Tuesday, June 24, 2008

What we ate: "House of Kebab" (well, "Trailer of Kebab" would be more accurate)

This is the first post in a new feature of my blog called "What we ate", which will be an occassional post all about what I cooked for dinner (or sometimes, what Tyson cooked for dinner). I know, how narcissistic can I be, thinking you all want to read about what I made for dinner. For the record, I don't really think you want to read about that, but I want to write about it, and it's my blog, and that's that.

Tonight's menu:

Spiced Ground Beef Kebabs - Seasoned with a blend of the following ground spices: garlic, cumin, cayenne pepper, chili powder, coriander, cinnamon, allspice, pepper, and salt. I know, it sounds like a lot, but it's a good taste (for those who like flavor). I usually make these into regular patties, but I decided to shape the ground meat onto skewers for a more authentic Middle Eastern look. Turns out ground meat kebabs also look like a certain character from South Park, as Tyson told me.

Grilled Zucchini - Just your normal thing with olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Toasted Greek Pitas - A little butter and then brown them in a pan. Mine got kind of dried out while I had them on "keep warm" in the toaster oven as I prepared the rest of dinner.

Yogurt-Cucumber Sauce - I didn't have the amount of cucumber or the amount of time to make a really good sauce, but it was good enough for me. (Of course, I adore both plain yogurt and cucumbers, so I'm not hard to please.)

Couscous with golden raisins, pinenuts, and zante currants - This would have been great, but when salting the water just before adding the couscous, I got distracted by Sawyer and added way too much salt. I sort of momentarily thought I was using the salt shaker and not pouring from the salt box. So it turned out way too salty, so I tried to compensate by adding honey, but it was still too salty. I had used the last of the couscous, so I couldn't make another batch to mix in and temper it. Boo. We ate it anyway. I compensated by under-seasoning the zucchini, so they could be eaten together.

Milk - Nothing makes me feel like I have eaten enough except milk.

In conclusion, this was a typical dinner night at my house: solid ideas, mediocre execution.

Oh yeah, Sawyer had pasta noodles for the first time for part of his dinner today. Little cut up pieces of rigatoni.

To show a likeness of what dinner looked like, I googled and grabbed this photo from someone else's blog. Apologies and credit go to Kirsten of http://www.homecookkirsten.blogspot.com/ . Looks like she has some yummy recipes and a nice list of food links I will now be making my way through.


  1. The first thing I thought of when I saw "Kebab" was when we were on that huge group date and you ate about 15 of them! AND now I'm thinking of when we went to Hamilton's and you ate about 2 racks of ribs and all the sides! :) I still can't believe you are that small! I love it!

  2. Don't remind me, because my metabolism is NOT what it used to be! Thanks for the memories, though.

  3. Can you come and make dinner for us sometime?!? I'm impressed!

  4. I can say with full confidence (after reading this post) that you will love Twitter. it's bite size blogging and much more back and forth. it's much fun.