Vegetable oil
Soy sauce 
Oregano flakes 
Garlic powder or fresh garlic, minced 
Freshly ground black pepper 
Onion, minced
2 1/2 lbs beef  
Green bell peppers 
Medium or cherry tomatoes 
Boiling onions (or medium red onions)

Cut  beef into 1 1/2 inch cubes. Combine remaining ingredients to make a marinade. Place cubes in a Ziploc bag with marinade and refrigerate for several hours or overnight, turning occasionally.

When ready to barbecue, soak wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes to keep them from scorching (or use metal ones which have been brushed with oil).

Prepare vegetables: quartered small or whole white boiling onions, whole mushrooms, cherry tomatoes or quartered tomato wedges and thick wedges of green pepper. Dip vegetables in oil before threading onto skewers alternating between meat cubes.

Broil over hot charcoal coals or in a 400°F gas grill or in the broiler of your oven for about 10 minutes; turn and broil for about 10 minutes on the other side or until done.

Serve over hot fluffy rice, on a bed of fresh lettuce leaves, or with buttered, grilled buns or pita pockets and fresh lettuce leaves for sandwiches. A leafy green salad is a wonderful accompaniment to shish-kabob.
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Mkate Wa kiportugues (Portuguese Sweet Bread)

They often prepared this recipe around the Easter season, but I like it and cook at anytime!


1 1/4 cups very warm milk
1 cup sugar
1 stick unsalted butter (room temperature)
1 teaspoon salt
2 packages active dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
3 eggs, beaten
5-6 cups all purpose flour
12 uncooked eggs (in shell)
1 egg
1 teaspoon water


Mix one cup of very warm milk (should feel slightly warm when a drop is placed on the inside of your wrist) with 1 cup sugar, 1 stick of unsalted butter and 1 teaspoon of salt in the bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment.
Sprinkle the yeast over the remaining warm milk (in a separate bowl or cup). Add 1 teaspoon sugar. Stir until dissolved. Set aside until yeast is bubbly, about 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, beat eggs until foamy; add eggs and yeast mixture to milk/butter/sugar mixture.
Beat in 5 cups of flour, gradually adding 1 cup at a time until a soft dough forms. Change to dough hook.
Knead 5-8 minutes with machine. Turn out onto a clean work surface and continue to knead by hand 1-2 minutes, until dough is smooth.
Butter or oil the inside of a non-metallic bowl and place dough inside, turning over once so that dough is coated and won't dry out. Cover with a clean damp towel or plastic wrap, then place in a warm place, free from any drafts.
Allow to rise for about 90 minutes, or until doubled in bulk. Punch dough down.
Turn out, again, onto a clean work surface. Divide dough evenly into 12 round pieces and form buns 3/4 inch thick. Arrange on 2 buttered cookie sheets.
Make a hollow depression in the center of each with the back of a tablespoon. Press an uncooked egg, gently into the depression. Roll remaining dough into two long thin log shapes and cut into 12 pieces (each). Form each into a thin strip, 6 inches in length. Place two strips over each egg, in criss-cross fashion, being sure to tuck in the ends under the bun.
Allow to rise again for about 45-90 minutes or until doubled in bulk (depends on the temperature in the room).
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Beat an egg with 1 teaspoon of water to make a wash; use mixture to gently brush tops of risen buns.
Cover loosely with aluminum foil and bake for 15 minutes or til golden. Remove to wire rack to cool. Brush lightly with melted butter.