1. Strip about six inches off the
bottom of your rosemary sprigs and keep the stripped herbs to one side.
2. Sharpen the bottom of the stripped
rosemary stalk so that it resembles a sharp Zulu assegai or spear. This
makes threading the ingredients onto the stalk easier as well serving
as the weapon to murder Claudius once you've eaten! Place in a jug of
water covering about an inch of the stalk to keep the rosemary fresh.
3. In a bowl, mix the yoghurt, mint,
half the olive oil, half the lemon juice, the rosemary leaves and a
good teaspoon of salt. Taste for seasoning and make sure that you get
a good taste of lemon and mint coming through. Add your chicken cubes,
coat well with the marinade and refrigerate for 3 hours.
4. In another bowl, mix the honey
with the rest of the lemon juice and olive oil and a little salt. Add
the pork pieces, coat well with the marinade and refrigerate for 3 hours.
5. Cut the peppers in halves and
de-seed. Then, either using a heart shaped cutter or a knife if you're
artistic and have a steady hand, cut heart shapes out of each of them.
Sprinkle with a little water and refrigerate.
6. Thread the ingredients onto the
skewers, starting with the pork, then a piece of pineapple, chicken,
a red pepper heart, another piece of pork, another piece of pineapple,
a yellow heart and so on until the stripped part of the skewer is full
7. Wrap a little tin foil around
the rosemary nearest to the first cube of meat to prevent it burning,
and sprinkle the rest of the rosemary leaves with water.
8. Cook over medium to hot coals
until the chicken and pork are cooked through and the meat, vegetables
and fruit are nicely browned. Remove the protective foil.
9. Serve with a freshly boiled beetroot,
watercress and feta salad accompanied by a citrus vinaigrette (your
normal old 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, 5 tablespoons of olive
oil, salt, a clove of crushed garlic but with the juice of half an orange
added and cubed potatoes sautéed with garlic and onion.
10. Savour your feast, pour a glass
of excellent wine and make that toast as you toss your symbolic spears
into the heart of the barbecue, known as Claudius. And then go do what
lovers do on Valentines day!