Inspiration to reality

One of my favorite restaurants here in Houston is called Istanbul Grill.  It, of course, as you can tell by the name is Turkish cuisine.  The food is always fresh and delicious.  it’s the kind of place where you get the perfect size meal that doesn’t leave you feeling stuffed and immobile. You leave satisfied and pleasantly full from an incredible meal with all the right combinations of  flavors. 

This was my inspiration for my meal last night.  So, I made it into reality.  I sometimes have these great ideas and then I try it and it’s not quite what I hoped for.  This time, however, I was very pleased!

Here’s what I did.  It was so simple and so delicious.  I’m so happy I have leftovers for lunch today!  I got a flank steak ($4.72!!!) and marinated it with olive oil, lemon, cumin, cinnamon, paprika, garlic, pepper, parsley.. The recipe is in the link above.  I did not use onions (thought I had one, but I was sadly mistaken) so I sprinkled in some onion powder.  And I used regular paprika not hot.  Let that sit for about 30 mins. (Longer it marinates the better I’m sure, but mine was still really tastey). We put it on the grill and cooked to perfection.

Istanbul Grill always serves this delicious cabbage salad along side there meat with a couple tomato slices as garnish.  The cabbage salad is so simple yet so good.  I got a bag of coleslaw and then added olive oil, vinegar, salt,pepper, lemon juice.  You don’t need a lot, so start with just splashes off each and do to taste.  mix it up, serve with tomato slices.

it is so good. Definitely one of my new go-to meals. 




I love Sam for many reasons.  One of my favorite things is him in the kitchen.  He is fearless, creative and always trying new things.  He inspires me in so many ways.  Who would think him in a kitchen would make me love him more and more.  Love is silly sometimes, but I love it.  He decided to make us a gluten free deep dish pizza (Chicago style) for dinner. We weren’t sure how it would turn out, but lets just say it’s a keeper!!!! Yummmm.  

Here is the recipe from the website. He made a few changes… For the gluten free flour he used King Arthurs and instead of xantham gum he used arrowroot powder.  We used fresh mozzarella, sausage and good pepperoni.  It was delizioso!!