Friday, July 31, 2009

you say kebab, I say kabob

Last week I made the best kebabs ever. Apparently, I am the only
one on the planet who spells it "kabob". Anyway, I served them
with chili-lime corn on the cob and grilled pita bread with roasted
pepper and walnut spread. You guessed it. Yum-o. In fact, I'm
picking up some more flat iron steak and pitas to make them again
this weekend. Huge, huge hit at the manor.

Cumin-Scented Beef Kebabs

1/4 cup olive oil
2 Tbsp finely chopped oregano
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp cayenne
2 lb sirloin flap steak or flatiron steak, cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces

Mix all ingredients, add meat and marinate, chilled, at least 2 hours.
Thread on skewers and grill. Easy peasy.

Chili-Lime Corn on the Cob

Cook fresh corn in boiling water for 5 minutes. Pour off water and
add butter to hot pot. Return corn and coat. Sprinkle with salt,
pepper, chili powder and a squeeze of fresh lime. HEAVEN!!

Roasted Red Pepper and Walnut Spread

2 8 oz jars roasted red peppers, drained (okay, my sauce is yellow
since I only had roasted yellow peppers on hand)
1 cup coarse fresh bread crumbs (from baguette)
1 cup walnuts
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp cumin
1/8 tsp cayenne
1/4 olive oil

Puree all except oil in food processor until almost smooth.
With motor running, add oil in a slow stream until incorporated.

Can be made ahead and refrigerated. In fact, I thought it was
even better the next day. Fabulous with the kebabs, as well as
grilled garlic and oregano pita breads.


  1. hi willow, amazing!!! yes i'll be grocery shopping tomorrow and taking a day off my vegetarian routine! this looks spectacular and has everything i love in it. thanks for sharing willow!!! steven

  2. They spell them kabob in OK as it drives me nuts, especially as I used to be a partner in a Turkish KEBAB shop! These look yummuy.

  3. Ooh, always looking for something new; the 'kabobs' are on the menu next week!

  4. in my neck of the woods we spell it kabob as well. maybe it's a hoosier thing? your look delicious!

  5. Ina and Rachel spell it kabob!
    However you spell it, they look delish!

  6. seriously willow, this is abusive. how am i supposed to go to bed feeling this way...looks, smells delicious.

  7. Holy Moly, Willow. It's my birthday and I'm just about willing to cook for myself just to have this. THANK YOU for the recipes. This one will be made in its entirety.

  8. Robynn, Happy Birthday, Lady!! Are you serving cyber cake over at your place? I must pop over...

  9. Betsy, well, if Ina and Rachel spell it "kabob", then I guess I can, too, huh?

  10. I've always said Kabob, and these look and sound amazing! Cant wait to try them!

  11. Delish! Time to enjoy summer with a Greek touch.

  12. I say Kabob, and after two weeks of fast food, pizza, and frozen TV dinners, that meal just looks heavenly.

  13. That looks like a good recipe : I will pass it on to Isobel who has started collecting recipes again.

  14. Hi Willow

    thanks for the lovely pepper walnut idea

    Happy days

  15. OMG! I'm sitting here with my taste buds leaping about like jiminie! That looks, sounds - and I'm sure smells - the absolute pinnacle of a perfect weekend feast. Thank you so much, Willow, I now know what to feed the hungry hoards on Sunday. Bless you for sharing those stunning recipes. Sheer deliciousity!

  16. Why does this stuff look good enough to eat? Won't it be wonderful when digital cameras captures smells as well as pictures. Then my mouth will really water when I come over and ...

  17. i'm not 100% sure but I think they call it kabob in Armenia, possibly Georgia, too. it definitely looks delicious on your pics!

  18. Hello Weaver,

    I thought we had managed to convert you into a "kebab" person but I see you've got other "kebobs" ganging up here! It just makes me think of the word "nabob", which is altogether different!

    Good job it's lunch time again.

  19. We've got some cob corn in the freezer( checking spices... ); this sounds drooliscious( if that isn't a word, it is now )HA!

  20. It looks amazing... thanks for the great recipe!

  21. Oh now I'm hungry!!! That spread must be great. Great recipes!

  22. You're making me hungry and I just had breakfast.

    I love anything with cumin, oh and chili lime flavored corn on the cob? Oh my god. You're killin' me, Willow!

  23. Mercy me oh my, that does look scrumptious! I'll have to show wife this recipe.

  24. Alright, I'm now officially starving. I can't tell you how hungry this post has made me!

  25. Oh, sorry Barry, I didn't mean to agravate your situation, dear friend.

  26. I have copied out those recipes - and shall convert them to English measures and then have a go. Thanks for that.

  27. I have copied out those recipes - and shall convert them to English measures and then have a go. Thanks for that.

  28. Oh my, Willow, that sounds delicious! :)

    ...there's a new recipe posted on my blog this morning that you might enjoy also. ;)

    Have a great day!

  29. Whatever the spelling, that meal just looks scruptious! Oh, to have a grill, or a garden in which to have a grill....

  30. That looks incredible. Yumm. I don't know if i have ever spelled Kabab/bob in fiact!! :) I think I too would have written the latter.

  31. Tomayto, tomahto!! How folks can get their knickers in a twist about pronounciation and nomenclature! Bobs or Babs, yours look delicious! That flatiron steak is so good whole, too, and cooked on a high heat on the grill for 4 minutes a side and sliced into chunks. Poor Man's Chateaubriand is what we call it that way! Seasoned simply as the meat is so darned, well... meaty! Love your corn on the cob seasoning idea -- yum-oh, indeed!

  32. YUM!!!!! Going to have a go at this. Will get you know how YUMMY they are...

  33. Your blog is fantabulous! I just had to tell you :) I popped over from Carol's at The Writer's Porch. I am so very glad that I did!

    Happy weekend to you!


  34. I guess there's two people now on the face of the Earth that spells it kabob, because I DO TOO! Love the blog always!

  35. My son is called Bob so I am going to make these over the weekend just for him.

  36. Stunning images with amazing recipes.
    This appetizing and stunning looks expands a perfume that gives me an appetitte.
    Excellent recipe for this period of vacation here in Lisbon.
    Thanks for sharing these wonderful recipes.
    Regards, José Brito

  37. This looks delicious Willow. Been checking out some of your recent posts and catching up.

    Blogging book interesting. I have had a book on blogging for some time but not that one. The trouble is that I am so busy blogging that I have not got to reading the book!

  38. Tomato, tomato. Kebab, kabob. It doesn't matter. What does matter is that once again you've uploaded one of my favourite foods. Although I have gone easy on kebabs in latter years. Especially after my former supervisor at the travel agency I at which I used to work, died of a heart attack. He was a kebab man and he was only ten years older than me. So, that episode made me a bit cautious about fat and its consequences. Still, a good kebab like the one you just described cannot be turned down. Excellent post and fantastic images. I'm not surprised it's been a hit in your house.

    Greetings from London.

  39. I would love that corn, I need to try it! Mulletish! I think not! LOL!

  40. Hola, Willow,
    I love to spread mayonnaise on my corn, then roll it in crumbled Cotija cheese, Mexican style. Add chile and lime.
    Dios mio de mi vida!

  41. yo, thanks for the recipe, I spell it kabob too, but I am from Texas.... so I don't know if that counts... I will try this while I am off next week....

    thanks Willow lady!

  42. You will have to count me in as spelling it kabob too...but the more I read about it and think about it the less sure I really am what I have been that a sign of aging?

    Lots of lovely flavors here, cumin, lime, chile...yummy!


Inject a few raisins of conversation into the tasteless dough of existence.
― O. Henry (and me)