it’s friday gang! and you know what that means: fridays with oscar. this is probably my favorite blogpost of any given week, and it’s our second one of the year. for my regulars, you know what to expect: a delicious entree, cocktail and some lovely pictures of the magnificent Oscar. but before we get that far, i want to take a quick step back. one of our primary topics of discussion this week has been color. we started off the week with a totally neutral-based outfit, but i also showed you how to build a simple but interesting monochromatic outfit in blue. today, i’m gong to marry aspects of the two outfits together and show you how to add color to a neutral outfit.
outfit of the day: add color to a neutral outfit
i’m no stranger to color. i love finding new and interesting ways to add a color pop. it not only creates visual interest, but it tends to have an emotional effect: a little color can brighten our moods and the moods of those around us in subtle but positive ways.
this is especially nice as we head into what can be some of the more dreary and difficult months to get through: January and February. to counteract, i’ve put together an outfit today that i think is visually interesting and will brighten your day—if ever so slightly. as my neutral base, i’ve selected a black turtleneck from Everlane. i’ve further added a pair animal-printed (similar) loafers from Ann Taylor and a belt. (yes, animal print is a neutral.) for my color pop, i’ve bone with a pair of red jeans from J.Crew. if colored jeans aren’t your thing, just invert the outfit: pair black jeans with a red turtleneck. same effect without committing to colored denim.
entree: garlic butter steak bites
per usual, i’ve got a super simple, super tasty recipe for you: garlic butter steak bites. for my NFL fans out there, this is a perfect dish to make this playoff weekend. your guests are going to love you, and you’re going to love this recipe—because you won’t be slaving away in the kitchen nor will you have to run out and pickup snacks last minute.
- 1 1/4 lbs (450g) sirloin steak cut into small cubes
- 4 medium zucchini, spiralized (or a pack of store-bought Zucchini Noodles)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 tablespoons butter, divided
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1/4 cup (60ml) beef or vegetable broth
- 1 tablespoon minced parsley
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes, optional
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce (or coconut amino for paleo and gluten-free)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon hot sauce (we used Sriracha)
- Fresh cracked black pepper, to taste
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- To prepare the garlic butter steak bites recipe: In a mixing bowl, combine the ingredients for the steak marinade (soy sauce, olive oil, hot sauce, pepper, and lemon juice) and add the steak bites. Mix well and marinate for 15 to 20 minutes minimum, while preparing the other ingredients.
- Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. Drain steak bites from the marinade. Keep the remaining marinade for later.
- Place the steak bites in the skillet in a single layer. Do not overcrowd the skillet or meat will steam, so you may have to work in batches depending on the size of your skillet. Cook steak bites for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally until steak bites are golden brown. Repeat with remaining steak bites if needed.
- Once all the steak bites are golden brown, add 2 tablespoons butter and garlic to the skillet; cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring to coat the meat in the sauce. Remove the steak bites to a shallow plate and set aside.
- In the same skillet, add butter, lemon juice, red pepper flakes, beef broth, and remaining marinade juices. Bring to a simmer and allow to reduce for 2-3 minutes, stirring regularly.
- Add the spiralized zucchini noodles and toss for two to three minutes to cook it up. Stir in the fresh parsley and thyme, then allow the cooking juices to reduce for one minute if the zucchini noodles render too much water. Push the zucchini noodles on the side, add the steak bites back to the pan and reheat for another minute. Serve immediately your garlic butter steak bites and zucchini noodles. Enjoy!
cocktail: cranberry moscow mule
and for my moscow mule fans out there, i’ve got a great new twist on an old favorite: a cranberry moscow mule. all you’re going to need here is your favorite vokda. (i’ve chosen my new favorite, Tito’s.) you’re also going to need ginger beer and cranberry juice. mix, chill, and enjoy.
- 2 oz. vodka
- ½ Tbsp. fresh lime juice
- 4 oz. cranberry juice
- Ginger beer
- Frozen cranberries
- Mix together in a copper mug the vodka, lime juice, and cranberry juice.
- Add in lots of ice and top with the ginger beer and stir.
- Add in a lime wedge and frozen cranberries and serve at once.
fridays with oscar
alright, gang! what a fun week on the blog. we’ve gotten back to fashion basics, and i’ve given you a tour of both my closet and office. stay tuned for next week, as we’ll continue talking outfit basics, and i’ll give you more glimpses of my day-to-day at home. oscar and i wish each of you a lovely weekend.