So in honor of our beautiful weather this week, here are some of the signs of summer I encountered:
1) The tulips on State Street bloomed on Monday. Nature is just so amazing to me, just two months ago there was no sign of life anywhere and then come April and small pops of green push through the hard Earth and bring life where it was nowhere to be found.
2) Yesterday was the first time I biked to work (is that hipster, Maegan?) and it was the most relaxing and peaceful commute I have ever experienced. I only live three miles from work and Chicago has a lake-front path for pedestrians only. The cool breeze rolling off the lake, sun shining in my face and hundreds of other people making their commute via motor-less transportation, makes you think that life can't get much better!
3) Annnd my food post of the day! Did anyone else catch that Kenny Chesney line? "And one by one we slide from reality, with nowhere to go, and nowhere to be". I've been channeling my inner sailor/pirate the last month, wishing my summer vacations would come quicker!
1/4 cup whiskey
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup worcheshire sauce
2 tbls olive oil
2 tbls cider vinegar
2 tbls black peppercorns
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp ground mustard powder
shaking of red chili flakes
handful of chopped cilantro
Allow beef to marinade in the refrigerator for a couple hours, obviously the longer it marinades, the more flavor you will get. Use whatever vegetables you have in the house. I use whole mushrooms, red bell pepper and red onion. I'd recommend using a sirloin or another tender form of beef.
The marinade was so delicious! The bitter whiskey was cut by the sweetness in the soy sauce, and the cracked black peppercorns gave the meat the perfect bite!
We enjoyed this meal on our patio while drinking a cold beer and watching the sun set. Oh summer how we love thee!