#179: Iraq

Music City was where I found myself last week. In the midst of humidity warnings and harmonious live acts, the Grand Ole Opry and the Patsy Cline Museum were obligatory stops on my long weekend in Nashville. Did you know though, that Nashville is the bachelorette capital of the East? They actually call this place “Nash-Vegas” and you will literally see hoards of gals running around town in matching t-shirts and getting into mischief. It’s a spectacle for sure. I never really understood the Bachelorette thing, but those ladies sure looked like they were having a good time. OHHHH, and lest I get ahead of myself and am remiss in mentioning the BBQ, that was out of this world. Spicy chicken might never be the same to me now.

THE DINNER: While I was away, L tackled Iraq by making some kebabs and chicken of her own. Not the Nashville Hot Chicken I was tucking into, but a Middle Eastern version of the grilled meat. This is called “Shish Tawook” where “shish” is “to skewer” and “tawook” means the cluck cluck meat part (read: Chicken). Common marinades for these babies are yogurt and tomato puree, and we did the later. Veggies range from onion to peppers to other meats and typically it’s whatever is available and seasonal. They’re a huge communal tie for Middle Eastern countries…. you bring everyone together to grab a skewer and you can feed a hungry crowd quickly and deliciously. It’s street food with a family flair.

Iraqi Shish Tawook Recipe: https://fastpaleo.com/recipe/middle-eastern-shish-tawook/

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OVERALL COUNTRY SCORE:

Ease of prep and cooking: 2 STARS out of 5 STARS for this meal!
Not too tricky slight of hand here. The time for marinading will add to your schedule, but it’s not like you have baby sit it. The art of grilling chicken comes into play as well, since I happen to find that a hard undertaking personally. In order to cook it all the way but not dry it out, you need a little skill that lucky for me, my mom possesses. The last bit is obviously the assembly which is labor intensive. All around no conversions or metrics!

Best dish of all time scale: 4 STARS out of 5 for this meal!! 
If we are really being honest, there’s nothing particularly exciting about kebabs. That’s not to say they aren’t yummy, satisfying and hearty- it’s just that they’re not memorable. That’s there we landed with this dish. Marinade was simple and added some tomato acidity to the chicken. Fresh parsley stole the show. It was light and summery and overall nailed down a 4/5 stars. No one was disappointed here.

Let’s make sure to drink lot of water and be thankful for the rain we got this last weekend as we venture into the week of our annual Women’s Blast Cup! Excited for some new faces and old faces and all the soccer!! #180 and #181 is going to take us to the island of Antigua and Barbuda!

 Cheers! 
– L & K

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