Sometimes I just feel like enjoying a juicy, perfectly cooked piece of red meat. We grew up with tender beef steaks and Schnitzel, so once in a while I get that craving. It takes over my senses and even my mind. At some point I end up thinking only about beef steaks. Weeks after my last steak I catch myself day dreaming about a moist flavorful piece on my tongue. In time, this behavior gets even worse, where one can see me looking into the far while drooling uncontrollably.
Maybe I am just obsessed or perhaps it’s just my inner need, my genes that are calling out for something more in my food live. In that case a land such as India won’t be able to “meet my meat” food needs. Especially nowadays the meat situation has gone from bad to worse in India. The state of Maharastra banned the sale of beef meat in the whole state and imposed a 5 years jail term if caught with beef (Oh irony!). In Goa the beef supply is nearly dry for over 3 months now, turning the meat in the sunshine tourist state into a precious commodity.
You might argue that India treats it’s cows as goddesses, however besides Hindu communities you will have Muslim and Christian communities including beef meat to their diet, so when the beef supply diminished in the markets, the uproar was great.
At home we somehow survived without beef for a while but to be honest our menu was boring. Veal is anyhow banned in India, pork can be bought in Goa but it’s not conveniently available and wild game is banned as well. We ended up eating chicken again and again, I am completely saturated by this meat and can’t see a chicken anymore. I wish turkey meat was more commonly available in Goa, this would at least be a welcome food change.
But much has changed for me right now, since I ended up in Europe again and of course Europe is the meat heaven in this world. Cold meat cuts, sausages, veal, turkey meat, pate and plentiful future lunch and dinner dishes with a load full of meats – I am going to catch up and gain some weight with quality meat products from Austria. Amen!
To start my meat trail I am sharing and serving up this pan-roasted veal steak with herb butter recipe. I have included the making of homemade herb butter so you should be covered with the authentic recipe. The best thing you can do is to serve these steak babies when your friends are coming over, or surprise your family members with some really good food!
Would you be shocked and shaken by a meat ban in your locality?
- 600 grams Beef fillet into 6 beef steaks a 100 grams
- pinch Salt
- pinch Pepper
- 10 grams fresh Parsley
- 2 grams fresh Oregano
- 6 grams fresh Chives
- 15 grams fresh Garlic or 4-5 big Garlic cloves
- 50 grams Butter
- 2-3 bigger Onions or 230 grams Onions
- 2 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- Place your steaks on a clean surface and smash them a bit with the meat smasher so that they flatten a bit and turn softer. Season with salt and pepper on all and both steak sides.
- Chop the fresh herbs, place into a bowl and mix the garlic butter into the herbs.
- Cut your Onions into rings. Place the Oil into a frying pan, heat up and fry the Onions soft.
- Then place each steak into the pan and fry on each side for 3 minutes medium pink. Serve the steak with a dollop of herb butter on it.
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