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filled swiss brown mushrooms

filled swiss brown mushrooms

it’s been a while since I had a last bbq, think the last one being in July. And even then..fellow SAHM, D, and I swore off bbqs for a long while. Haha..seriously I think it is the lack of enthusiastic participants which made it hard for us to enjoy. Baah.

This time round, I suggested a bbq with my cousins. I was craving sausages, onions, red meat..etc. The works. It helped that my cousins were interested in more not-so-local kind of bbq. Of course we needed the stingrays, sotongs and satays. But we were cool without the chicken wings and hot dogs. We preferred the more gourmet kind of sausages, oh us young people with atas tastebuds. =P

Yours truly was in charge of marinating the meats and making a salad with some dressing on the side. Here was what I prepped:

1) chicken kebabs with morrocan seasoning
2) chicken kebabs marinated with olive oil & thyme (I forgot about the lemon juice..dammit)
3) beef eye round kebabs with salt & coarse ground black pepper
4) beef sukiyaki slices marinated with garlic, dried rosemary & olive oil
5) beef yakiniku slices marinated with salt & coarse ground black pepper
6) pork belly sukiyaki slices marinated in a bulgogi marinade
7) pork belly sukiyaki slices marinated in a kimchi marinade
8) mesclun lettuce, baby spinach & butterhead lettuce salad with pistachio, avocado & dried cranberries
9) balsamic vinegar & olive oil salad dressing
10) honey mustard & herb salad dressing
11) swiss brown mushrooms topped with garlic, mozarella cheese and chopped fresh italian parsley.

Phew. It took me two days to do all of that stuff, buying the groceries, marinating and skewering. I wish I took a picture of all that food..haha. And mind you, this was only what I prepped. There were also other food prepped by other cousins (or their moms..-_-” haha). The two things that caused me some grief was searching for a kimchi marinade recipe and a honey mustard and herb dressing that I would be happy with. See..I had a really really really good honey mustard & herb salad dressing when we were holidaying in Houston, TX. The recipe I was searching for had to be close enough to that taste..or what I remembered was that taste. Guess this salad dressing was good enough was my family was raving about it. It was still a tad tart for me, and I probably should have added a bit more honey and dijon mustard. Otherwise, it was still pretty good!

Here are the recipes for the both as adapted from their respective websites:

Kimchi meat marinade by sportsglutton


fresh kimchi (cabbage based)
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
2 tsp Korean hot pepper paste (gochu-jang)
1tbsp + 1tsp honey
1/2 juice of a lemon

Note: I did not add the lemon juice as I felt that the vinegar would have made the marinade tart enough. Also I added the kimchi when I was bbqing the pork belly slices on a tray rather than marinating it together.

Raw Honey Mustard Herb by Sara of Me, Redone


2 tbsp dijon mustard
1 tbsp raw honey
1 tsp Herbes de Provence (I used 1 tsp dried thyme & about 3-4 sprigs of fresh italian parsley)
1/2 cup white wine vinegar
1.5 cups extra virgin olive oil (I used normal olive oil)
1 pinch of salt
1 pinch of pepper

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