Shrimp Kabobs with Masala Corn and Peas Orzo

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Since summer is here now and the temps are in the 80’s here is a perfect menu for the grill.

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Shrimp Kabobs
Ingredients
2 lbs shrimp, shelled and deveined
1 large red Onion
2 zucchini or squash
Cherry tomatoes, if you like them
Marinade:
2 tbs olive oil
1 tsp chili pdr
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp black pepper
3 tbs lemon juice
Salt to taste
Mix all marinade ingredients and add to shrimp. Cut veggies into large chunks and add to shrimp. Refrigerate for a minimum of 15 mts.
Soak wooden skewers in water for 15 mts. Skewer shrimp and veggies.
Place on hot grill for 15 mts and turn until cooked.

Grilled Masala Sweet Corn
Husked corn- marinate with olive oil, salt, chili pdr,
Grill for 10 mts, turning frequently

Peas Orzo
Ingredients:
2 cups dry orzo pasta
4 tbs butter
1 tbs olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp red chili flakes
1 cup frozen peas
Salt to taste
Method:
Boil 8 cups water in large pot. Add some salt and add Orzo. Cook for 5-8 mts and drain when cooked.
Set aside.
Heat oil and butter in a sauce pan. Add garlic, red chili flakes, peas and salt. Add cooked orzo and toss.

Serve kabobs on a bed of orzo.

Cuisine of Spain and Portugal

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I have not posted anything in awhile because I was away on vacation. We spent 10 days in Spain and Portugal. In Spain we visited Madrid, Granada, Seville and Salamanca. In Portugal we visited the southern Algarve region which included Vilamoura, Almancil, then a visit to Fatima, Avila ending in Lisbon. The cobbled pathways of Algarve region, beautiful blue and white tiles adorning every house, the red tiled roofs and the beautiful monuments, palaces, churches and Plaza Mayors of these cities were breathtaking.
I was amazed at the miles and miles of olive farms and orange orchards. Oranges are used like lemons here in the US…in sweet and savory dishes.
We went to a family run olive oil farm and saw how they processed olive oil.Also visited a Salt flat and saw the processing of Flor de Sal ( the highest grade of table salt). We drank Bica (shot size cup of pure coffee) café con leche and the famous Portuguese egg tarts (I will try to recreate this later and share the interesting history behind them in another post)
Here are some dishes we had. Paella, grilled fish, tapas, lots of Spanish Sangria and wines.

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