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. 



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