Today hubby and I worked almost all day long doing work around the house and trying to get rid of clutter (also known as spring cleaning). It's amazing how fast things accumulate, isn't it? I was so excited about grilling something for dinner tonight because our new grill was supposed to be delivered this morning, so in anticipation (and the assumption hubby would be able to put it together in time), I marinated beef last night to make Grilled Shish Kebabs for dinner this evening.
Hubby and I got up early this morning and decided to continue our "spring cleaning" while we excitedly awaited for our new grill to arrive. Our 2-hour delivery window came and went and the hours began ticking by. Initially we figured that they were just running behind, but after another 2 hours went by and we received a "follow-up" call asking us if we were pleased with our delivery service and happy with our grill (you know, the one we didn't get), we knew there was a problem, considering we hadn't received it or any calls saying they were running late and we were home so there was no chance we missed them. They actually called us last night telling us the delivery would be this morning between 10:00 and 12:00. Long story short, at 4:00 we got "the call" telling us there was a major mistake and that there was NO grill and that they had to special order it??? So, my enthusiasm for using the new grill today got totally squashed. We made our kebabs on the old grill which is on its last legs and doesn't heat evenly any more.
On the bright side, waiting all day forced us to work all day long in the house and while not fun, it was definitely needed. Both sons came for dinner this evening. I made rice for hubby and the boys to go with our kebabs. I initially planned to make cauli-rice (steamed grated cauliflower) for myself but at the last moment decided I didn't really want it. I ate the Shish Kebab as is and had one of my little cheese breadsticks with it that I made yesterday. It was a simple meal that is easy enough to make on a weeknight if you marinate the meat overnight. It takes 5 or 10 minutes to thread on skewers and then about 10-15 minutes to grill. I like to use metal skewers for cooking the meat and bamboo skewers for the veggies since they grip the veggies a little better. If you use bamboo skewers, make sure to soak the for 20-30 minutes so they don't burn while cooking the veggies. I snapped a few photos and included the easy recipe. Enjoy!
Grilled Shish Kebabs
1-1/2 to 2 pounds beef or lamb cut into 1-1/2-inch chunks (tenderloin, sirloin, etc.)
1 medium onion cut into 1-1/2-inch chunks
3 bell peppers, seeded and cut into 1-1/2-inch chunks
8 ounces whole mushrooms, cleaned and trimmed
1/4 cup olive oil
Juice of 2 large lemons
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped (or 1 tablespoon dried rosemary)
Salt and pepper, to taste
In a one-gallon Ziploc-type bag, combine beef, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper. Seal bag, removing as much air as possible. Place in refrigerator and marinate at least 8 hours or overnight. Remove from refrigerator and thread meat and vegetables on skewers. Grill for 10 to 15 minutes, turning frequently, or until desired doneness. Serve with cauli-rice, if desired.
You had a frustrating day waiting for your non-delivery, but enjoyed a great meal at the end of it ... not to mention the "bonus" of getting lots of work done. A pretty successful day, all things considered. I need to get with the Spring Cleaning program, too, but the problem is I'm a master procrastinator when it comes to that and, like a fine wine, I get better with age! :-)
Yes, it was pretty frustrating but they were so profusely apologetic that I couldn't be mad at them AND they voluntarily took $550 off the price of the grill they ordered me! Can you believe that??? I about fell on the floor. So in the end it turned out to be a good day after all. For such a big goof, they made up for it in a "ginormous" way. Love that "master procrastinator" improving with age -- I'll have to remember that! ;-)
WOW ... that *was* a successful day! :-)ReplyDelete
LOL CyberSis -- yes, I would say that it wasn't something I expected -- I didn't expect that my grill wouldn't come...and I surely didn't expect that I would be rewarded so handsomely for it not arriving! Maybe I need to order all new appliances for my kitchen and pray the don't show up? ;-)ReplyDelete