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TastyBag Trial – Steak with Warm Tomato Salad

I recently heard about TastyBag through a friend and found their business idea very intriguing, so I signed on for a week’s trial of their products.  

The way TastyBag works is that every Monday, they will deliver a goody bag with 3 recipes and all the groceries needed to cook these recipes with.  The only things you need to have at home are some simple seasonings (salt, pepper, vinegar etc) and a few pots and pans.  You can choose portion sizes depending on the number of people in your household (TastyBag provides packages for 2 to 4 member households).  

When I was working, I would rush during lunch time or after work to shop for groceries, then lug it all home and do a mad dash to the kitchen.  TastyBag essentially saves you the time / energy / planning and delivers all the groceries to your door.  I was quite impressed with their products, and a quick calculation rendered that the actual cost of the groceries is quite close to the HK$700 fee charged.  

I love beef, so the first menu item I tackled was their steak / tomato salad combo.  The beef was standard Australian sirloin, and I did overcook it a bit, but all-in-all, everyone was quite happy with my attempt.  The entire meal took me around 20 minutes to prepare. 

I first started by roasting some pine nuts on my pretty new teal Le Creuset pan.  Don’t leave the stove as these nuts burn easily! 

Quarter / halve the 2 kinds of tomatoes provided.

Fry the tomatoes for around 3-4 minutes in a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Plate the warm tomatoes and garnish with parsley and pine nuts.
Next I dressed the salad (also provided in the goody bag) with a little olive oil, lemon juice and salt / pepper.
Lastly, I grilled the steak, heating the griddle on high heat before searing the steaks on it.  The steaks are quite thin, so 2 minutes on one side, and 1 minute on the other side should get you to medium.  
Bon Appetit!

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