I finally did it, I got another tattoo! After years of trying to save, and not getting very far – it’s hard to designate money for tattoos when you have to pay for rent, and utilities, and groceries, and car payments, and gas, and vet bills for fat cats– Bronson suggested that we combine the money we would have spent on each other for Christmas and our anniversary, on new tattoos for each other!
Clarification – We did not get tattoos *for* each other, we *paid for* each other’s tattoos. Getting a tattoo for another person never ends well, from what I’ve seen. This was my fifth tattoo and Bronson’s first! Although our 2 year anniversary was in March, my artist, Mandy of DeadSexyTattoos, is kicking so much ass in tattooing that she wasn’t available until last weekend. Bronson was able to get his the weekend of our actual anniversary.
It’s no surprise that getting a tattoo puts a big strain on your body. You want to make sure that you eat a solid meal before going into a session, and drink plenty of water. No artist wants a client to faint on their chair, it’s a real bummer. I announced to Bronson, somewhat triumphantly with my hands on my hips, that I wanted Steak N’ Eggs for breakfast the morning before my latest tattoo. Steak N’ Eggs is about as powerful as a breakfast can get.
MEAT. EGGS. PROTEIN. YASSS
First, I thinly sliced some onions and browned them in our thin cast iron skillet with olive oil, salt and pepper. I let those cook down for a while, until they were browned, deliciously soft, salty and almost buttery.
When the onions were almost completely cooked, I pushed them to the sides of the pan and Bronson slapped the steak down on some more olive oil. It landed with a very satisfying sizzle. We let the steak hang out on the skillet for a while, getting it good and brown. When the first side was looking sexy, we flipped it and let the other side catch up. There was still a thick ribbon of red around the sides, so I used tongs to hold it in place and brown the sides.
Once everything was browned nicely, we piled all of the onions on top and threw it in the 350-degree oven for a few minutes to ensure that it was cooked thoroughly (to a medium-rare steak status).We let it rest on a large plate while we cooked our eggs. Once the steak had a moment to rest and gather all of its juices together, I cut it in half for Bronson and I to split. Did you see that steak? It was huge!
Bronson likes his eggs waayyy over-easy, but I like mine to have just a bit of the yolk still wet in the center. Full-on over-easy eggs with all of the yolk running makes me feel a little sick. Is that just me or do other people have that problem?
I wanted somewhat of a runny yolk for this dish, because like I mentioned in the Breakfast Hash post, runny yolks make everything seem so much richer. And I didn’t want this steak to be lacking any richness. I figured the richer the food, the more satisfied and comfortable I’d be during my tattoo session.
It wasn’t lacking anything. This steak dish came out absolutely perfectly. It was seasoned and cooked well, there was some sweet, almost garlic-y tang from the onions, and the creaminess of the egg yolk draped over everything like a velvet blanket.There was even a bit of spice from the red pepper flakes that I put on my eggs. My inner cavewoman took over and mauled the steak, cutting huge pieces, running it through the egg yolk and piling onions on top into one, all-encompassing bite.
I was so full after this breakfast that I needed a nap before my tattoo session. We get our tattoos done at Lucky Monkey Tattoo Parlor in A2, so I had a great powernap in the car on the drive there. I was ready to kick this tattoo’s ass when I went in for my session, and it ended up being a breeze – for the most part at least. The last 30 minutes with that detailing needle hurt like a motherfucking bitch.
I’m positive that if I had eaten a lighter breakfast I would not have felt like such a champ during my session. There would have been a lot more swearing and discomfort.
When you’re going in for your next (or first!) badass tattoo or if you just want to Treat Yo Self for breakfast, make steak n’ eggs. But make sure that you have enough time for a nap afterward, you’ll need one after this hearty breakfast.
Recipe for Steak N’ Eggs
1 Steak – Your preference of cut and weight
1/2 Onion, thinly sliced
Red Pepper flakes
Cook onions in skillet with olive oil, salt and pepper. Season steak with salt and pepper. When onions are browned and mostly cooked, push them to the sides of the pan and cook the steak in the center, 10-15 minutes. When the first side is brown and has a nice crust, flip it and let cook another 10-15 minutes. If steak is thick and still rare on sides, use tongs and brown each side. Bake in 350 degree oven for 5-10 minutes. Fry eggs to your preference – over-easy, over-medium, over-hard – and sprinkle salt, pepper and red pepper flakes over.