The Barefoot Contessa Wannabe

All thanks to my recent awesome discovery that our cable subscription actually carries Food Network channel, my crazy dream to become a Giada De Laurentiis or Ina Garten when I grow up intensified even more. I swear I can watch this channel all day! In an episode last weekend, Ina prepared Filet Mignon with Roquefort cheese chive sauce. It looked incredibly yummy and easy to make, so I was like "Why not try it out myself?" So in high hopes of unleashing the Barefoot Contessa in me, I headed to the supermarket for the ingredients all set to prepare a nice dinner at home for my loved one.

Of course real life is so not like what we see on tv. It's never easy. First bump in the road, I couldn't find a skillet anywhere. Second bump, there's no filet mignon available either. So I settled for beef tenderloin, decided to use my small non-stick pan and a separate baking tin I already have at home, and just hoped for the best.

Fortunately, after almost two hours of prepping and cooking, my first ever steak came out real good. Of course I had to improvise with a lot of things instead of following the recipe as is. I decided to make creamy mushroom soup, mashed potato and buttered vegetables (broccoli and shitake mushrooms) as well to complete the meal. They're all from scratch so I was beyond proud of what I've accomplished. The man (and his tummy) was all smiles after dinner. But I think I'll have to invest in a couple of wine glasses to complete the fine dining experience next time. Will definitely do this again!

Have y cooked up something extra special at home lately for your family? Surprise them with a nice home-cooked meal. Who knows? Maybe you'll end up surprising yourself even. There's always a Barefoot Contessa in all of us when we do it with love, y'know.

Anyhoo, the recipe can be found in the Food Network website in case you wanna give it a shot too. :)

5 sweet comments:

Kyla said...

Mmm, this sounds delicious! Usually when I try fancy food network recipes, I seem to fail haha.

Katherine / Of Corgis and Cocktails said...

MM!!! Oh my gosh does this sound awesome. I love the food netowr - I alwyas get crazy inspired to create dishes like this. Try a chocolate-wine sauce with it - it's amazing too!

Kat said...

omg it looks sooooooooo delicious :D

Heather said...

it looks professional to me!!! Yum!

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Maria Bastida said...

OH MY GOD!! This looks AMAZING!!!

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