(Almost) summertime (and the livin’ is easy)

June 6, 2007 on 6:21 pm | By | In Food Musings | 5 Comments

gin & tonicNow that I have time to sit down and write this the weather has turned to gray and cold, but this weekend you could swear summer had arrived — 80+ degrees and cloudless skies. Perfect grilling weather!

I was thumbing through one of my cooking mags and saw an article on lamb kabobs. Although I didn’t use that recipe, my taste buds were certainly piqued. I was still feeling rather creaky from Saturday’s half marathon, so I decided to take it easy. My marinade was a simple combo of fresh oregano from our garden, a touch of lemon juice, salt, pepper, loads of minced garlic and some extra virgin olive oil. I let the lamb marinate for about an hour, but if you have the time, go ahead and keep it in longer. I then threaded the lamb onto skewers with pieces of red onion and grilled ’em up.

I kept the side dishes easy as well. I tossed some orzo pasta with some of the fresh oregano, along with some red and yellow roasted bell peppers, toasted pine nuts and some shredded parmesan. My darling picked some lettuce from our front yard (it’s the sunniest place!), and I tossed it with garbanzo beans, red onion, tomatoes and a dijon vinaigrette.

Our tiki deck called out to us, so after dusting it off we sat down with our meal and some rosemary-infused gin & tonics. Now THIS is what I call good living!

lamb kabobs

5 Comments

  1. Oh Betsy,
    Make some for me!

    Comment by Kim Rogers — June 7, 2007 #

  2. I will, sistah! (I’ll have to let the gin steep a bit more; it was only just subtly flavored with rosemary).

    Comment by ovens2betsy — June 7, 2007 #

  3. No kidding…how great to kick back with a meal like that! The lamb looks fab!

    Comment by Culinary Cowgirl — June 7, 2007 #

  4. Hey Betsy,
    I can’t wait tosee what you have planned for goodies at my wedding reception.
    We’re going to have a Rogers cook-off at my house on Friday the 29th. I’ll try to let you sleep in a bit!
    I have a boatload of Rhubarb from work so if you have any great recipes let me know.
    Love, Sistah Kim-binga

    Comment by Binga — June 14, 2007 #

  5. Heck — I can’t wait to see what I have planned 😉

    Comment by ovens2betsy — June 14, 2007 #

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