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Memorial Day Weekend in Numbers

Hello! How was your long weekend? Mine was an absolute blast, filled with friends and delicious food.

I haven’t done a weekend in numbers post in awhile, so I thought it would be a fun way to round up the weekend.

 

2: Inches cut off my hair on Friday. I was in desperate need of a haircut and I feel so much better (and lighter!) now. Erin, my hair stylist, has the sweetest dog, Gracie, who she sometimes brings to the salon. Gracie recently stayed with us when Erin went out of town, so she was especially excited to see me on Friday, knowing that I would rub her belly nonstop.

Gracie

 

3: Slices of Stella Barra Margherita Pizza I ate on Friday night. This was the perfect way to kick off the long weekend! Not pictured: a shared arugula salad, glasses of rose, and the MASSIVE chocolate chip cookie that Travis bought me after the meal. My tummy was quite content.

Pizza

 

12: (approximate) number of times I told Travis to throw out this grey t-shirt over the years we’ve been dating. He’s had it since high school, but insisted on keeping it (despite the massive holes) because it was incredibly soft. Saturday morning he finally gave in to my wishes and agreed to get rid of it. He then proceeded to tear the shirt into shreds…which we both found way too amusing.

Shirt

Any other ladies out there have to convince their guys to get rid of old clothing? What is it that makes them so darn attached?

 

2: Bottles of champagne consumed by four of us ladies during brunch on Saturday morning. We went to Courtyard Kitchen in Santa Monica (which I’ve mentioned plenty of times on the blog), and I finally took advantage of their BYOB option (no corkage fee!). We all loved our meals and we had SO MUCH FUN together!

Brunch

 

20: Minutes waited in line to get into The Bungalow in Santa Monica after brunch. I’d say this was a record because sometimes it can take up to two hours! Personally, I could never wait that long to go anywhere, so I was glad our group decided to get there early to hop on line before the masses.

The Bungalow

 

1: Matcha Green Tea Latte made by me on Monday afternoon. It was my first time making one at home and it was a great afternoon pick-me-up.

Matcha Green Tea

 

1/4: Pound burger grilled on Monday evening. I ate my burger on a gluten-free bun with caramelized onions, homemade date ketchup and guacamole. We also enjoyed some charred broccoli and pinot noir on the side. What a perfect way to cap off such a fun weekend!

Burger

 

How was your MDW? Did you grill? Tell me one delicious thing you ate!

Grilling Poultry

Grilled Chicken Kebabs with Cilantro and Garam Masala

This is my favorite chicken marinade. It makes boring old boneless, skinless chicken breasts so juicy and flavorful. I’ve been making these Chicken Kebabs with Cilantro and Garam Masala for awhile now (even before I had a grill and only used my grill pan).

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I bought my first jar of Garam Masala back in college when I was making an authentic Indian dish. For a long time it sat behind all of my spices because I couldn’t find much use for it.

I obviously wasn’t thinking creatively enough because Garam Masala can add so much flavor and good “spice” to a dish (I put spice in quotes there because when used in small amounts it certainly does not make your food too hot). If you take a big whiff, you get hints of cinnamon, cumin, and garlic. This jar has slowly crept to the front of my spices and gets a lot more love these days.

It is definitely worth acquiring a jar of Garam Masala for this recipe.

Grilled Chicken Kebabs with Cilantro, Garlic, and Garam Masala ll The perfect summertime grilling recipe that everyone loves! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

This recipe is adapted from one of my favorite cookbooks, America’s Test Kitchen: The New Best Recipe. It can also be used on lamb, so it’s really quite versatile.

Grilled Chicken Kebabs with Cilantro, Garlic, and Garam Masala ll The perfect summertime grilling recipe that everyone loves! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

I typically eat these kebabs with some combination of hummus, tzatziki, brown rice, grilled veggies, etc.

Grilled Chicken Kebabs with Cilantro, Garlic, and Garam Masala ll The perfect summertime grilling recipe that everyone loves! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

If you marinate the chicken the night before or even in the morning before work, it makes weeknight dinners a total breeze! Just throw these skewers on the grill and you are good to go!

Grilled Chicken Kebabs with Cilantro, Garlic, and Garam Masala ll The perfect summertime grilling recipe that everyone loves! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

 

Grilled Chicken Kebabs with Cilantro, Garlic, and Garam Masala
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • ½ cup packed fresh cilantro leaves, rinsed
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • juice of 1 lemon (about 1.5 Tablespoons)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon Garam Masala
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1.5" cubes***
  • 7-8 metal skewers (or bamboo skewers soaked in water for at least 30 minutes before grilling)
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients besides the chicken in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Process until smooth for about 30 seconds. Stop the blade, remove the lit and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Return the lid and process again for an additional 20-30 seconds until the ingredients are well blended.
  2. Place the chicken cubes in a medium bowl and pour the cilantro mixture over the chicken. Mix around to thoroughly cover the chicken with the marinade. Cover the bowl and place it in the fridge to marinate for at least an hour (the longer the better - overnight is the best).
  3. Remove the chicken from the fridge. Skewer the pieces onto the metal or bamboo skewers, making sure to leave a small amount of space between the chicken pieces (you do not want the chicken pieces to touch to ensure the flame from the grill can reach all sides of the pieces). Grill uncovered on medium heat until the meat is well browned all over, about 8 minutes.
Notes
**Alternatively you can cut the chicken as cutlets and cook the pieces on a grill pan or skillet without the skewers.
 

Grilled Chicken Kebabs with Cilantro, Garlic, and Garam Masala ll The perfect summertime grilling recipe that everyone loves! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com