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Menu Plan for Summer I: Week 12, Saturday

Fresh Tomato and Garlic Soup
Teriyaki Turkey Kebabs with Sesame Couscous

Cooking time:  45 minutes for menu          Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

       More kebabs before the end of the season: a variation on the traditional with an Asian twist.

Fresh Tomato and Garlic Soup

Total time: 35 minutes
    Hot soup, perfect for cooler fall evenings but, with garden fresh tomatoes, still has the flavors of summer.  I used vermicelli, but any small pasta would work.  Or you could use spaghetti, breaking it into 1" (2.5cm) lengths.

Fresh Tomato and Garlic Soup Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Note: To peel tomatoes blanch in boiling water for 30 seconds, then plunge into cold water.  Peels should slip off easily.

Teriyaki Turkey Kebabs

Total time: 45 minutes
    Do the longer-cooking vegetables on separate skewers so everything is done at the same time.  These kebabs have an oriental flavor and are served with Warm Peanut Sauce rather than Yogurt Sauce.

Turkey kebabs Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Sesame Couscous

Total time: 15 minutes 
      Sesame seeds and oil put a different twist on the standard couscous. Show with Turkey Kebabs.

Sesame Couscous Ingredients:

 Instructions:

To toast sesame seeds:  Put them into a dry, nonstick skillet over medium heat.  Toss or stir them about in the pan until lightly golden, about 5 minutes.

Cooking Schedule: 45 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
scissors, medium bowl, large bowl, 2 small
saucepans, lid, skewers, barbecue  grill and tools,
medium skillet if toasting sesame seeds, foil or
plate to cover couscous
Soak skewers if wood
Put Teriyaki sauce in large bowl
Cut turkey, add to bowl
Trim mushrooms, add to bowl
Cut zucchini, add to bowl
Cut pepper, add to bowl
Cut onion, add to bowl, set all aside to marinate
Put water on high heat for tomatoes
Peel garlic
Chop onion
Sauté onion, garlic for soup
Snip all herbs

Blanch tomatoes, 30 seconds
Peel, chop tomatoes, add to onions
Toast sesame seeds if needed
Add stock, pasta to tomatoes, cover, simmer
Heat stock, peanut butter for couscous  
Make peanut sauce, keep warm
Light/turn on barbecue grill
Stir soup
Assemble skewers
Put couscous in bowl, add stock, cover
Finish soup
Start to cook vegetable skewers
Ladle soup into bowls, garnish, serve
    Don't forget to check vegetable skewers
Done?  Move vegetables off direct heat
Start to cook turkey skewers
Finish couscous, arrange on platter
Remove skewers, arrange on couscous
Serve, Warm Peanut Sauce on side

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