Slow Cooked Beef Sandwiches and Things Bloggers Go Through
Good Evening Everyone!
I hope your day is going well. I’m going to deviate a bit from my normal post routine. Usually, at least during the Manila Majors, I share with you my thoughts about a DOTA 2 team. Then Mr. Noob Chef gives you his more “technical” feedback. And finally I wrap up the post with a delicious recipe. We’ll get there tonight, I promise. But first I need to just sit down and write out my feelings. Yes… it’s one of those kinds of nights. As a seasoned blogger I’ve struggled with apathy, insecurity, and a roller coaster of emotions. At times I’ve deleted old blogs because I felt that the direction of the blog wasn’t quite heading the way I wanted it to.
Other times I felt like I wasn’t getting enough “likes” or comments. I wasn’t sure how to generate traffic so I pumped out more posts only to feel burned out shortly thereafter. And so today…. I’m changing my mindset. Today I lost 3 twitter followers and 1 blog follower. At first I felt panicked. Did I do something wrong? Was that 1 person an anti-gamer? Did my recipes repulse them? I wondered all these thoughts aloud to myself and then I looked at my twitter feed and saw 3 few followers. It was then that I felt… sorrow. “What am I doing wrong?” I thought all afternoon until finally I sat down and asked myself a single question: Why am I blogging?
Am I blogging to see how many people like my stuff? No. (Though I appreciate all the wonderful comments and likes ❤ They make me feel warm and fuzzy!). Am I blogging in hopes of generating income or success? No, though if it did happen by some weird random fate… I’d be really shocked and surprised. So why am I blogging?
I share my recipes and writings because it feels good. I love to cook. I love to explore recipes and break things down into simple pieces. I love learning new cooking methods and sharing it with all of you, just because it’s fun! Sometimes I feel as though the “like” buttons are a popularity contest. The more followers you have, the more likes you’ll get. But today (and hopefully everyday) I’m going to remind myself: I am blogging for me. I am blogging because I want to share my love of cooking with the world. I am blogging because this tiny URL is my place for my voice to be heard (or read). This blog is just me. And I’m not going to let my insecurity and anxiety over likes or comments cloud my authentic voice here.
I promise that is the end of my rant. So thank you to all of you who read through that. Now, let’s get to the fun stuff! First let’s take a look at Team Secret:
Team Secret is what one might call a “revolving door” of pro gamers. Everyone who’s “someone” has been on Team Secret at one point or another. For example: KuroKy, (Captain of Team Liquid) was once on Team Secret. w33, one of the highest MMR players, currently in Digital Chaos, was once on Team Secret. Fly (Captain of Team OG), also was on Team Secret. So while one might say that Team Secret is just a stepping stone, in reality they are one of the oldest teams in DOTA 2. Their captain puppey, has done an exceptional job at drafting and recruiting new players for their active roster. While they are still trying to pull it together for the Manila Majors, with such longevity comes great experience. So don’t count these guys out yet!
Slow cooker beef sandwiches. This recipe is a piece of home. It’s amazing how we turn to old recipes from our childhood when we’re feeling down. Originally I had planned to take brisket and wrap it up in Estonian Meat Pies, because the team captain is from Estonia. (My apologies to Team Secret, emotions got in the way today so I reverted back to a childhood recipe). Instead, I made slow cooker beef loin sandwiches. My parents divorced when I was 10 and so half of my childhood was spent in two homes. Thus, I had two very different culinary experiences. Slow-cooked food comes from my adolescence. My step-mom was never one to cook much. She didn’t really enjoy it. So from an early age I learned how to make tuna-mac and meatloaf. But, living in a Jewish home, every now and then for Shabbat she would make a brisket.
That thick slab of meat was sprinkled with paprika, salt, and black pepper. Then she topped it with sliced onions and let it roast for 3 hours in beef broth. Back then she poured in canned potatoes and vegetables and called it a day. Today, I made my own version of brisket with beef loin. It’s a tad cheaper but just as flavorful! Once it’s cooked, just slice it thin and you have tender, juicy, flavorful meat to last you all weekend long. Enjoy this recipe everyone and have a wonderful night!
Slow-Cooker Beef Loin
Courtesy of: Lisa aka The Noob Chef
Yields: 8 servings
- 1 (3-4 lb.) beef loin
- 1 tbsp. garam masala
- 1 tsp. paprika
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 cans beef broth
- 2 onions, sliced into rounds
- Make sure the beef loin is defrosted fully and rinse. Pat dry with paper towels.
- Season with the garam masala, paprika, salt, and black pepper.
- Pour the beef broth into a large (4-6 qt.) slow cooker. Carefully place the brisket in the broth.
- Lay the onion rings on top of the brisket and place the lid on the crock pot.
- Cook on HIGH for 4 hours. Remove from crock pot, slice thin, and serve!