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May 7, 2012. Home How-To's

Alyssa

Posted by Alyssa

Summer is finally upon us! With all the fun in the sun comes our Canadian love of patio parties. With some funky furniture and accessories, plus some fantastic recipes, you too can have a Moroccan-inspired patio party that will be the envy of all who attend!

Items shown: Zazi Cushion - purple, Mumbai Lantern, Rio Throw - orange, Amara Charger - purple, Tuk Patio Set, Cordelia Wine Glass - turquoise, Armstrong Tray - pink (all from Urban Barn)

Decorating your outdoor space with an exotic theme is so much fun – furniture mixed with vibrantly coloured accents makes for a perfect outdoor oasis. The Tuk Patio Set is a great option – the rattan style is both organic and polished in feel. Accessorize with bold blues, greens, reds and oranges for a perfect amount of impact. Add lanterns for soft lighting (the Mumbai and Bombay lanterns are both perfect for this theme) and lots of cushions (the Zazi collection is a great choice) to create a comfortable outdoor space. Adding lounges for additional seating makes an even more relaxing area.

The food….summertime is synonymous with barbeque time for this blogger. I simply love to grill. Nothing mimics the flame grilled, seared in taste of a good barbeque. Kebabs are the perfect summertime grill food, and keeps with the Moroccan style of your patio. Whether you’re a meat lover, or a vegetarian, there are kebab recipes for all types! Below are two quick and simple kebab ideas (one meat, one vegetarian). Serve with an assortment of pita and hummus, crisp veggies and dried figs and dates and your Moroccan Inspired Patio Party is complete! Oh! And don’t forget the wine…

Citrus-Tarragon Chicken

  • 1 orange, zested, juiced, remainder discarded
  • 1 lemon, zested, juiced, remainder discarded
  • 1 lime, zested, juiced, remainer discarded
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, discarded
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in 1-inch cubes

 Balsamic Veggie Kebabs

  • 2 bell peppers
  • 1 red onion
  • Handful of cherry tomatoes
  • 2-3 portobello mushroom
  • 2 Italian squash
  • Handful of baby potatoes, boiled until cooked through first

Balsamic Basting Viniagrette for Veggies

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Tablespoon salt and pepper, to taste
  • Minced basil and oregano
  • Pinch of garlic powder

Directions:

  • Soak skewers over night
  • Lightly applied basting before grill
  • Set grill on medium to high
  • Cook kebabs accordingly, lightly applying 2-3 glazing’s of Balsamic basting.

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