E and I are the rare couple that can sit next to each other for hours and say nothing, yet be having the time of our lives.
Sunday night, both of us sat in front of the tv with our laptops propped open, typing away, only speaking when the couple on HGTV’s “House Hunters” was about to reveal which house they wanted to buy. “I knew they’d go with the most expensive one,” I mumbled. “Yup,” E agreed.
For dinner, I was in the mood for pepper steak. I used to make stir fry regularly when I was a teenager because it was one of the first things I learned to cook for myself. Chop peppers, chop garlic and cilantro, cook chopped steak, peppers and spices, make a big ol’ pot of rice and scoop out the pepper and meat and rice in a bowl. Now, for dinner with my live in bf, I wrapped the peppers and beef in a whole wheat wrap.
I am known for over cooking meat (and everything else, it seems), but this time I took the steak off the stove while I still saw pink in the middle. The only thing I’d do differently is marinate the meet for a good hour or so before I cooked it, to make it even more tender. E didn’t seem to mind, as he went back for seconds. “Good one babes,” he said.
Minutes later, we were back on the computers. We didn’t speak again until the end of the next “House Hunters” episode.
2 whole wheat flatbreads or wraps
1 pound peppers steak (flank or skirt steak, cut into strips, will also work)
1 green pepper, cut into strips
1 yellow pepper, cut into strips
1 red pepper, cut into strips
12 assorted grape tomatoes, quartered
1 cup cilantro, chopped
3 cloves garlic
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons sesame oil
salt and pepper to taste
Season steak with salt and pepper. Warm two skillets with a tablespoon each of sesame oil. In both, toss one crushed garlic glove, peppers and tomatoes, and cook on low until softened, stirring with a wooden spoon occasionally. In another skillet, add another crushed garlic clove and steak, and cook on medium, until meat is still pink in the middle.
In a small cup, mix soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, another crushed garlic clove and a few cilantro leaves, and mix.
Add steak to pepper mixture, and stir. Add cilantro over entire mixture. Then pour soy sauce mixture over entire meat and pepper mixture. Let simmer for about a minute or two.
Warm flatbread or wrap, then lay flat on cutting board. Scoop a neat line of peppers and meat in the middle of bread. Wrap top and bottom inward, then sides on top of one another. Flip over, cut into halves, and serve. Makes two hearty wraps.
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