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The first barbecue of 2016

The first barbecue of 2016

Whilst April was a washout, May has seen some far nicer weather – particularly at the weekends! So it was time to dust off the bbq and our outdoor cooking skills and try cooking and eating outside once more. While Ryan fired up the bbq, I turned my hand to the indoor preparation. We decided […]

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  19th May 2016   No comments
Cooking with lager?

Cooking with lager?

I have been given the opportunity to review Celia – an organic, gluten-free premium Czech lager. There’s just one problem – no one in this house likes drinking beer 🙂 But a quick web search convinced me that it has lots of culinary potential, so I thought we could try cooking with it. (Apologies to […]

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  15th November 2015   No comments
Vegetable &  halloumi kebabs

Vegetable & halloumi kebabs

The barbecue doesn’t need to be the preserve of meat – quality vegetable kebabs go down a treat with meat eaters and herbivores, they just require a bit of time and imagination. The halloumi adds some bite and additional texture, going beautifully crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside. Prep: 20 mins Cook: […]

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  31st July 2015   No comments
Homemade burgers

Homemade burgers

A few homegrown ingredients from the garden can completely transform bog standard burgers into meaty sandwich sensations. Prep: 25 mins Cook: 30 mins Ingredients 200g minced beef (sirloin if possible) per person Finely chopped onion Grated carrot One red chilli Fresh tarragon Dijon mustard Egg Method Mash the chilli up with some salt in pepper […]

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  31st July 2015   No comments
Homemade bbq butters

Homemade bbq butters

Silver mushroom sell this lovely Kilner butter churner for £21.99, providing an easy and stylish way for anyone to make their own butter at home. Isn’t it cute? They’re suggesting that making your own flavoured butters is an ideal way to personalize your barbecues this summer. It would certainly be a talking point! Churning your […]

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  21st July 2015   No comments
Honey and mustard kebabs

Honey and mustard kebabs

Last weekend we had to work hard to move everything out of the garden so that work on the paving could start. So we thought we’d make life a little easier and not overdo things on the barbecue front this time 🙂 We continued to perfect our mess-tin sweetcorn recipe as a starter, and then […]

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  27th June 2015   No comments
Toasting giant marshmallows

Toasting giant marshmallows

Like new potatoes and asparagus, giant American marshmallows are clearly in season at the moment – they’re appearing in all the shops. We spotted them in our local garden centre (!) and, fresh from the success of our inaugural marshmallow toasting, we thought we’d set ourselves a challenge and see whether we could repeat it […]

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  16th June 2015   No comments
Eyes bigger than our bucket

Eyes bigger than our bucket

Clearly we didn’t learn our lesson from our first slightly overambitious bbq meal, because last weekend we found ourselves with another 3-course meal to book on the little bucket bbq. The appetizer was supposed to be some corn cobs, which the internet assured us could be cooked wrapped in foil (they arrived with us without […]

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  13th June 2015   No comments
An over-ambitious BBQ feast

An over-ambitious BBQ feast

As previously mentioned, over the last Bank Holiday weekend I got a little over-ambitious with the outdoor cooking, given that we still only have the small bucket bbq to cook on. For some reason I decided it was time to try a three-course lunch. For the starter I recreated the mess tin asparagus that worked […]

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  6th June 2015   No comments
Toasting marshmallows

Toasting marshmallows

Ryan and I celebrated the start of National BBQ week (running from 25th – 31st May this year) with a slightly over-ambitious outdoor cooking session. More about that later, but for now I’m going to skip ahead to the end, because dessert was the best bit. I have started reading Cooking with Fire by Paula […]

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  27th May 2015   No comments

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