My friends call my house the "Batcave". It is their home away from home, where they can just help themselves and treat it like it is theirs. Hahaha! Actually, I just let them be.... When they ask for water, I tell them where the glasses are.... When they want something.... I tell them to get it themselves.
Sherman is leaving this Friday for Jakarta, we will not see him until August! Mona, Mayette, Jon, Tita Cena and I invited him for lunch at my house. It was our turn to treat him.... A Despedida of sorts. I asked him if he wanted Filipino or Steak and potatoes, he chose the latter.
I got T-bone from Gil, my suki in Farmer's. I told him to remove the bones because I will use it for my Beef Nilaga. Hehehehe, Lisa said, what kind of t-bone is it without the bone?!?!
We were chatting via FaceTime the whole time I was preparing for lunch. She saw me marinate the steak in Maggi Garlic Seasoning, pepper, Lea Perrins and...... Shhhhhhhh...... MSG!!! Lisa said, I should only use salt and pepper so we could taste the "beef". I told her, "Lisa, our meat comes from the Philippines unlike in NY, the beef there is very flavorful as it is."
And then..... I made gravy! Hahahaha I also told Lisa that we like to smother our steak in gravy!
We also like to pour it on the mashed potatoes.
Tita Cena made Ceasar's Salad from scratch.
I was quite apprehensive about the tenderness of the beef but thank God they said the meat was tender! I was very careful not to overcook. I pan-fried it in oil and BUTTER!
Everybody enjoyed our lunch. They were even suggesting that I should open my house for private lunches or dinners but I told them I only like to cook for my friends.
Sherman! We are going to miss you! Will wait for you in August!