Chicken Kabobs with Rice Pilaf and Yogurt Salad

 Cuisnart RotisserieRecipes in this Post

From Other Posts

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.

Continue reading

Curried Chicken Roll-Ups with Cucumber Tomato Salad

Recipes in this post

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.

Recipes

Curried Chicken Roll-ups

Ingredients

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

Directions

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.

Cucumber Salad

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.

Ingredients

— 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

Directions

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.

Enjoy!


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.

Spane’s Breakfast Parfait – Mother’s Day, 2011

I love you so much. You are my heart. Thank you for spending time with me.
Love, Spane

Being the mother of a small child can make you crazy when you have asked your child to do something three times, and they look at you like you have two heads.  But, when your child says “Mommy, I’m sleeping in the living room tonight so I can make breakfast for you for Mother’s Day”, your heart melts.  And, when you wake up the next morning, and discover that your child with the help of your room mate, has set a formal table and has breakfast all prepared, well, your heart just explodes with joy.

My son, Spane, got up at 5:00 this morning, and with Maria’s help, he cleaned up the living room, then they set the table together, put fresh flowers on the table, put the card he had made at my place setting, put my presents from our room mate, Maria, on my desk, and then, finally went back to sleep exhausted until I got him up at 7:30am.

He didn’t feel too good when I woke him up, so he asked me to please help myself to coffee, and he would get up in a little while to make breakfast. I was shocked when I saw the lovely table.  Last night, I made a pot of coffee and left it on the counter – Maria didn’t know I have a coffee service, so I put the coffee in that, and grabbed my camera to take pictures.

breakfast014
Rolo sitting patiently waiting for breakfast – Her cat door is seen in this picture.

breakfast009
Spane’s place setting – with Rolo sitting in Spane’s chair.

breakfast010
My place setting with the "Transformer" card!

breakfast007
Flowers fresh from the garden

breakfast001
The complete table

breakfast012
A long shot of the complete table

Shortly, Spane felt better and made me sit at my desk while he prepared breakfast.  We had cantaloupe, strawberries, toast with your choice of butter or Nutella, and Build Your Own Breakfast Parfait.  My “Transformer” card was an umbrella that opened up to be a lovely flower with a wonderful message, “I love you so much.  You are my heart.  Thank you for spending time with me.  Love, Spane” 

There cannot be any other Mother’s Day better than this one.  I love my son, I love my son!

Spane’s Build Your Own Breakfast Parfait

Ingredients

1 cup Plain Yogurt
1 tablespoon Sour cherry preserves, or fresh peach preserves
1/2 cup Muesli

Instructions

In a nice glass, or pretty bowl, put the yogurt, then the muesli, and finally top it with the preserves.

Armenian Delights!

Koobideh Kabob picture courtesy WikiPedia

Recipes in this Post

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.

We like Lula Kabob Burgers, also called Koobideh Kabob, yogurt salad, and herb rice. The yogurt salad always seems like a lot, but it goes very quickly.

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.
Continue reading