I know, logically, that it’s not winter yet. I also know that I should stop whining about the fact that the seasons are changing and just embrace it, because it’s going to be a very long winter. But did anyone else notice that it was 30 degrees on Saturday? I mean, seriously? That’s BELOW FREEZING.
It’s times like these that many people say oooh, it’s chilly! Let’s light a fire! Let’s have soup! Sometimes I’m that person. Sometimes I can curl up in a heavy blanket with a bowl of thick, creamy, life-giving soup. And when I am in that mood, I’m so happy. But that’s usually like October 15. When by “change of season” I really mean “it’s 60 degrees out.” Not when it’s 30 degrees out. That’s when I close my eyes and try and magic myself somewhere tropical.
Unfortunately for me I have yet to successfully magic myself anywhere, which means that I have to resort to recreating some of my summer favorites inside my cold apartment. Take the shish kabob. A summertime favorite ’round the world. A combination of marinated meats and veggies all skewered and cooked over hot coals. How could you go wrong?!? You may be thinking that “cooked over hot coals” is the imperative phrase here, something tricky to recreate in the winter let alone in an apartment with no balcony or yard.
Wait for it… THE OVEN! Shish kabobs, marinated and placed on a rack, can be roasted in the oven with essentially the same results as a grill. I mean, you lose the grill flavor and the pass time of grilling things, but still- this means shish kabobs year round! You can vary the vegetables (and meats) that you use, but pretty much everything tastes good skewered. It’s the on-a-stick principle. That’s why fairs and renaissance festivals have the best food.
2/3 cup red wine vinegar
2/3 cup olive oil
4 tbsp honey
1 steak, cubed
1 white onion
1 green bell pepper
1 cup cherry tomatoes
1 cup mushrooms
1 cup tomatillos
Chop steak, onion, pepper, and eggplant. Put the steak in one bag and the veggies in another.
Use a food processor or immersion blender to combine the marinade ingredients. Pour half with the meat and half with the veggies. Marinate overnight.
Line a baking sheet with tin foil. Place a cooling rack on top. Stick different combinations of veggies and meat on skewers and line up on the rack. Roast at 400 for 15 minutes, or until meat is cooked. Let cool.