A summer barbecue in sunny Kent and that pizza oven

Hosting a barbecue in the UK can be a bit of a gamble. The weather is less than reliable and rain never seems to be far off! This weekend we were off to Kent for a nice summer barbecue at Oli and Amanda’s and everyone was asking the question “do you think it will rain?” Well, this weekend it didn’t, the day started with a bit of a grey haze but once that lifted it was a beautiful and sunny day! It is a bit like winning the lottery and I was very pleased to be wearing shorts!

The garden had something that I have to admit I immediately wanted, a pizza oven and this was such a simple but clever, and good looking solution!

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The garden was full of beautiful flowers and I could not resist taking a few pictures.

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The invite promised a lots of food, lots of salads and lots of booze and there was plenty of everything! We started with refreshing drinks with all of us enjoying the unexpected sunshine!

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The beer came from a local brewery, Westerham, it was cool and so perfect for sharing! Beer doesn’t always travel well so what better than to get the beer from a local brewer!

There was a range of food to come, 4 different salads served under a shady parasol.

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One was tomato and mozarella in slices

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There was a lamb steak cooking in the pizza oven and if you got close enough and listened you could hear it cook! The barbecue was fired up and out came a range of meats for grilling starting with some German bratwurst.

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And hamburgers and ribs.

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There was whole mackerel, super fresh, it got a brushing with some olive oil and some salt

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It was a delicious barbecue. I could not stop eating! We had such a great time , there was that mandatory silence at first when everyone are eating but then conversation started again! Everyone had seconds and some had thirds (myself included) and then all I could manage was another G&T from that clever box that kept it cold all day!

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It was one of the girls birthday the day before and what is a birthday without a cake? It was a delicious sponge cake with cream and strawberries, it might be my favourite cake combination and so perfect on a summers day!

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There were cupcakes as well, baked that morning and they looked amazing!

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Cupcakes are so pretty and I always wonder if I I should try making some one day! Saying that I have been thinking about it for a long time (years actually) so it might not happen.

It was a great day, full of fun, sunshine and some great foods. With a full belly and lots more freckles from the sunshine we had to say good bye and make our way back home but hope to see the guys again soon!

Comments
3 Responses to “A summer barbecue in sunny Kent and that pizza oven”
  1. Reblogged this on Cycling away the kilos and commented:
    Not strictly cycling, but a fine review of a BBQ we hosted this weekend when we got lucky with the weather – no wheels turned though.

  2. Looks like an awesome BBQ!

    • petra08 says:

      hi Francesca

      it was awsome, I can’t believe even the weather was so fab! Fingers crossed for a nice long summer for all of us!

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