Vincent Price’s Butterfly Steak Hong Kong – #partylikeamadman

In my dreamworld it is the early 1960s, and I’m partaking of an ice cold Mai Tai at Trader Vic’s…

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and Mary and Vincent Price to my left…

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For not only was Trader Vic’s a favourite haunt of the lovely boys and girls of Madison Avenue, it had a special place in the hearts of Vincent and Mary too.

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In the best cookbook in the world, Mary and Vincent’s, A Treasury of Great Recipes

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there are three recipes the Price’s gleaned directly from the chef at Trader Vic’s in New York. 

For the:

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I decided to try the recipe for Butterfly Steak Hong Kong.  But before that of course, there had to be COCKTAILS!

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From the wonderful Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook (I have a copy to give away – yip yip!  See very end of this post for how to win…) here’s a recipe for Roger’s favourite Martini – mmmmmmmmmmmmmm.  It made me laugh to see that this recipe is courtesy of The Grand Central Oyster Bar in New York.  Fans of the show will know full well, that it is not wise to have several martinis and oysters for lunch, then walk up several flights of stairs back to the office.  You KNOW what will happen…

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As an amuse bouche before the steak, I thought Rumaki would be appropriate.  Some say these were invented by Victor Bergeron, aka Trader Vic.  I know for a fact that Vincent Price loved Rumaki as he tells us how to make them on his International Cookery Course LP record, Bounty of Paradise.

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This most excellent of vinyl platters prompted me to throw a Polynesian party, as per Vincent’s precise instructions way back in 2012.  His Rumaki were divine, and Nathan fell in a box…  Here’s a photo of some Vincent’s Rumaki I made earlier…

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Vincent says about these: “don’t turn your nose up at the chicken livers!  This is no time to be squeamish, they are delicious.”  He is, as always, quite correct, and they are recipe of the month for April 2015 – if you are looking at some point in the future, you’ll get a surprise recipe!

I can never think of chicken livers without this fantastic Vincent Price Cookery Theme Tune going around in my head!  Pork Chops, Pork Chops, Pork Chops, PORK!

But back to the Rumaki.  We know that Betty Draper served Rumaki at her “Around The World Dinner” in series 2.  For liquid refreshment Betty offers a Burgundy from France, or a “frosted glass of beer” from Holland. 

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It was Heineken of course.  I wholeheartedly agree with Don Draper about Heineken beer: “For women entertaining in the home…  Holland is Paris.  They can buy this sophisticated beer and proudly walk it into the kitchen instead of hiding it in the garage.”

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And if you think I just bought the Heineken just to have with the Rumaki for my Mad Men party, here’s proof that it is my favourite cold beverage…

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Here’s the recipe for Rumaki from the Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook

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I had to oven bake mine (as Vincent does), as the grill (broiler) chose today to stop working.  What I am going to do about tomorrow’s hot cross buns, I do not know…

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I decided on a costume change for the Butterfly Steak Hong Kong.  This is the outfit I would have worn to Trader Vic’s in New York  in the 1960s, and this is the outfit I WILL wear when someone takes me to Trader Vic’s in London sometime, anytime (hint hint…)

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Here’s the genius recipe…

Butterfly Steak Hong Kong
Serves 2
Vincent says: Sometimes when life in an American city gets too jazzy, too brassy, too urban to bear for another minute, its citizens long to escape to some South Sea Island. When that happens, those that are really loaded with loot can book a flight on the next Pacific jet. Those who are only fairly flush can book a table at Trader Vic's. In New York you walk off the sidewalk of East 58th Street and stumble into a shadowy Polynesian world dreamed up by a decorator in love with bamboo, wicker, fish net, votive lights and the arts and crafts of the Outer Marquesas. Never mind all that. The food at Trader Vic's is marvelous, and would taste just as good at an unromantic Automat. Their Butterfly Steak with a hot sauce is particularly good, and a fine chafing dish recipe for a small dinner at home.
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Ingredients
  1. 350g / 12 ounce boneless sirloin steak, about 2.5 cm / 1 inch thick
  2. 1/2 teaspoon monosodium glutamate
  3. 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  4. 1 tablespoon cognac
  5. 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  6. 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  7. 3/4 cup beef stock
  8. 1/2 teaspoon salt and dash of pepper
  9. dash of bottled steak sauce
  10. dash of chili sauce
  11. 1 jigger of cognac
Instructions
  1. Trim the fat from the steak and with a sharp knife cut it almost in half horizontally. Open it up and spread it flat, so that it resembles a butterfly with open wings.
  2. Pound to flatten a little and sprinkle with the MSG. Rub 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper and 1 tablespoon cognac into meat and let stand about 15 minutes.
  3. Place under hot broiler or grill, and cook 3 minutes per side for rare.
  4. Place on a hot platter and keep warm.
Sauce
  1. In the top of a chafing dish put: 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, 3/4 cup beef stock, 1/2 teaspoon salt, dash of pepper, dash of bottled steak sauce, dash of chili sauce. Stir and cook until sauce bubbles.
  2. Put steak in chafing dish and spoon sauce over it. Heat 1 jigger of cognac and pour, flaming, over the steak.
Adapted from A Treasury of Great Recipes
Adapted from A Treasury of Great Recipes
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I hear that the last series of Mad Men will be set in the 1970s.  What on EARTH will Joan be wearing?  Like me, she’s got a figure made for the 1950s…  I hope that Joan’s going from strength to strength in her career at Stirling Cooper & Partners.  I’d like to think it would have been Joan who brokered a deal to have Vincent be the representative of Angostora Bitters if it was a SC&P account.  Vincent Price & food & cocktails = an utterly genius combination.

