Something on a Stick Day
Word of the Week
Shish Kebab (sh-ish-kuh-bob): Pieces of marinated meat or vegetables that are cooked and served on skewers. The term comes from the Turkish words sis, meaning "skewer", and kebap, meaning "roast meat."
So nice of you to join me again. If the title of this week's blog didn't give it away, allow me to explain a little more. Sunday, March 28th is Something on a Stick Day! Woohoo! It's the perfect day to have a little fun with your food and to get a little creative. What a silly, but neat neat activity for both the first day of Passover and Palm Sunday.
So. . .where on earth did this holiday come from? That's the million dollar question. I did a little digging. Then I did a little more digging, but I came up empty handed. Maybe someone who was really, really passionate about fun food made it up! That's my theory, and I'm sticking to it. Get it? I did find a pretty interesting timeline I wanted to share with you. Check this out!
Pretty nifty, right? Can you think of any other foods that come on a stick? The timeline covered the basics - popsicles, corn dogs, shish kebab. What else are we forgetting?
How about cotton candy? Lollipops? Cake pops? Hmmm. . .really anything can be served on a stick if you use your imagination.
What's so special about eating something on a stick? For one, you have an extra hand free to do anything while you nibble away! Sometimes, these foods leave less of a mess for us to clean up. Isn't that the dream?
Allow me to share a very favorite recipe that our good family friend, Samer, shared with us. It's easy, DELICIOUS, fast, and what he calls it is my favorite.
Rockin' Moroccan Chicken Kebabs
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp tumeric
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp cardamom
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1/8 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp brown sugar
Cube one pound of boneless chicken breast. Place in baggie, pour spice mix into bag, and shake! Massage into chicken to coat well. In a bowl, cut up onions and peppers, drizzle a little olive oil, add salt and pepper to taste, and mix well. Assemble your kebabs however you like! Throw them on the grill and ENJOY.
Trust me, you will thank me for this recipe. I like to make a bigger batch of the spice mix to keep on hand. It makes for a speedy dinner!
Now. . .on to dessert! No fancy recipe for you this time. Take some favorite fruits, put them on a skewer, and drizzle with chocolate. You might get something like this. . .
So have some fun, and celebrate this silly holiday with your loved ones. It's guaranteed to make you smile and think of summer time!