Sunday, November 8, 2009

Pork Tenderloin Satay and Geja's Cafe

This week, Chris and I tried a recipe out of How to Cook Everything for Pork Satay. We had some pork tenderloins in the freezer from Costco that were looking to be eaten, and previously we had tried a more simple preparation. So this time, we looked for something a little more unique!

Pork Satay

Pork Tenderloin
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup water
1 tsp chili powder
1 tbsp peanut butter
1 tsp minced ginger
1 tbsp garlic
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients (other than pork) in a bowl. Place pork tenderloin in a 9x13 pan. Pour ingredients over pork tenderloin. Put in oven until the pork reaches an internal temperature reaches 145 degrees, approximately 40 minutes. When removed from oven, cover immediately with foil and let sit for 5-10 minutes. Enjoy!

We had this with some steamed broccoli, which went very well with the flavors. It's sort of a spicy salty peanuty sauce, and it turned out quite well. We would definitely make this again!


On Friday, Chris and I went to Geja's Cafe for dinner. It's a fondue place that we had been hearing about from multiple people. And conveniently, it's about a block away! You may notice from the site though that it's pretty pricey, so we weren't really jumping on the opportunity to go. Luckily, recently there was a coupon special through 3 o'clock Club where you could get a $100 gift certificate for $30. Perfect! So we picked up one of those and headed to Geja's. The ambiance was definitely intended to be very romantic. Guitar player, dim lights, etc. It was very fun to get dressed up and go here. The cheese fondue was good, but incredibly intense. You almost needed to eat it with the fruit rather than the bread, because it needed some sweet to cut through the strong flavor. Of course Chris did not partake of the fondue :) Then for dinner, I had scallops, shrimp, and lobster, and Chris had beef, shrimp, and lobster. The oil was so incredibly hot that it gave an amazing crispy coat to the meat, it was wonderful. I had never had scallops in fondue before either, and they were big delicious scallops that cooked beautifully in the hot oil. Finally, we finished with a flaming chocolate fondue. The flaming part came from the orange liqueur floater, which allowed just enough time to roast some marshmallows. Overall, the whole meal was absolutely delicious. Oh, and the best part, we had a phenomenal waitress, very attentive and smart, and at the end of the meal she said she doesn't usually comment on her guests but had to tell me that I looked like Grace Kelly. Of course, being so young, I had to look up who Grace Kelly was. She was a 1950's actress who married the Prince of Monaco at the age of 26. That's right, I look like a princess. So overall it was a pretty good night!

Now I'm off to go walk around outside. It's 70 degrees and sunny out! That's right, 70 degrees, in November! Got to take advantage of it while it lasts!


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