Aug 20, 2017

Big Green Egg: Inside of the Cabinet

I'm often asked questions about the inside of our DIY Big Green Egg table.  So, I thought I'd share a few pictures.

DIY Big Green Egg Table, the Cabinet | The Lowcountry Lady

Inside, we keep our charcoal in this 20 gallon Sterlite container.  We keep grates and other miscellaneous tools in there, too, but I keep spatulas and tongs in the house.

DIY Big Green Egg Table, the Cabinet | The Lowcountry Lady

DIY Big Green Egg Table, the Cabinet | The Lowcountry Lady

DIY Big Green Egg Table, the Cabinet | The Lowcountry Lady

We used corrugated tin from Lowes for the sides of the cabinet.  We bought a big sheet and cut it using metal sheers.  You could also use tin snips.  We screwed that to the frame before installing the boards for the cabinet floor.

We sealed the boards on the bottom of the cabinet with polycrylic to avoid grease from the grates from soaking in and just to make them easier to clean in general.

DIY Big Green Egg Table, the Cabinet | The Lowcountry Lady

In case you missed them earlier, I have other posts about the table here and here.

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Aug 19, 2017

The Library Nook

The hallway downstairs is wider than the average hallway and has two nooks, one on each side of a closet in the middle.  The original plans for the house called for one window centered in each nook.

We owned a large sturdy bookcase.  It was one of the first big pieces of furniture we bought for our former home.  It is solid wood, purchased locally from Celadon (likely from India).  I wasn't willing to give it up, but there was just no obvious spot in the plans for it.  That's what sparked an idea for one of the nooks.

We worked with our builder to remove one of the nook windows (and to move it to the other nook), which created the perfect space for the bookcase.  I love how it fits just perfectly!  The space isn't complete yet, but I thought I'd share a sneak peak, and see if y'all have any ideas.

Small Library Nook | The Lowcountry Lady

I know I want another little piece of art for the wall on the right.  I'm thinking of a small marsh painting or print.  I also have a thing for silhouettes of children and adore this one from Etsy. What do you think?

Also, I kind of like how the lighting at night is faint, but I do wonder if I should try to add some lighting.  A set of string lights, or a sconce, or a tiny little lamp to sit on one of the shelves.

And, maybe a little stool or bench...

Small Library Nook | The Lowcountry Lady

Small Library Nook | The Lowcountry Lady

Small Library Nook | The Lowcountry Lady

I like how these ideas come to life over time.

In case you're curious, my favorite author is the witty Jane Green.  Her books got me through my living-alone in Boulder days, when I should have been studying text books instead.

Aug 14, 2017

Big Green Egg: Simple Flank Steak Fajitas

Simple Flank Steak Fajitas | The Lowcountry Lady

It was one of those kind of evenings when we didn't want to be cooped up in the house cooking.  So, we went for a meal that could pretty much be cooked completely outside.

With this simple fajita recipe, you toss almost everything on the BGE or grill, and let it do the work.

Simple Flank Steak Fajitas | The Lowcountry Lady

Cross slice an onion (leave about 1/2 inch at the root to keep the onion together), drizzle with a touch of olive oil, sprinkle with salt and wrap in a double layer of foil.

Simple Flank Steak Fajitas | The Lowcountry Lady

Toss together a few herbs and spices (details below).

Simple Flank Steak Fajitas | The Lowcountry Lady

Dry rub a flank (or skirt) steak and let it come to room temp for about 30 minutes.

Simple Flank Steak Fajitas | The Lowcountry Lady

While steak is coming to temp, put the onion and a bell pepper or two on the egg.

Simple Flank Steak Fajitas | The Lowcountry Lady

After a few minutes, rotate the bell peppers.  Repeat a couple times.

Simple Flank Steak Fajitas | The Lowcountry Lady

Remove the bell peppers and cover, raise the temp on the egg to about 400, then toss on the steak.  Cook for a few minutes on each side until the steak is medium or medium well, depending on your parties preference.

Simple Flank Steak Fajitas | The Lowcountry Lady

Simple Flank Steak Fajitas | The Lowcountry Lady

When you take the steak off, let it rest for a few minutes to redistribute the juices.

Simple Flank Steak Fajitas | The Lowcountry Lady

In the meantime, warm up your tortillas.  Yes, on the grill.

Simple Flank Steak Fajitas | The Lowcountry Lady

Simple Flank Steak Fajitas | The Lowcountry Lady

This is what the onion looks like when you take it off the grill.  It's soft and ready to be sliced.

Simple Flank Steak Fajitas | The Lowcountry Lady

Simple Flank Steak Fajitas | The Lowcountry Lady

Slide up all your veggies & steak, pull together some shredded cheese, a little guac and whatever else you like (sour cream, cilantro, lime, radishes, whatever suits).

Serve 'em up!

Simple Flank Steak Fajitas | The Lowcountry Lady

Ingredients -
The Rub:
  • ¼ cup chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 3 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
*slightly adapted from The Pinning Mama

Everything else:

  • 1 lb flank steak
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 1-2 red bell peppers
  • teaspoon olive oil
  • pinch of salt
  • tortillas
  • 8 oz. shredded sharp cheddar or cojita cheese
  • guacamole (preferably homemade)
Recipe - 
  1. Heat your BGE or grill up to 300 degrees
  2. Mix up all of the rub ingredients.
  3. Rub the seasoning onto your steak and let it come to temp on the counter.
  4. Peal and cross slice an onion, leaving about 1/2 inch at the root to hold the onion together.
  5. Place the onion on foil and sprinkle with salt and olive oil.  Cover the onion in 2 layers of foil.
  6. Place the onion and bell peppers directly on the grill.
  7. Turn the bell pepper ever few minutes, remove them when each side is soft and slightly charred.  Remove and cover the peppers.
  8. Raise the temp on the grill to 400.
  9. Grill the steak for a few minutes on each side.
  10. Remove the steak and onion from the grill and allow the steak to rest.
  11. Heat your tortillas on the grill and cover with foil or a tortilla warmer to keep them warm.
  12. Pull together cheese, guac and other toppings.
  13. Slice your veggies.
  14. Slice your steak.
  15. Serve and enjoy!

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