One Last Nerdy Holiday (for a while, at least… and a great recipe)

While May 1st is most popularly known as May Day in the US, there is another, lesser known, totally nerdy holiday: Coronation Day. Yes, it is related to The Lord of the Rings (specifically The Return of the King, obviously). But if you like flank steak, read on, because I’ve discovered a recipe fit for a king. 

The Meal

Lemon Cilantro Flanksteak

Lemon cilantro flank steak with pasta and salad

Lemon Cilantro Flank Steak Recipe

Grab a dish with sides that’s large enough to lay the flank steak flat. (I used a casserole dish.)

Squirt with lemon juice. (I added roughly 5 tablespoons. Enough to cover the meat without leaving a huge puddle at the bottom of the dish.)

Sprinkle cilantro (dried or fresh), crushed red pepper flakes (the more you add, the spicier it will be, so add with care!), and a touch of kosher salt to both sides.

Your flank steak should look like this once it's seasoned.
Your flank steak should look like this once it’s seasoned.

Put the dish and flank steak in the fridge for between 30 minutes and an hour.

Next, put the steak in a skillet. Put it on medium high heat until both sides are browned. Then reduce to medium heat and turn occasionally until cooked through to your preferred doneness. (We prefer medium-well, so it took roughly 35 minutes with four or five turns.)

The flank steak ends up with a great lemony flavor and, as mentioned before, the spiciness depends on the amount of red pepper flakes. Just remember, a little bit goes a long way!

We haven’t tried it on the grill yet, but I’m sure it would be delightful out there too!

The Dessert

And with a meal fit for a king, you must have a dessert fit for a king. In our case, it was lembas — which, surprisingly, is actually shortbread! After all, one small bite has enough fat (from butter) and sugar in it to sustain a man for days. (Just kidding, of course.)

Since we were in a hurry, though, we wrapped our lembas in the way that the Elves would: with “leaves.” Since my oak and magnolia trees don’t have the best leaves for wrapping shortbread cookies, I opted for green tissue paper.

Cutting the tissue paper like this makes a perfect little package.

Cutting the tissue paper like this makes a perfect little package.

It doesn’t have to be perfect (which is good because mine isn’t). When you wrap your lembas (or cookies), set them in the center. Fold the shorter ends over the cookies first and then flap the longer ends over top. It creates a more authentic look. If all of the “leaves” are the same size, no worries. It will still look great.

What to Wear

A special occasion calls for special attire. Since we were headed to church after dinner, I went for the casual, this-is-only-nerdy-if-you-know-what-this-symbol-means look.

The Tree of Gondor shirt casually paired with a  relaxed white jacket and denim pencil skirt

The Tree of Gondor shirt casually paired with a relaxed white jacket and denim pencil skirt

And there you are. Whether you celebrate this weekend, wait until next year, or just want some amazing flank steak, you have everything for a great Coronation Day.

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