After the storm, comes the calm and peace and the sun!
Having witnessed a brilliant 1 1/2 rainbow the evening before, today was the day for the return of the sun and a minimalistic meal al fresco.
The air was oozing with the aromas of the wet earth and the flowers and plants.
I always grill the beef cuts with only a sprinkle f olive oil, but I could not resist the temptation of placing them on a bed of fresh oregano, rosemary and bay leaves.
After the steaks have rested for a couple of hours, it is time to grill them.
Please note that I do not put anything on the meat, other than olive oil.
On the sides of the charcoals I place some branches of bay leaves. They moderate the heat and they give a wonderful aroma.
On the table a fresh spinach salad was waiting patiently.
The wine I selected was a 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon made by my high school friend from Rhodes, Tassos Petas.
The contrast between the brown and the red is always inviting.
As the crust on the inside is formed, the inside remains juicy.
Provided the fire is strong enough, but not too strong.
I serve the meat medium rare.
And by the bones, a bit more rare.
Salt and pepper are added by the guests at their discretion.
I want to congratulate Tassos Petas for creating a wonderful wine. Six years after it was made and bottled, the wine had a full body, and a robust but not overwhelming bouquet. Well done Tasso!
Buon appetito e arrivederci!!!