Sharing a meal with family and friends feeds the soul.
But when we cook a meal together, well, our cup overfloweth.
Part of my mission is to get people back to sharing life around the table. Communing with one another and slowing down from our busy days. With the world turned off and unplugged – no distractions.
Easy, Tasty, and Personal!
Cooking and sharing a meal doesn’t need to be a chore, but rather a time to relish. One way to engage your family and friends in a no-cell-phone-unhurried-pace-zone is to come up with a meal that everyone can prepare together and customize to their tastebuds.
Say hello to the shish kebab.
As kebabs cross geographical borders and cultures, people customized their local flavors to this delectable, simple meal.
You can provide that same opportunity for your dinner guests by offering a variety of meats, vegetables, and marinade ingredients.
Invite everyone to concoct their own marinade.
The goal of any marinade is flavor.
Create Your Own Marinade
A fun way to recall how to create a marinade is the acronym SOFA. S for salt. O for oil. F for flavor. A for acid. A great marinade is comprised of these four elements.
Change up the flavors with herbs, seasonings, and other flavors like basil, chipotle, or red pepper. Change up the acid with a variety of vinegars, fresh lemons, and limes.
Whatever your tastebuds desire is the key to success.
Include The Veggies You Love
Once it’s time to thread the skewers, include a variety of vegetables like onions, tomatoes, and bell peppers.
My personal favorite is okra – it makes a divine and rather unexpected addition to a shish kebab.
Grill or Broil, Voila!
Now cook away on the grill, under the broiler, or on the stove top with a cast iron grill pan.
Cesar Chavez once said, “If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him…the people who give you their food give you their heart.”
Curious about the history of the shish kebab? Read about it here.