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All-Purpose Marinade

(Not my photo and no provenance known, sorry!)

Lots to do again today. I’m interviewing an alts tailor for one, preparing for a dinner party tonight and another tomorrow.

I’ll leave you today with a nice little recipe that works very well for shrimp, chicken and/or pita bread.

The Easy and Elegant Life Quick All-Purpose Marinade.
1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil
Juice of two lemons
1 clove of garlic, crushed
1/2 onion, minced
1/2 red bell pepper minced
Salt, pepper
Generous dash of red pepper flakes
Teaspoon of dried oregano or a couple of stalk’s worth of fresh leaves.

Marinate shrimp or chicken for twenty minutes a side, if you’ve got the time. Brush some of the mixture on to the pita bread and toast or grill.

Heat a cast iron skillet to smokin’ hot. Cook the shrimp or chicken until it is done. Serve over orzo salad or a Greek salad. Or stuff the pita halves with lettuce, red onion, black olives, tomato and the meat/shellfish. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and red wine vinegar or lemon juice. Top with tzatziki* sauce for a quick souvlaki.

* 1 container of Greek yoghurt, 1/2 a grated cucumber, 1 crushed clove of garlic, salt, pepper, dash of olive oil, dash of lemon juice. Mix. This is the quick version. Drain the cucumber over night if you have the time.

10 thoughts on “All-Purpose Marinade

  1. For those of us not in the U.S., could you give the size of a “container” of Greek yoghurt.
    One cup (8 oz.)?

  2. Truly, you should bottle it and call it “Easy and Elegant” marinade. I could see an entire line of products designed by you. Thanks again for all your all-purpose tips. Life-saving, really.

  3. Slight conversion problem there.
    We’re talking about volume, not weight.
    6 fluid ounces = approx. 177.5 ml (cc)

  4. Sorry, wasn’t particularly gentlemanly of me. Attribute it to “projection” (psychology) . Have a wonderful evening.


  5. Jalapenos contain a lot more vitamin C than a full orange. Everyone who’s had hot peppers understands that they also clear nasal passages and lung congestion, and cleanse via perspiration!

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