning process. The worst that can happen is that the food is inedible and we have to eat sandwiches or take away for dinner. No big deal!

Oh, I know it is part of he process but for some eason I have a mental block with steak. Other foods I am happy to just give it a shot but steak is that big mental hurdle for me. I am hereby formally declaring a goal that within 2018 I will cook a delicious tender steak :)

 

19 hours ago, deftona said:

Always perfect.

Yeah, but you forget that I can't even get your chips recipe to work... :(

 

17 hours ago, GregT. said:

But you plate looked like something I would pay money for in a restaurant.

Haha, you would have been sorely disappointed :D  I will get some ghee and try this again

 

17 hours ago, deftona said:

Also, sometimes it's the fault of the actual steak rather than in the cooking process. Some hunks of steak are vastly superior to others, it may not have been anything you did. 

Oh, I don't doubt that I was working with less than grade A prime, but  did pit in a bit of effort and research to pick some cuts that are at least intended for steak. It was a shame to see such good meat come to such a greusome end.

 

15 hours ago, Ensi said:

 

:DD I got some authentic laughs from this, though!!

I'm glad that little gem was appreciated.   :)

 

15 hours ago, annyshay said:

You cooked a steak!!! Well done

Yeah it came out as tough as well done, but I was actually going for medium rare ;)

 

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3 hours ago, WhiteGhost said:

Yeah it came out as tough as well done, but I was actually going for medium rare ;)

 

Did it still look like medium rare on the inside? Because if so it was probably the cut. The only way I think it would be so tough if it was a genuinely good piece of steak to start with is if it was overcooked. Even the cuts intended for steak can be tough sometimes. Don't write yourself off yet! 

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On 1/12/2018 at 6:29 PM, WhiteGhost said:

Was a gorilla tonight and Ghostlet thought it looked like fun and wanted to join in.  It looks like I may have a partner for this :) 

Rocco also join me sometimes when he thinks I'm doing something fun.

9 hours ago, deftona said:

Even the cuts intended for steak can be tough sometimes.

Yip, agree with this.

 

Your steak adventure sounds like my bread baking attempts. :( It happens. :) I think the first couple times grilling Brandt steak also came out something like that. Just go with it, and try again. But that plate looked mighty scrumptious! I'm mighty impressed with all your effort.

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On 1/14/2018 at 6:34 AM, WhiteGhost said:

I am hereby formally declaring a goal that within 2018 I will cook a delicious tender steak

Sold. Where do I sign up for a yearly subscription to your challenge threads?

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On 1/14/2018 at 4:06 PM, deftona said:

 

Did it still look like medium rare on the inside? Because if so it was probably the cut. The only way I think it would be so tough if it was a genuinely good piece of steak to start with is if it was overcooked. Even the cuts intended for steak can be tough sometimes. Don't write yourself off yet! 

Well, that was part of the problem. I made a batch of about 6 steaks and the ones that went into he really hot pan were seared but were flavored with burnt butter - those ones came out rare. The ones that went onto the lower temp pan were probably already close to medium rare before they went in the oven. I'm pretty sure it wasn't the meat's fault.

 

Don't worry, I'm not writing myself off. The gauntlet has been hrown down and the challenge has been accepted. Man vs Steak round two coming to an overpriced subscription channel on cable near you:)

 

1 hour ago, DarK_RaideR said:

Sold. Where do I sign up for a yearly subscription to your challenge threads?

It comes pre-packaged together with 'Cooking with Lucha Deffy' & other quality programming. Check your local listings for pricing :)

 

21 hours ago, elizevdmerwe said:

Rocco also join me sometimes when he thinks I'm doing something fun.

Is he like Ghostlet in that he will join in but then if he decides it isn't as fun as it looked, nopes out to do something more fun?

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I have a mental block with steak too.  In fact the only meat I can consistently cook well is anything I throw in the slow cooker.  My husband acted a little too delighted with the meat I roasted the other day (ie was surprised that for once meat in the oven came out ok).

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On 1/8/2018 at 2:44 PM, WhiteGhost said:

 

Objective 2: Find "Muscles" and come up with plan to get information

  1. Have specific workout routine and using it - Find target and come up with plan
  2. Have specific routine but not using it or random workouts without specific plan - Find target but no plan
  3. No specific plan and no workouts - Cannot find target

Objective timeline: End of Sunday 

OK, I have a pretty good idea of what my workouts will be and have started them, which means that I was able to find my target and come up with a plan for getting info out of him

 

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     WhiteGhost took advantage of both the anonymity and the broad access afforded him by the service jacket and tray of expensive champagne and he wandered about the event keeping an eye out for his quarry. 

