Summer is fast approaching which means the aroma of grilled food will soon be filling the air. For many men, summer is their season to cook and showcase their culinary skills. And, while some of the hardiest among us may barbeque throughout the year, many of us prefer to stand by the grill, beer in hand on a balmy summer evening.
But what is it about the barbeque exactly that makes some men giddy with excitement? The latest model with all the bells and whistles? The sizzle of the steak as it hits the grill? Or the chance to don an apron, wield the tongs and cook up a tasty meal for their friends and neighbours? Whatever the reason, barbequing never goes out of style and, year after year, polls show that burgers, steaks and ribs are still the most popular foods to throw on the grill. A (very) informal poll I took on some of the community Facebook pages showed that amongst us Beachers, steak reigns supreme followed by chicken and ribs. Octopus was mentioned as was beef brisket and even tofu, proving that when it comes to grilling, pretty much anything goes!
For steak, however, you can’t beat a good rub. Depending on which rub you choose, it can add spice, sweetness or a hint of herb but it goes beyond that; a rub acts as a tenderizer, gives the meat a tasty crust, adds a little caramelization, and cuts down on the cooking time when compared to a marinated meat. I’m happy to be able to offer my customers one of the best rubs in the business from the famed mustard makers, Kozliks. This Toronto-based company has been in business since 1948 and their mustards are world-renowned – when the New York Times declares them one of the best they’ve tried, you know it’s good! And their rubs are no different, the Steak rub offering a blend of Canadian-grown brown mustard seed, oregano, cloves and coriander that complements any cut of steak.
And what’s better with a juicy, spiced steak than a refreshing cold noodle salad? Here’s a recipe adapted from the Abokichi website, and originally adapted from the popular Oh She Glows website, that combines soba noodles, an avocado dressing and a good spoonful of the highly addictive Ozaku chili sauce (also available at The Simple Craft Company, of course!). It’s perfect for that Father’s Day dinner or any other day when dad needs a tasty side to complement his skillfully-cooked steaks!
Serves: 3-4 servings
- 9 oz soba noodles
- 1 large avocado
- 1 garlic clove
- 2 tbsp green onion (green part), chopped
- 2 tbsps lemon juice
- 2 tbsps water
- Salt, to taste
- Okazu, to taste
- Cook soba noodles according to package directions. Rinse with cold water and set aside.
- Scoop out the flesh from the avocado and add to a food processor. Add the garlic, chopped green onion, lemon juice and water. Process until smooth.
- Toss the soba noodles in the sauce. Add a heaping tablespoon of Okazu (or more!)