Pan Seared Strip Steak with Love.

How was your Valentine’s Day? Do you usually celebrate it? I am lukewarm about the celebration bit on that particular day, so I don’t fuss about it. I wish my loves a Happy Valentines and maybe a couple of gestures to show that ‘I still love you – today and always’. But as for flowers, gifts, and everything that’s socially expected on the day, well, not so much. I just go with the flow – just like I would on any other normal day. If I receive something, I receive it gladly, like I did that yummy piece of Chocolate Fudge cake yesterday. And if I don’t, that’s okay too.

But like I say, I love love regardless. And especially the idea behind love according to 1st Corinthians 13 – I honestly don’t think there’s any complexity to it. It’s either you love or you don’t, there’s no middle – the ‘I think I do’ or ‘I’m not too sure’. But most of all,

I love expressing that love to those people who matter to me. It doesn’t have to be in a big way – just checking up, trying to show up and be there, being present when I’m with them, catching up, having a laugh, watching Tv Shows together, making them a meal and eating together, sharing a word of encouragement, forgiving them, trying to understand them and allowing them to be, being patient with them and being kind to them.

I spent mine watching movies and nibbling on chocolates alongside a glass or two of sweet red wine. I watched ‘Fathers and Daughters’ and ‘Irrational Man’. It felt nice just snuggling with a warm blankie on the couch with no plans, but just relaxing and eventually dosing off mid second movie. The hubby was working for the better part of the weekend, but luckily my baby sister had also come over to spend the weekend with us. She flattered us saying that we matter so much to her that we were her chosen valentines – Aw! Though I know for a fact some delish food was on her mind too.

Family, Sister, Love

Don’t mind my hair there. It’s still growing, and I’m still chasing my bun goals. If it means loosely hanging twists, so be it.

I digress.

So to make the weekend a little more exciting, I made sure that I prepped some delish meals for them – this I know is a sure way of making both of them happy. I had visited City Market on Friday and grabbed some meat from my favorite stall (who’s number I don’t remember), they sell us such fresh pieces at affordable prices – and although I just had a rough idea of what I’ll do with the meat, things fell into place when I got the inspiration to cook and spoil them a bit.

Steak, Pan Fry, Pan Seared Strip Steak

I am also trying to perfect my pan frying skills, I have a feeling it has so much potential if used well. So this was a tiny success for me, because they tasted finger-licking good. The kitchen is all about trying out what works for you, so you can change up or add your spices, change the oils, the meats – the recipe is never cast in stone. But below is how I did it.


  • 1kg lean strip steaks
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon meat tenderizer
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil


  • I let steak strips stand out for about 30 minutes at room temperature – this is so that it could thaw properly since it was frozen before and then come to room temperature so that it can cook evenly.
  • I then layout the steak strips on a cutting board and beat them with a kitchen mallet. Then rubbed meat tenderizer on it and let it stand for another 10 or so minutes. Ps. If I ever doubted what the meat tenderizer can do, I take it back. Because the meat was oh-so-tender. I just wonder why it took this long for me to start using it.

Meat Tenderizer, Pan Seared Steak

  • I then sprinkled salt and black pepper evenly over them and coated it with some olive oil to give it some flavor. The olive oil helps to keep them moist.
  • At this point the pan is heating up and I add some little vegetable oil and swirled it to coat the pan – this helps to prevent the meat from sticking to the pan.
  • I then added each strip of steak to the pan and because it has its own water – I let it cook in it and for it to evaporate. This was for about 5-10minutes. I’m one of the people who likes their meat well-cooked.
  • Once that’s done, and the meat starts browning, I switch sides for and let the other side brown for about 3 minutes. Turn off the stove cover it and let it stand for a few minutes.

We accompanied the steak with potato chips that have been mixed up with fried onions and tomatoes, and some green vegetables on the side. Also some home made juice to take it down. The juice was a combination of Mangoes, Watermelon and Pineapples.

Juice, Fruit Juice

Juice, Fruit Juice

This made for a delicious dinner for my loves. What’s your take on Valentines Day? And what did you do for yours?

Your task is not to seek love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.

Jalaluddin Rumi

Now won’t you have a lovely week, and open up to love, as I send lots of it your way. You’re loved, more than you would know.

Signing Off ~~~ *Kawi*