     “You’d think a guy of hi size would be easy to spot” he though, frustrated that he had not seen him yet.  He’s got to be here, I can’t imagine he would miss an event like this

     Still unable to find the guy he was searching for, WhiteGhost made his way towards the catwalk to see if he could find a spot where could watch the show.  It was then he spotted him.

     On the front row along one side of the low T-shaped stage he saw a huge man, wearing a bespoke white tuxedo with a mandarin collar over a burgundy vest, his black, shoulder-length hair combed back behind his ears. 

     “There you are” WhiteGhost whispered to himself.  now, let’s see what kind of information I can get out of you about those transactions

     The plan came to him immediately, but it would take some preparation.  Heading back into the service area, WhiteGhost ditched his service jacket, grabbed a tool belt and made his way to the booth.  In the confusion as the show began, he was able to pass himself off as a backup lighting technician and set himself up behind a backup spotlight on the left lighting truss.  From there he had a good view of both the stage and the large man filling a prime seat just to the side of it.

    “And now, the game is afoot” WhiteGhost thought to himself as a smile spread across his face

 

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I am back from my business trip so getting to my weekly update a little late.  Last week seems like a really long time ago already, so I had to look back over my posts to remember what I did.

 

Workouts (upper body, lower body, core, endurance) - the week got off to a slow start but I was able to finish it off with a bang, getting in a couple of workouts worth on Saturday.  I didn't get in any kind of endurance and the only core work I did was what I was doing as filler from my previous workouts.  Points for the strength work, but none for the core or endurance.  I will need to make this a focus point for this week.

 

Mobility - I did some animal flow work a couple of times last week, but nothing for stretching.  Need to make sure this happens this week

 

Cooking - I made some steak, which counts as a new recipe so full points for that.  It would have been better if it was delicious, but that isn't even a grading component for me at this point.  For the sake of this challenge, I just need to make some homemade food.  Flavor will come with experience

 

Attitude - I think I did ok in the beginning of the week but then I kind of forgot about it.  Need to get back into it this week.

 

Objective 3: Get transaction info

  1. Successful interrogation - At least one of each category (upper, lower, core, endurance, mobility, cooking and attitude)
  2. Source was questioned but information was not obtained -  No run or core work
  3. Didn't even make contact - Less than 2 days of mobility work

Objective timeline: end of day Sunday

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23 hours ago, LouCarJo said:

I have a mental block with steak too.  In fact the only meat I can consistently cook well is anything I throw in the slow cooker.  My husband acted a little too delighted with the meat I roasted the other day (ie was surprised that for once meat in the oven came out ok).

I have not yet tried my slow cooker.  I think I really should do something with that before the end of this challenge

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solid new workout plan and nice job trying out the steak! you didn't spend all your time collecting underpants and now you have a a good reference point for the next try :) 

 

26 minutes ago, WhiteGhost said:

I have not yet tried my slow cooker.  I think I really should do something with that before the end of this challenge

insanely easy and 99% of the time is delicious. i've made one recipe among hundreds that i had to toss :D 

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On 1/15/2018 at 4:52 PM, WhiteGhost said:

Is he like Ghostlet in that he will join in but then if he decides it isn't as fun as it looked, nopes out to do something more fun?

Absolutely! Something more fun of HIS choosing. He did the bear walks with me, but noped for pushups. Yet, when it comes to math and he or Adam has a sum wrong, they both are eager (to some extend) to do either a push up (knees) or burpee for each sum they have wrong. They don't often have sums wrong nowadays :D Rocco also compliments me if he is up and watching me train early morning. "That was a nice push up/pull up/jump -insert exercise here- Nice going!" or something in that line. Their too wise for their size, but I love that supportive side of him.

 

I like the story/workout part.

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13 hours ago, WhiteGhost said:

I think I really should do something with that before the end of this challenge

 

I do too.\

 

1kg chicken thighs, skin bones and all.  half a cup or more if you want of the following, Celery, onions and mushrooms.  Salt and pepper, two cloves of garlic sliced, diced or pressed your call.  1.5 cups water and two bay leaves.  If you want to throw ginger in too go for it.

 

  But all ingredients in slow cooker.  Set to high temp, and let come to a boil in slow cooker  or if you can't be there to turn it back to lowest setting, start at low setting and let cook for 10 hours.  If you boil first, 7 hours is good.  Once it reaches the doneness, i.e. chicken is falling off the bone, serve and enjoy. :)  You can spice more when it is finished as well. 

 

I do this frequently just to have something on hand that is tasty simple and convenient.

 

 

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I guess I should update for this week as well...

