Monday, October 1, 2012


I feel like a Top Chef Master when saying that "food is a way to bring people together", but I do truly believe this statement. Meals shared with friends over special or obscure occasions always are more enjoyable. In commemoration of the return of Dexter, my friend Nick and I decided to try to replicate the Dexter breakfast (Dext-fast) from the opening credits. Here is the clip to remind you:

We bought some pork chops at the local meat shop, got the pan nice and hot, and Nick skidded the meat across the pan, making that delectable searing sound so prominent in the clip. This chop is accompanied it by an over-easy egg showered with hot sauce, fresh brewed coffee, and fresh squeezed blood orange juice. Unfortunately, I have yet to see a blood orange in this country (Brazil), so we did have to forget about this one element. After eating this killer combo, we could understand how Dexter has the energy to overpower his victims and lay them on his table wrapped in plastic for his reaping.

We followed the episode by eating Dexter's favorite food, a Cuban Sandwich. I slow simmered some pork with some mandarin and lime peel and juice, plus seasoned the liquid with cumin, oregano, garlic, salt, and pepper. After slowly cooking while we watched the episode, we pulled the pork into shreds and sandwiched it with some ham, cheese, and pickles into some french bread spread with mustard. All of this was shoved into the panini press to crisp up the bread and melt the cheese oozing all over the interior of the sandwich. I'm not sure if anything tickles my fancy more than tart mustard, briny pickles, succulent meat, and melted cheese. This was Nick's first Cuban, and I have a feeling it will not be his last. We are planning to do it all over again next week. Welcome back, Dexter. You were missed.

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