Initially I thought lunch would be something boring again; tuna sandwich, canned chicken salad...meh. Then it hit me, elk steak and some veggies! I quickly grabbed a package of small steaks from the freezer in the garage and got them defrosting in the microwave. Most people would skin me alive for such blasphemy, but I have it MASTERED now. I've had to master the quick defrost option since I get the request from my son and daughter quite often to get some steaks on the cast iron skillet, and it's usually late at night, lol. I did a skillet steak today, in light olive oil, some sea salt and McCormick's steak seasoning and I chopped up some vegetables and that's when it really sank in for me, and I smiled, I mean, I REALLY SMILED! And of course reached for my phone to take a photo. That's about the time I noticed my wife looking at me like I was a crazy person, "food pictures went out a few years ago...". I wasn't going to let her ~I'd rather have beef~ negativity affect me!
Being new to hunting and having the blessings of taking my first archery elk this year it brings an overwhelming sense of pride every time I prepare some elk meat for myself and my kids. The memories come rushing back of the panicked feeling I had after the shot, the sense of joy of finding the elk just a few short moments after the shot, and memories of agony with the treacherous 13 hour pack out that my son, buddy and I did all night long.
To sit down and enjoy the fruits of the labor really brings on a new sense of pride for someone like myself that didn't grow up hunting, and that dang sure made me smile.
I finally converted my wife this year. It took a lot of hypocrisy on my part, but I got it done, by pointing out how healthy, organic, antibiotic free and hormone free elk and deer is. (Hypocrisy because I love a good antibiotic soaked hormone fed beefsteak).
We too have been enjoying elk a lot. Mostly burger, as we're saving steak for warm grill weather