I might not have picked up a copy of Nadia G's Bitchin' Kitchen Cookbook: Rock Your Kitchen-And Let the Boys Clean Up the Mess , given that I'm such a prim & proper lady...okay, perhaps not, but even if you are, the book is funny, cool and the recipes are fantastic, so give it a go. You'll be glad you did.
But let me back up a bit. Last weekend I was attending the Eat Real Eat Local Foodblogger Panel, which was terrific. More about that at another time, but just by visiting the site (don't skip the intro for some astonishing food stats) and pledging to commit to prepare, buy and eat more locally grown foods, Hellmann's will donate to the Evergreen Foundation - 100,000 actions=$25,000 to their projects.
One of the participants, Angelique writes for the Bitchinkitchen.tv blog and she gave us each a copy. Naturally, I have every pasta dish bookmarked for a Presto Pasta Night entry....plus a whole lot more.
This time, though, I wanted to make the "Spicy Beef Kebabs with Mint". It sounds awesome and the photo looks good enough to lick off the paper. Here was my dilemma though
ONE: it's Spring and there's nothing like Spring lamb from Nova Scotia and coming right off of the panel where everyone agreed that the fresher and closer to home, the better the food tastes...well, that plus the sprig of mint sitting on what I know as tzatziki (Nadia calls it Mint Sauce - and it is and anyway...she's way to cool to argue with. She might even get her very muscled boys to come after me...but I digress). Bottom line...the photo made me opt for lamb.
TWO: when we moved from Toronto and sold the barbecue, we also had a garage sale and sold the skewers I rarely used anyway...and since we don't have a place for a bbq (no lawn, no porch, no terrace, no balcony...see where I'm going with this?) I didn't replace them.
THREE: my original intention was to mold the lamb around the skewers (like Nadia G suggests) and then I was going to serve them in a pita pocket with the tzatziki. Good idea, even as a burger, but the problem was it all disintegrated when we put the burger in the too big pita pocket, which was also too thin, so the "sauce" made it all fall apart. Nadia and the gang would be laughing their asses.... oh, right I don't talk like that! Good thing we had buns!
I will be trying the real deal out at my daughter & son-in-law's, after all they do have a brand new bbq and I'll even splurge for the skewers. The taste, after we stopped laughing - awesome!