Oranges add a fresh touch to any vinaigrette. They go especially well with thinly sliced red onions to dress your favorite salad greens.
A couple of months back I received an email from a company in Australia that exports organic beef to Dubai. The nice woman on the other end expressed the hope that I would like their beef and tell my readers about it. Now, I have to say, organic isn’t that crucial to me, but after further research, I discovered that OBE Organic Australia’s beef is also grass fed and free range. I mean genuinely free range with more than a square kilometer a head. And that is something I could support. I was delighted to read that it is sold not at some specialty store but in one of my favorite places to shop, the hypermarket Carrefour. After further correspondence, I was offered a Carrefour gift card to make the purchase. Well, that was a kind offer but if I am going to give you, my readers, my honest impression of the beef, I decided that I needed to buy it myself. After all, we’ve got to eat dinner too, right? When I declined the gift card personally, I asked if I could have it to give away to my Dubai readers and my request was granted. So off I went to buy some beef!
The Carrefour nearest my house (Mirdiff City Centre) had a small selection. Just some topside steak and a few ribeyes, both quite thinly cut. I spoke to the butcher who was very helpful and he pulled a whole enormous piece of meat out of the refrigerator in the back and accommodatingly cut me two thicker steaks of the topside. Together the steaks weighed about 500g or a little over one pound in weight and cost Dhs. 36 or about US$10. That’s five dollars a steak. For those of you not in Dubai, that’s extremely reasonable for here, especially for organic free-range beef. So the price was good, but would it be tasty?
Now, almost any meat is good in a stew where you can cook it until it’s tender. For me the best test is to season it lightly and grill it, either over some hot coals or on a cast iron grill pan. So I sprinkled the steaks with a little white vinegar, which is my way with beef, and some sea salt flakes and black pepper. And I cooked them till medium rare and sliced them thinly. The verdict: Tasty and tender.
I now have in my hot little hands a Carrefour gift card worth Dhs. 100 that I would like to share with my Dubai readers, courtesy of OBE Organic Australia. Please leave me a comment on this post saying what area of Dubai you live in and what you would make with OBE beef if you won the gift card, and I will use a randomizer to choose a winner two weeks from now on Thursday, 17 October. Be sure to sign in using a valid email (will not be published) so I can contact you when you win.
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Just FYI, there is a bigger selection of OBE beef at the Carrefour at Mall of the Emirates and perhaps I just caught Mirdiff on an off day. But if you don’t see what you want, be sure to ask the helpful butchers. All of their beef is also halal.
For the rest of you worldwide, my apologies about the gift card but I do have a simple but delicious recipe to share and I hope you will forgive me.
Ingredients to serve two
2 topside steaks – approximately 500g or 17 oz
2 Mandarin oranges
1/2 small red onion
1/8 cup or 30ml red wine or balsamic vinegar
1/8 cup or 30ml olive oil
4 oz or 100g packet arugula or rocket (This doesn’t sound like much by weight but it’s a good size package of leaves!)
Season your meat by sprinkling it lightly with white vinegar, sea salt flakes and black pepper.
|The lid with holes|
Meanwhile slice your onion very thinly. Peel the oranges and cut the hard center off of each peg. Remove the seeds. Cut the orange pegs into two pieces.
Pile the onions and cut oranges into a small bowl and add about a 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt flakes and a few good grinds of fresh black pepper. Add the vinegar and olive oil. Mix and set aside. The juice of the oranges will make this into a beautifully fresh dressing.
Rinse your greens thoroughly and dry in a salad spinner. If you don’t own a salad spinner, put them in a clean dishtowel and pull all the ends together. Go outside and swing your arm around and around until the water stops flying out. Sure, the neighbors might look at you funny, but you are going to have steak for dinner. Forget them!
When you are about ready to eat, turn on your vent hood extraction fan, because cooking the steak can get smoky. Heat your griddle pan till very hot and cook the steaks on high for about three minutes and then turn them over.
Now turn them again for the last minute. If you are keeping track, this adds up to about four minutes a side and is going to give you medium rare to rare steak. Add a minute or two to each side total for medium. You really don’t want to cook this any more than that or it will probably get tough. Nothing to do with the OBE beef but everything to do with topside. This is not the most tender cut but that’s why I chose it. Better test!
Remove from the heat and allow to rest for about five minutes.
To serve, slice the beef very thinly and pile on top of your salad greens. Or arrange them very nicely. Your choice. Drizzle your vinaigrette all around on the greens and then add the oranges and onions. Put salt and pepper on the table in case anyone wants to add just a little more.
|Top photo is more casual and this one is arranged fancy. Either one is delicious!|
Okay, let’s get commenting! What area of Dubai do you live in and what do you want to make with OBE's lovely beef? If you don’t live in Dubai and just want to leave a comment, I am delighted to hear from you too. (You just can’t win the gift card. I'm sorry.)
Update: I discounted all the lovely folks who left comments who didn't live in Dubai and used a random number generator to choose a winner.
The winner is commenter number 4, Susan, of Jumeirah Park! Congratulations and thanks for playing along.