Kofta Kebabs with roasted vegetables and naan

…well, mostly anyway.  To date, I haven’t been able to keep them on the sticks.  I think it’s a combination of not kneading the meat mix enough and not waiting  long enough before turning.  Fortunately this makes for nice finger-food…

Karahi Chicken and naan

Karahi chicken is a highly aromatic stew (curry) that brings together tomatoes, chilies, and a nice cilantro ‘kick’.  It gets it’s name because, well, it’s cooked in a karahi (or kadai), which is a thick-walled stew pot common throughout the…

Yay!  Meat on a stick!  Except I don’t serve it on a stick.  Served here with a home-made lavash and a cucumber-mint dip.  It’s one of the ultimate finger-foods after pizza: tear off a bit of bread, grab some meat…

Beef Shawarma

This isn’t a real shawarma, because I don’t have one of those nifty vertical rotisseries.  This is a fairly common affliction among cooks, so we try and make do with what we have.   This version is straight-up grilled, though I…

So, there are two basic types of lavash: Armenian, and the more Middle-Eastern type.  So far as I can tell, the main difference is that the former uses baking powder, and the latter yeast, for leavening.  This recipe is for…

Shawarma is kinda like gyros (and later, Mexican al pastor), from the same origin dating back to the 17th/18th century Ottoman empire, though with different flavors.  Like it’s parent, the doner kebab, it traditionally it would be lamb on a…

Tahini sauce is one of those multi-purpose workhorses of the Middle Eastern world.  It’s heart is sesame (tahini) paste, and good as a complement for all things savory. This makes a rather lot of it, but it all gets eaten….

Dry taco seasoning

I loves me some fancy marinades, but sometimes it’s Tuesday night and I want tacos with a minimum of fuss.  This blend is made up of stuff everyone should have in their spice cabinet.  It works equally well with ground…

Pesto-Bacon Cheeseburger

Summertime….and the burgers’ easy…  Well it is. Despite it’s fancy-pants look, they’re pretty straight-forward.  There’s the extra step of making pesto, but don’t let it intimidate.  The patties are slider-style, which I like because they have onions in, and they…

Pesto

I love pesto.  More importantly, Kat loves pesto.  Thankfully, it’s super-easy and one batch makes for a couple of meals so long as my beloved wife doesn’t eat it all in the middle of the night….