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I loved the movie Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman and Burl Ives. It just seemed the weather was so hot and humid in that movie, kind of like it was today in Glendale, California. Spane, Amber’s children and a friend all had a wonderful time playing in the neighbors pool, and as I watched them, I thought that a steak salad would be the perfect end to a perfect day. I decided to call the salad Hot Tin Roof Salad because it was so hot and steamy here, just like in the movie.
With that being said, one of the wonderful things about summer is all the great, fresh vegetables. Tomatoes are sweet and pop juice into your mouth. Lettuce is really crisp and the greenest of green. The little Persian cucumbers I get at the local Armenian store are tender and flavorful – not like their large watery English cousins with the waxed skins that always seem to come up on you later. Buttery Haas avocados are also plentiful – did you know that all Haas avocados come from one single tree that died at the age of 76 in La Habra Heights, California?
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Hungry for Dinner!
Now that I had made those pixies, I was hungry for dinner, and I put the chicken kabobs on that I had started marinating earlier.
I have a wonderful rotisserie that I picked up at a church rummage sale for $15.00, brand new, in the sealed box. I can roast a whole chicken, or other piece of meat simply by impaling the meat in the central piece. That central piece also has a top from which you can hand skewers, and also comes with a square basket for smaller foods. I love my rotisserie.
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It’s Been a Hard Time
It’s been hard on me since Spane was diagnosed with Dandy Walker Syndrome. I seem to think about nothing but that, I don’t want to clean my house, do laundry, cook, etc. I’m way behind. But, today, things are getting a little better. Things are looking up.
I love to find bargains. Last Wednesday night, after coming home from the Emergency Room after 8 hours being there, and being starved, I stopped at Ralphs and got one of those rotisserie chickens. Spane didn’t feel like eating, I ate some of it, and so there was a lot left. So, tonight when I was thinking about what I could make on a hot night, I thought of that poor chicken sitting in a bag in the refrigerator.
We went to the local vegetable store and got some tomato and these lovely, long Persian cucumbers. I have never seen them so long and big! The Italian plum tomatoes were large, too, and ripe and really red and juicy. When I asked about bread, the proprietor pointed to the Lavash1, and I thought that would be perfect for roll-ups.
Curried Chicken Roll-ups
1 cup chicken, cooked, bones and skin removed
2 tablespoon spring onion, sliced
1/2 cup flat Italian parsley, chopped
1 teaspoon good curry powder
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
4 leave Romaine lettuce, whole
1 slice Lavash1
You can easily do this by hand, and just mix the chicken, onion, parley, curry and mayonnaise together. I put mine in a food processor and pulsed it four or five times until the mayonnaise was thoroughly incorporated.
Take the slice of Lavash1 and cut it half through the middle. On each piece, put two leaves of lettuce, and then put half of the chicken mixture. Start rolling up the sandwich at the lettuce side, tightly.
When you have made both roll-ups, you can cut them on the diagonal or cut them into smaller slices for appetizers. Each half is more than enough for one person.
The Persian cucumbers are the best for salads. They are crisper, more flavorful, and have a thinner skin than the regular cucumber you buy in the market with their waxed skin. Find Persian cucumbers in Mediterranean markets.
– Salad –
2 Persian cucumbers, 1/2 inch sliced
1 Roma tomato (or two if they are small), sliced or large dice
– Dressing –
1 teaspoon good French mustard (NOT yellow mustard)
1 teaspoon Spicy Globe Basil 2
1/4 cup Red Wine vinegar
1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive oil
Get a bowl and put in on something that will keep the bowl from moving when you are whisking. If not, find someone to hold the bowl (a child is a good choice).
Put the mustard in the bowl, with the leaves, and mix. Add the vinegar and mix thoroughly.
Now, take your whisk and slowly start adding the olive oil, a slow, slow drip, all the while whisking (see, how helpful that child is?). When the oil and vinegar have emulsified, you can put the dressing on top of the cucumber and tomato and chill until ready to serve.
1 Lavash is a Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flat bread. It is best served the day you purchase it as it dried out very quickly.
2 Find out more about Spicy Globe Basil, and plant some in your garden.
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I asked my six year old what he wanted for dinner, and he said “Armenian”. That sounded good to me, because it always means the freshest ingredients. I had forgotten that it was Cinco De Mayo, but this sounded so good, we are shelving that for another day.
You can get Lula Kebob, otherwise known as ground meat kebob at Middle Eastern or Armenian butcher stores. There are also spice packets available at those stores, and recipes on the Internet. I have found that my butcher has a very good recipe, so I just buy his ground spiced meat. Form the meat into patties, and cook as you would a regular hamburger. You can serve them with Lavash and Secret Garlic Sauce.
When you go to get the ingredients for the yogurt salad, it is advisable to go to the market early in the morning to get the freshest vegetables and herbs. This is a very easy to make salad.
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