Looking out over our balcony, I get the feeling that we are inching ever closer to summer. Trees are now wearing lush green headdresses instead of sparse crowns of twigs. The grass is green and thanks to the gardeners always cut and lush. (the hubby has gone on record as not missing mowing in the least).
I’ve even ventured into the suburban farmer’s life by planting some things in our complex’s community garden. This large plot has been adopted by a dear woman named Lois. She is in her sophomore year in the garden and has sown quite an impressive variety of seeds, My meager contribution of tomatoes, peppers, spaghetti squash, and zucchini joined beans, carrots, onions, potatoes, and a mind-boggling variety of lettuce and greens.
While it is little more than a rectangle of dirt with colorful signs and a few sprouts, our typical weather pattern of rain and sun will transform it into something green, beautiful, and delicious in the coming weeks. I can hardly wait!
Our little grill on the balcony has been seeing a lot of action lately as we take advantage of the warmer weather. We are also experimenting to learn what it does best. These kabobs were a major success. Pre-cooked sausage and quick cooking veggies were the perfect match-up for the grill’s moderate heating abilities. Everything cooked together and there was even a distinct taste of the grill.
This dinner was a raid on the pantry, freezer and fridge. The various packages traveled from their homes and converged on the counter in vivid array. Mini tomatoes, crimini mushrooms, and zucchini joined red onion to create the kabobs. Farro, frozen chopped spinach, and roasted red peppers were simmered with chicken stock and garlic to create a toothsome side dish reminiscent of risotto. These simple ingredients resulted in 3 generous servings that made a wonderful dinner for two and a spectacular lunch for the cook.
The veggies marinated for the better part of the day in a simple vinaigrette. They joined the pre-cooked chicken sausage to create a patchwork quilt of colors on the skewers.
These took only a few minutes to cook so they waited in the wings while I made the farro. I’ve shared several farro adventures already and you know that it is one of my current favorites. This time I treated it like risotto. I sautéed it in some olive oil with a very generous amount of garlic then gradually added stock. I added spinach and roasted red peppers, both from the freezer. The whole process took about 35 minutes which as we all know is about the right amount of time to enjoy a glass of wine.
So, the kabobs took 20 minutes on the grill where they were frequently turned with love and basted with the vegetable marinade. Everything came together beautifully; a colorful and healthy dinner that hinted at the delights summer will soon deliver. I’m already looking forward to making this again, with a few homegrown veggies of my own.