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Thank you to friend of Silver Screen Suppers – The Vincent Price Exhibit for this pic.

So, for your Mad Men party (new series begins on Sunday 5th in the States, Thursday 9th in the UK) if you don’t fancy Don Draper’s favourite, an Old Fashioned cocktail, you could have a Vincent Price New Fashioned cocktail! (If you can’t read the recipe in the photo above by expanding it, click on this link…) – and if you fancy the Chinese Chicken click here for a fab post by Mimi who made this for my Vincent Price Halloween Cookalong…

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It has been SO MUCH FUN participating in this #PartyLikeAMadMan Virtual Reality Party, I loved it!  To see what other folks have been cooking up click here…  So many wonderful bloggers making so many wonderful things…

Thank you so much to Yinzerella over at Dinner is Served 1972 for letting me know this was happening.  Basically, any party she is going to, I want to go to be in on! Check out this link to see how her party turned out.  It’s no surprise that Jello was involved.  Can you imagine how much I want that cake fountain?!

Massive thanks to Judy Gelman for organising the whole shebang and letting me be part of it.  As soon as I heard about the party, my first thought was VINCENT PRICE, as I knew some of the restaurants featured in Mad Men were also featured in the Treasury of Great Recipes.  Sardi’s is in there, as is the Forum of the Twelve Ceasars…

Regular readers of the Silver Screen Suppers blog will know that I’m involved in arranging events to celebrate the launch of the 50th Anniversary Edition of the Treasury.  There will be some great foodie events in November when Vincent and Mary’s daughter Victoria embarks on a whirlwind tour of the UK.  I’m hoping to organise a blogger virtual reality party like this one, some time in September when the book is launched in the States.  Please either let me know in a comment below if you are interested in participating, or email me via the Contact page…

You can reserve an advance copy of the 50th anniversary edition of the Treasury via Victoria’s wonderful Cooking With Vincent website.

As I’m all about shopping local these days here are some links to some lovely local shops involved in the making of this party…

I bought my delicious steak, liver and bacon from the divine Morley Butchers in Crouch End.

Mr R’s 1950s causal shirt and the fab frying pan you see beside him are from Cha Cha Cha Vintage in Muswell Hill.

I can’t remember where I bought either of my frocks (although I have a feeling the Hawaiian number was from Rokit), but both sets of earrings are from St Cyr Vintage in Camden Town.

The gin is from genius local distillery Sacred Gins in Highgate, purchased from Prohibition Wines in Muswell Hill.

The BBQ sauce we dipped our Rumarki in was made with some Hammerton beer from my nephew’s brilliant brewery in Islington.

I love all of these people.

Finally, the giveaway!!!!!

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Last but not least, if you would like to win a copy of the Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook just make a comment below and you’ll go into a free prize draw.  Let me know where you are in the world as if the winner is in the USA the lovely publisher will send you a hard copy once I’ve contacted you for an address.  If you are elsewhere in the world, I will send you an e-book version.  Good luck my lovelies and have fun partying like a mad man!

Closing date for competition – Friday 10th April.

