It’s game time again. So what shall I have my friends and family feast on while they are watching the Football game? May be something that matches the raw passionate energy in my living room, has the fire power and deliciousness of a touchdown and is juicier than the remarks of the commentators! May be the Lemon grass infused Salmon and Pineapple kebabs with heat from Korean chilies and a good smokiness from dried ancho peppers.
The secret is the glaze. The flavor is the glaze. And the fun is in the glaze. Once you have the glaze ready, you can put this together in moments. Bring out the wine and set out the plates while the salmon and pineapple kebabs are grilling and then sit back and enjoy game time. You will however hear, “oh this is so good” between all the cheering on and ‘telepathic’ game strategies that boys always have to send to their favorite teams. It is all good when the food you cook reflects the feelings, the joy and the warmth that you have for people for whom you are cooking. In the end, the happy smiles and making memories is all that matters. Food helps make those memories more memorable and thats why we have the Football food tradition.
It is something my daughter waits for and asks about during the week and sometimes even puts in her requests. Given a choice she would love chicken wings with buffalo sauce every single day, but does not complain if there is some form of protein involved.
At first she thought salmon and pineapple kebabs were “too fancy” for football, but after eating a couple of skewers she agreed they were football food. What’s not to like about kebabs with hot and sweet glaze eaten straight from skewers?