A few idea’s for something different.

It's BBq time or very nearly lets get ready...

I thought I would share some new or fairly new ideas for the barbecue this summer, just to start getting in the mood sort off. Feel free to send in your suggestions or links.

Grilled vegetable salad – As the coals start to heat up toss the veggies onto the grill. For this use small onion, red peppers, in fact any colour pepper, including some chilies if you want a hot spicy salad. Alongside aubergine, tomatoes, garlic. As the outer skins blacken remove from grill and remove skin. I use plastic gloves and have the veggies on newspaper so I can throw the charcoal skin away. Roughly chop the veggies up, place in a bowl. All you need to do with garlic is squeeze the soft part out of the skins directly into bowl. Add olive oil salt and pepper and a good amount of fresh squeezed lemon juice. Delicious. This can be done just as well at a campfire as at home. Another favourite BBQ vegetables recipe of mine can be found on Food.com added by ‘cooking pompom’

Vegatables that are great for cooking/roasting on the BBQ

Colourful veggies for the BBQ

Sausage surprise burgers: Instead of making sausages shape the meat into a burger shape, make a pocket in the middle and put in some chili relish ( or any relish I like pomegranate lime relish) or your favourite cheese, I like feta when I am doing this but choices endless. It has to be something that only needs warming or melting not cooking. BBQ as normal and enjoy, great fun when folk don’t know about the surprise in the middle. You can do this with any burger but I prefer sausage meat as it cooks quicker.

This is something different: http://ilovemaple.ca/recipes/maple-and-lime-flavoured-cucumber-and-peach-relish

Maple and Lime-Flavoured Cucumber and Peach Relish

Hope this is starting to get you into BBQ mode, more to come next week.

Sausages for the BBQ

Nothing nicer to BBQ than these homemade Balkan sauages

Balkan Sausages

One of our favourite foods for our barbie is sausages, easy to make and quick to cook, you can just slap them in bread and eat without the fuss of a plate. It certainly makes my life easier without the washing up. This week I have found a new recipe I want to try, Balkan sausages. I will be making a slight change to the ingredients as I will use half lean beef mince with half chicken mince; I also thought the rice might be a bit of a change to our usual menu of salads and bread. My family likes a good spicy sauce to go with our meat and my quick go to, is a thick tomato ketchup and Worcestershire sauce mix I sometimes buy commercial ones but the boys prefer my own. I often throw a couple of chopped hot chilies in the mix as well. One of the kids favourite sauces is “Mr Toads sauce”; named after Mr Toad in Wind and the Willows, remember he used to say ‘Onion sauce’ when he was upset? Well I made a caramelized onion sauce many years ago when they were young and I wasn’t as confident in my skills as I am now, got a bit narky during the making and hence the name.

Onion Sauce a oft repeat quote from Toad of Toad Hall , from the book Wind in the willows

Toad from “Wind in the Willows” ..