20 Responses to Vincent Price’s Butterfly Steak Hong Kong – #partylikeamadman

  1. Yinzerella 3 Apr, 2015 at 1:22 pm #

    GIRL.
    You outdid yourself!
    And that silly VP ditty will be in my head all day.
    You let me know the deets for the VP virtual party–I have my own copy of The Treasury!
    But, I have to end with this:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snhiofL2Rh4
    🙂

    • Jenny 4 Apr, 2015 at 1:48 pm #

      Yinzerella, that made me laugh out loud. I had TOTALLY forgotten that genius Heineken quote, we used to say it all the time when Blue Velvet was on here in the UK. Think I might have to get myself a Blue Velvet boxset and relive those days…

  2. Moya 4 Apr, 2015 at 2:06 am #

    Love those outfits! We’re excited for Mad Men’s final half season on Sunday. My two Mad Men tidbits–the costume designer Janie Bryant was a guest speaker in my Media and Fashion class about 3 years ago (it’s the same class where they read some Jenny Hammerton). Second, I saw Roger on the street last August with his real life wife (who plays his ex-wife on screen). The images of Roger in early 1970s gear that AMC have released are hysterical. I just don’t want the show to end.

    And I’m all in for the blogger Virtual Reality party–hopefully my friends Ben and Ashley can join in some Vincent inspired fun.

    • Jenny 4 Apr, 2015 at 1:51 pm #

      Ha ha – great tidbits! I’m resisting looking at pre-publicity for Mad Men as it will be a while until I see it. As I am TV free (as is Mr R these days) I’ll have to wait for the DVDs! New series starts here on Thursday so I’ll have to walk around at work with my fingers in my ears on Friday!

  3. Moya 4 Apr, 2015 at 2:08 am #

    PS–the outfits I love are yours. That Polynesian dress. I’ll have to wear my vintage Hawaiian 1960s dress and make this steak one night. I have a good butcher at the farmer’s market who sells amazing organic grass fed beef.

    • Jenny 4 Apr, 2015 at 1:51 pm #

      Ooh, yes, do it! and send pix!

      • Moya 8 Apr, 2015 at 3:44 am #

        I certainly will do!

  4. Tina Blacksmith 4 Apr, 2015 at 5:50 am #

    I would love to be involved, as Vincent is my favorite! Sounds like it will be fun.

    • Jenny 4 Apr, 2015 at 1:54 pm #

      Great stuff Tina, count yourself in with a place on the guest list! And who knows, someone MAY buy the new edition of the Treasury for you for your birthday if they took the hint from your blog !!

      • Tina Blacksmith 5 Apr, 2015 at 5:40 am #

        Thanks for checking out my blog! 🙂
        Super excited about the Vincent party!!!

  5. Leslie Schneider 5 Apr, 2015 at 12:51 am #

    i dined like Draper in the 60s but didn’t get to drink like Draper. Keep up the good work Jenny. Your blog, FB, and tweets are the best.

    • Jenny 6 Apr, 2015 at 2:38 pm #

      Aw thanks Leslie, that’s made my day!

  6. Martha K 5 Apr, 2015 at 9:33 pm #

    Your awesome and think we could have been best friends in another time. And of course if we lived in the same town. Preferably within walking distance of Trader Vics! but if your in or around Fort Lauderdale Fl June for the Hukilau let me know! It’s awesome!

    • Jenny 6 Apr, 2015 at 2:40 pm #

      Thanks Martha! I love getting new best friends, zip on over to London and we’ll get ourselves down to Trader Vic’s. I’ve just looked up what a Hukilau is – I am THERE if I win the lottery in the next couple of weeks… JX

  7. Peter Fuller 7 Apr, 2015 at 12:53 pm #

    Wow!!!! I never knew there was connection between Mad Men and Vincent Price courtesy of the Treasury of Great Recipes. Having been dining out all Easter, Im so going to have to give those mouth-watering steaks a go. Will it still work minus the MSG? or is that the secret ingredient? And what about the steak sauce. Did Vincent have a preference – maybe he did an ad for one.

    • Jenny 7 Apr, 2015 at 2:04 pm #

      Ha ha! Yes indeed! Ooh, I’ll have a hunt around to see if he did any ads for Steak Sauce. I used good old A1 which seemed to be the fave of many a silver screen star – Joan Crawford certainly!

      I’m sure it would be fine without the MSG. I ALWAYS add it when Vincent says so, but I know some people aren’t keen on adding it.

      Let me know how you get on. ’tis delicious!

  8. Angus Teee 7 Apr, 2015 at 7:06 pm #

    Thrilled to hear you’re a big Joan fan – as am I!

    Which is why you must see this (if you haven’t already!) …

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvAlSuqo174

    xx

  9. Jenny 9 Apr, 2015 at 1:26 pm #

    I hadn’t seen it and I LOVE IT! She is just the most gorgeous thing ever!

  10. Tina Blacksmith 23 Apr, 2015 at 8:51 pm #

    I won. 🙂
    Just got the email from Judy!

    • Jenny 24 Apr, 2015 at 3:39 pm #

      Whoopee! Yes, congrats! Hope you enjoy the book, it’s absolutely fab. JX

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