Today, I have had some revelations, so please bear with me. There’s a great recipe for Tri-tip at the end, I promise!
As I was completing my morning set of sprints on the elliptical (I still can’t shake the fact that sprints on an elliptical makes me look like a fool, especially when you have a heavy breathing weight lifter within feet of you); the thought crossed my mind that I am home. Meaning, this head space, this moment, where I live is my home and where I came from, where I grew up is just a memory. I guess I had never really thought of my life like that before, always feeling I lived in a place other than my home, always trying to return to a place that doesn’t exist anymore.
I have had a hard time grasping this reality since my father passed right before my wedding years ago and then my grandmother’s passing just recently, returning “home” just isn’t the same. And it’s just not that aspect, people move away, people change, including me and when I return, not only do I want things to be the same, but I feel pressured to be exactly the same person I was when I was 18 years old. Though it would be impossible for me to stay shelved in an unaltered state while also going to college, moving around the country, seeing new things, meeting new people, I beat myself up because I can’t fit in that mold anymore. I guess I have finally come to the point that I accept that we are all growing, some of us growing towards each other, others of us apart. It’s part of life and I can’t control anyone else’s trajectory and I shouldn’t give anyone the power to control my trajectory nor my peace of mind on my path.
As of today, I threw it to the wind, I am free to enjoy my life, my home, no matter where that may be with no guilt and nothing holding me back. I mean who would want to miss out on this life, especially when we’ve cooked up something like Tri-tip. Pure meaty, beefy deliciousness, I say! My first dance with this cut of beef was when I moved to the west coast. Cut into thin strips, this beef is so versatile that it is great on a sandwich or served along with any of your favorite sides. Sincerely, I open my door to you, welcome to my home, finally!
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1/4 olive oil
2 TBSP white sugar
2 TBSP soy sauce
2 TBSP black pepper
2 TBSP garlic powder
2 TBSP chopped garlic
2 TBSP chopped dried onions
1 tsp lemon pepper
1 tsp salt
1 (2-pound) tri-tip, trimmed
To make the marinade, mix all of the ingredients except for the beef in a large mixing bowl. Place the trimmed tri-tips in a plastic container and pour the marinade over. Let stand in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours.
Heat grill to medium temperature.
Place tri-tips on grill at a 45 degree angle to establish grill marks and cook about 35 minutes, or until cooked to desired doneness. Remove the tri-tips from the grill and let rest about 2 to 5 minutes before slicing. Serve with your favorite side dishes.