We cannot tell you how excited we are to share this meal and this series of books. The meal was delicious and the books are some of the best we have ever read. We are talking about the Dark Tower Series by Stephen King. These books are Stephen King's Magnum Opus, and if you like any of his works you will love these. In fact, you will find some very familiar scenes and characters from King's other books within the pages of this series.
The story chronicles the journey of Roland of Gilead. He is the last gunslinger and is on a quest to travel to and climb to the top of the Dark Tower. The world has moved on since he was young and things such as time, distance or direction no longer are quite so measurable or trustworthy anymore. Roland, along with his new found Ka-tet (group of friends brought together by fate aka Ka), must fight against the forces of the Crimson King that wish to destroy the Dark Tower and with it all existence. This journey traverses different worlds, times, and many miles (or wheels). It also spurs many emotions within the reader and leaves you with a sense of longing after you have finished. The main characters Roland, Eddie, Susannah, Jake, Oy, and Pere Callahan will all strike a nerve because they are all so human and so real.
The meal we planned for this story is actually drawn from the third book "The Wastelands." After traveling a great distance across a fairly desolate beach Roland and his Ka-tet come to a wooded area. There they are able to hunt deer and find vegetation to eat. One of the things they make is deer meat wrapped in leaves. These concoctions are dubbed Gunslinger burritos by Eddie at one point and we felt that they would be an excellent addition to our literary lunch. We didn't have deer meat available to us so we used beef, but feel free to use any meat or game that you want. Also we embellished on the contents of the burritos a bit and made them more into a lettuce wrap style meal. We hope you enjoy both the books and the meal.
A Jason and Cassie Original
Makes 4 servings
1 lb. sirloin steak (preferably grass-fed)
1/2 t. chili powder
1/2 t. cumin
salt and pepper to taste
For Beans and Rice:
1 t. olive oil
2 cloves garlic minced
1 jalapeno diced (with or without seeds)
1 c. cooked brown rice
1 15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 c. water
1 t. chili powder
1 t. cumin
salt and pepper to taste
juice of 1 small lime
1 handful cilantro leaves, rinsed and chopped
1 T. olive oil
1 medium onion sliced
1 red bell pepper sliced
1 Head lettuce
1) To prepare the steaks: Season sirloin steak with the chili powder, cumin and salt and pepper. Grill steaks about 3-4 minutes per side over medium heat until medium. Set aside and let rest a few minutes before slicing.
2) To prepare the beans and rice: heat olive oil in a sauce pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and jalapeno and stir fry for about 30 seconds. Add the rice, beans, water, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Simmer and let heat through for about 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat and add the lime juice and cilantro.
3) To prepare the vegetables: Heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and peppers and let saute about 10 minutes until they soften and begin to brown.
4) Separate all the leaves on the head of lettuce. Wash each leaf well and then dry. To serve place a small amount of each of the steak, beans and rice and vegetables on top of each lettuce leaf. Wrap up and enjoy.