 

So I was in Macau for a business trip Sunday-Tuesday, but not a whole lot happened other than work stuff.  I wanted to try the bungee jump (world's highest!) but it turns out I didn't have time because they only open time I had was Monday morning and they don't open until 10am :( Instead, I went to the hotel gym to get a workout in, but was quite disappointed with the facilities.  It was a tiny gym and had a row of dreadmills and a few other machines, a rack of dumbbells and few benches.  They did a have a rowing machine so I gave that a try.  It was a good way to work the whole body, but I couldn't figure out how to adjust it to make it harder so it was pretty much just a light cardio exercise.  I tried doing some other exercises with what they had, but soon a girl came in and I didn't want to be that guy doing weird stuff in the gym.  After about 20 minutes or so I gave up and just went outside for a run.  I have no idea how far I went, but according to my watch I had gone about 7.5K (including whatever walking I did in the gym/prior to running).  I'm guessing the run was about 5-6K.  It was nice to get out and run again, but boy was I feeling it later.  I think it was my first run since the fall, or maybe earlier, so the DOMS have been very real.

 

When I got back yesterday I had some time in the evening so I made myself some fish tacos, which someone had recommended earlier.  They were FABULOUS!  I eat them as I make them so I didn't have a pretty row of them to take a picture, so this is all I have:

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They were really good and I will for sure be making these again.  

 

I was feeling really bleh this morning so I skipped my workout and went back to bed.  I will make sure I get some mobility work in tonight though.

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17 hours ago, CourtnieMarie said:

solid new workout plan and nice job trying out the steak! you didn't spend all your time collecting underpants and now you have a a good reference point for the next try :) 

 

insanely easy and 99% of the time is delicious. i've made one recipe among hundreds that i had to toss :D 

Yeah, I don't get any challenge point for collecting underpants only for...  Um, thinking about that - does this analogy mean that I only get points for wearing the gathered underpants, reselling them?  What is the equivalent of actually using new info in that analogy? :D 

 

4 hours ago, GregT. said:

 

I do too.\

 

1kg chicken thighs, skin bones and all.  half a cup or more if you want of the following, Celery, onions and mushrooms.  Salt and pepper, two cloves of garlic sliced, diced or pressed your call.  1.5 cups water and two bay leaves.  If you want to throw ginger in too go for it.

 

  But all ingredients in slow cooker.  Set to high temp, and let come to a boil in slow cooker  or if you can't be there to turn it back to lowest setting, start at low setting and let cook for 10 hours.  If you boil first, 7 hours is good.  Once it reaches the doneness, i.e. chicken is falling off the bone, serve and enjoy. :)  You can spice more when it is finished as well. 

 

I do this frequently just to have something on hand that is tasty simple and convenient.

This is really helpful.  I have gone online and looked for recipes and they are all weirdly complicated, and slow cooker recipes ought to be the opposite of that.  Anytime I look at a recipe and it start off with "change the setting to saute" my eyes start to glaze over.  I just want to throw everything in and 12 hours later have something to eat.

 

15 hours ago, elizevdmerwe said:

Absolutely! Something more fun of HIS choosing. He did the bear walks with me, but noped for pushups. Yet, when it comes to math and he or Adam has a sum wrong, they both are eager (to some extend) to do either a push up (knees) or burpee for each sum they have wrong. They don't often have sums wrong nowadays :D Rocco also compliments me if he is up and watching me train early morning. "That was a nice push up/pull up/jump -insert exercise here- Nice going!" or something in that line. Their too wise for their size, but I love that supportive side of him.

 

I like the story/workout part.

I haven't tried the pushups thing for missed math problems but I like the idea.  Right now the policy is for every problem he misses he has to do 5 additional problems, which is working so far.  I have tried using pushups as a punishment before, but the problem is he likes them so it doesn't work very well as a deterrent :D 

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Hey Ghost, don't sweat it.  Just cook.  You have an idea of what goes well and what doesn't.  If you get it wrong then you know.  It is about experimentation man.  You have been eating food a large portion of your life, think of something you like and see if you can duplicate it without a recipe.  As for slow cookers, yeah just throw it in.  If you are going to put cabbage or other veggies I , you want to do that late int the game as they will go the same way as the meat and become very soft.   Leafy stuff will overfill the pot and reduce to nothing.  best part of Slow Cooker, is don't get rid of the broth.  It is FULL of nutrients and they say bone broth is good for you.

 

The biggest thing with cooking is, go for it.  It doesn't have to be perfect, but you will suprise yourself how often it comes put great.  How do you think they come up with Asian Mexican fusion anyway?

 

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9 hours ago, WhiteGhost said:

Yeah, I don't get any challenge point for collecting underpants only for...  Um, thinking about that - does this analogy mean that I only get points for wearing the gathered underpants, reselling them?  What is the equivalent of actually using new info in that analogy? :D 

Step 4: PROFIT!!!

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