Celebrating Sleep

This past year, my wife’s youngest sister gave birth to her first child. As you might expect, it brought back all the memories of when each of my boys were infants.

It is very true that you never understand the parent child bond until you have experienced it yourself. Before having kids you tolerate new parents when they talk incessantly about their new little one. You think that they’ve gone off the deep end and while you think you understand what they are going through, you really don’t have a clue. Once you are a parent, you cannot imagine what could be more entertaining than watching your infant sleep. S/he is just so cute and nothing else can compare.

As the weeks and months go on and you find that the little one does not sleep for as long as you would like them to and whenever they fall asleep you try to close your own eyes. Both of our boys were bottle fed, so the division of labor was even. I envied those dads of breast-fed babies knowing they likely got more sleep than I did!

For our first child we split the night. I would stay up late and cover anything until 2AM. At that point, my wife would take over. This worked as it was predictable and when the baby cried when you were off-duty, you would just smile and roll over.

For our second, we alternated nights. You may have one horrid night but you knew the next one would be full of sleep. I can’t say that one strategy was better than the other, but each worked in its own way.

One morning, I woke up to the sunlight streaming into my window. I looked over and my wife was sleeping beside me. The baby had not cried at all that night. First time ever!!!! My wife awoke shortly after I did and I looked at her and said with a huge smile on my face, “He slept through the night!”

She looked at me with a disgusted look and replied, “No….YOU slept through the night!”

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There is no sleeping through the tastes of this Jamaican steak.

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The citrus and ginger are a great combination.

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Score both sides of the steak in a cross hatch pattern.

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In the marinade.

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And on the grill!

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So full of flavor!

Jamaican Steak Recipe

Cook Time: 10 minutes | Makes: 6


  • 2 lbs. beef flank steak
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 piece (1 1/2 x 1 inches) fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 2 teaspoons lime peel
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Shredded orange peel
  • Shredded lime peel


Score both sides of beef by cutting 1/4 inch deep diagonal lines about 1 inch apart in surface of steak to form diamond-shaped designs.

Combine brown sugar, juices, garlic, ginger, grated peels, salt, pepper, cinnamon and cloves in 2-quart glass dish.

Add beef; turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate steak at least 2 hours.

Remove beef from marinade; discard marinade.

Grill beef over medium-hot heat about 6 minutes per side until medium-rare or to desired doneness.

Garnish with shredded orange and lime peels.

Source: http://www.grouprecipes.com/80008/jamaican-steak.html

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Categories: Beef, Grilled, Jamaican, kosher, Low Carb, Main Dish 2, Recipes

Author:The Ranting Chef

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8 Comments on “Celebrating Sleep”

  1. Lori M.
    September 25, 2013 at 1:13 pm #

    Gee, I thought I was the only wife who said that to her husband 🙂


  2. September 25, 2013 at 1:22 pm #

    Your posts “get me” with a knowing giggle every time! Keep it up…love your wit 🙂


  3. September 25, 2013 at 2:16 pm #

    So true – had a nice giggle, hehe! My husband sleeps through every night..!


  4. September 25, 2013 at 3:58 pm #

    Oh wow, I can smell that steak already.


  5. September 25, 2013 at 5:32 pm #

    That looks delicious! I love your segue from the babies sleeping to delicious meat. You’re hilarious!


  6. September 26, 2013 at 3:57 am #

    >She looked at me with a disgusted look and replied, “No….YOU slept through the night!”
    – Ha ha ha! Even “disgusted look” did not give away the punch line!

    >The citrus and ginger are a great combination.
    – Word. This duo, and pretty much the entire list of marinade ingredients, works well with lamb, chicken and pork, too. I, more often than not, ahem, up the ante with alcohol. Whisky for beef and lamb, and wines for chicken and pork.



  7. Danny
    September 26, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    So true, I love the comment about your wife saying “No, you slept all night”


  8. September 27, 2013 at 12:48 am #

    Reminds me of when our twin sons were babies. Once my husband woke up around 8:30 a.m., rolled over and stated, “Wow, the babies slept late”. “Actually”, I replied, “They woke up at 6:30, got their diapers changed & drank their bottles, then stayed awake for a while. Then both they – and I – went back to bed, while you slept through the whole thing!” (He was pretty useless in the middle of the night… so I just gave up asking him to do any feedings during the night… and I guess that included early morning feedings as well. He was so spoiled !!)


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