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Menu Plan for Summer II: Week 4, Saturday

Ham and Melon
Grilled Beef Kebabs
Basmati Rice

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

        This is a menu for 2 but easily expandable to serve a crowd.  Thoroughly coat all the ingredients in the marinade before assembling. Then you can refrigerate it all until ready. We're treating this as a summer picnic dinner, serving everything at once... Eat it however you choose... You could eat the melon and ham while the kebabs cook.

Melon with Ham

Total time: 10 minutes
       This is a very subjective starter for all its simplicity.  In Spain you would get 4 big wedges of a long, green melon somewhat similar to a honeydew but with a hint of watermelon.  When I would ask what kind of melon it was, I would get an incredibly blank stare and a "how can anyone be that stupid!" look, along with the answer "It's melon!".  The melon would be covered in Iberian, Serrano or Jabugo - types of Spanish dry-cured ham.  In France you will get a small, orange Provençal melon with Bayonne ham.  In Italy, a honeydew with Prosciutto.  Why am I telling you all of this you ask?   Because...

Melon with Ham Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Savory Beef Kebabs

Total time: 45 minutes
    These are best if prepared earlier in the day and allowed to soak up the flavors - plus it makes dinner a breeze!  By doing the meat and some of the vegetables separately you can cook the skewers for different times: allowing the onion to get done to your liking without overcooking the beef. 

Savory Beef Kebabs Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Yogurt Dipping Sauce

yogurt sauce Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Basmati Rice

Total time: 20 minutes
     Simple, fragrant, fluffy, quick-cooking ....for me, the perfect white rice for a side dish.

Basmati Rice Ingredients:

 Instructions:1

Note:  Vary the herbs based on the main course.  If fresh are available use 1 tbs, snipped or minced and add during the last 5 minutes of cooking time.

Cooking Schedule: 45 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
scissors,
medium bowl, small saucepan, lid, small
bowl, skewers, plate for holding stuff while
working, barbecue grill

Soak skewers in warm water
Mix ingredients for marinade in medium bowl
Cut beef, add to marinade, stir to coat
Clean mushrooms, add to marinade, stir gently
Cut onion
Slice zucchini (courgette)
Cut peppers
Snip herbs
Make yogurt sauce, refrigerate
When ready:
If cooking immediately, light/turn on barbecue grill

Remove meat and mushrooms from marinade
Put onion, pepper, zucchini in marinade, to coat
Thread meat, mushrooms, tomatoes on skewers
Thread onion, pepper, zucchini on skewers
Either cook or refrigerate
To finish: Melt butter for basmati
Sauté basmati
Add stock, herbs to basmati, cover, simmer
Put vegetable kebabs on grill, indirect heat
Clean, slice melon
Arrange melon, ham on plates or platter
Turn vegetable kebabs, move over direct heat
Put meat kebabs on grill, direct heat
Get Yogurt sauce from fridge
Fluff rice
Remove kebabs when done to your liking
Serve all... Happy Summer

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