I finally felt recovered enough from cooking for my mommy when she was in PGH to try something new this weekend. Since it is American Barbecue Day, I thought I had better try something new that was also meat-based. Thus, skirt steak with chili lime sauce and shallot:
The sauce is lime juice (from an jamaican ugli lime, which are so sweet and amazing I ate like half of the lime raw), sugar, fish sauce, serrano pepper, and shallot. The pepper gives it a nice heat. The recipe called for 3 tblspns of water, presumably to soften the taste of the fish sauce, but I wasn't having any of that. Give me the fish sauce taste!!!!
I completely fucked up the steak. I couldn't find my broiler pan, so I tried broiling it on a cookie sheet. When the heat cased the cookie sheet to snap out of shape, the noise freaked me out too much to keep using the broiler, so I just baked it at 500 degrees until it was cooked through. The texture was not enjoyable. I think I might stay away from broiled meats for awhile.