Bursting with fresh flavors and spice, kick up your summer menu with Asian-style sliced steak served over a warm homemade flat bread, arugula salad, and fresh bell pepper salsa!
Some years ago I read a novel in which the protagonist happened to be colorblind. The character’s colorblindness was of little consequence to the larger plot except in passing, but it did create the single scene in the book that stuck with me because of the metaphor it created. The character was caught up in a bit of dialogue surrounding dreams and her outlook on the world. She remarked that she preferred never to dream because she always dreamt in color, and when she woke up the illusion was shattered, and she found herself reintroduced to a tiresomely gray world.
To that point, I remember someone remarking to me that “Nothing is so sad as the death of a fantasy.”
If that’s the case, of course, the answer is to ensure that one’s happiness is not an illusion or grounded in fantasy. Of course, we’re all familiar with the adage that, like all things, we must make our own happiness.
For example, I was thinking about that the other day while I was preparing an early summer dinner, and about how so many of the things that I feel define ‘the season’ are actually of our own making. The flavors we use, the recipes we prepare, even lighting the barbeque and the holiday themes we enjoy, aren’t actually a ‘result’ of the season. Instead, those are the ways that we choose to enjoy and enhance the warm weather. They bring happiness, and not of the illusory sort.
Which brings me today’s recipe, which in all honesty couldn’t pair better with warm weather, a sunset, and a porch.
Of course, I’m talking about beef fajitas prepared on homemade flatbreads. I’ll mention here that if you’re preparing the flatbreads for guests, they absolutely never cease to impress. Honestly, I’ve made these more times than I can count for dinner parties or luncheons, and every time my guests fuss to no end about how I made them myself. These are a crowd pleaser that will make your guests think you’re a gourmet extraordinaire simply – because – you prepared them yourself. It also helps that they are far more delicious than anything you can find in a store.
Now, I prepared the beef with a quick orange-based marinade as outlined below, and paired that with a spicy bell pepper salsa. Combine those on the flatbreads, paired with a fresh arugula salad, and you’re ready to enjoy some of the best flavors the season has to offer.
Enjoy with Love!