şiş kebabıs

31Dec07

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Hello. My name is Amy and I am a recovering gamer. Growing up with 3 brothers, I’ve played my fair share of video games-playing Super Mario over and over again, punching buttons to their death trying to do combos on Street Fighter, throwing barrels on Donkey Kong, etc . I never thought I would revisit that period in my life, but it has arrived. I would like to play Wii.


If you can imagine four 20-something adults playing tennis with neither rackets or balls on living room carpet, accusing our own team mates of “sucking ass” and “ruining it for the both of us”, you’ve pretty much summarized my Saturday night. Four player Wii tennis is a new favorite of mine. I know..how could a video game possibly be a sufficient substitute for a sport that requires peak athleticism and agility and leaves you dripping with sweat. Because Wii tennis is no joke. Side effects include Carpal Tunnel, Tennis Elbow, wine soaked carpet, rug burns, and 3 inch sized dents in nearby walls. The console can detect the motion of your Wii remote, whether you’re serving or hitting a forehand. It can detect if you’ve hit too far to the left or too early. I was a bit doubtful of the console’s infrared detection, but the fierce accuracy of my unreturnable forehands convinced me otherwise.

why suck at sports when you can pretend to kick ass?
Carlo and Arbi in a “boxing” match before dinner.

Don’t be ridiculous. That’s not all we did! Saturday night was also bbq night. I decided to make my Peruvian Chicken Shish Kabobs. This marinade is super easy and a great way to dress up those boring chicken breasts for the weeknight meal.

Peruvian Chicken Marinade

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup white wine vinegar

1/4 cup lemon juice

1 tbspn (hot) paprika

1/4 tspn ground cumin (if you have whole cumin seeds, lightly fry the 1/4 tspn of seeds in your vegetable oil to release the cumin’s flavor)

1 1/2 tspns Tumeric

Salt & Pepper to taste

8 cloves of garlic, minced

chopped parlsey

However much chicken you have on hand, cut into cubes. Comfortably marinates about 1 1/2 lbs of chicken.

Skewers soaked in water for at least 30 minutes (so they don’t burn on the grill)

sittin and marinatin
Combine all ingredients and let chicken marinate in the fridge for at least 2 hours or up to 4 hours (longer and you’ll have oil saturated chicken).

Skewer away.

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If you are using the grill, please be careful of flare ups as the chicken has been marinating in oil. Or at least have someone watch it from afar so you don’t have to hear, “Carlo. Your grill is on fire.”

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Thank you Carlo for dinner. And thank you Arbi for being my doubles partner and making me the star player.

p.s. If you’re in LA and haven’t tried Peruvian food, I suggest you check out Mario’s Peruvian & Seafood or El Pollo Inka. Get the popular Lomo Saltado, a Peruvian stirfry of your choice of meat (beef), onions, and fried potatoes. It’s greasy as hell, but its worth a taste, especially after a night of drinking.

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One Response to “şiş kebabıs”

  1. 1 caroline

    Hey Amy. Sigh your cooking. I miss it. Those chicken look good and there’s an OK Peruvian place in Burbank too called Choza Mama. & I love WII.


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