The first barbecue of the year

barbecue meat and root vegetables

The days are getting longer and the sun has been shining and spring has arrived. The sun was so warm the other day and the forecast for the weekend was sunshine so I thought it would be great to celebrate with the first barbecue of the year.   Magnolia tree in blossom   I spoke … Continue reading

A pescatarian barbecue and smoked mackerel brunch

I am sure that some of our London friends did wonder why we left for the Kent seaside but with the kitchen coming along more are making their way to come visit. This weekend out friend did something as unusual as leaving her Notting Hill patch to come and visit. We haven’t met in quite … Continue reading

Midsummer and pretty much everything on the barbecue

Midsummer in Sweden is a celebratory affair. It symbolizes the longest day of the year and there are strong traditions. The first thing you do is to leave town if you live there and head for the summer house or friends/family in the country. There will be a maypole, in Swedish called a midsommarst√•ng. There … Continue reading

Sunshine and barbecue, finished with spiced cherries and pineapple

Give me a weekend with half decent weather, no rain and I am happy with even smaller doses of sunshine and I can’t stop thinking about barbecue. This weekend lovely weather and plenty of sunshine was promised and well, do I need to say more?! We loaded up on charcoal, I still haven’t gotten around … Continue reading

Pancetta wrapped prawns and lamb kebabs

I love to barbecue. Our new garden invites to sitting outside, weather permitting and I can’t stop myself at any given opportunity to cook outside! The sun was out the other day and I knew it was barbecue time! I headed to the market and got some lovely king prawns, responsibly sourced and from the … Continue reading

Barbecue lamb chops with stuffed mushrooms, a spicy guaccamole and sausages

The weekend was the first proper warm weekend. It wasn’t quite short sleeve weather but close and I could feel summer in the air! We went for a walk in some woods nearby. The grounds belong to an abbey and I wasn’t sure I could pick anything but we did come across some very tempting … Continue reading

Cured, bay leaf and hickory smoked pork belly, new potatoes and beets

I started thinking of today’s dinner two days in advance when I bought pork belly for curing. My neighbour gave me a whole bunch of bay leaves so I did a bay leaf and chipotle chilli cure and I mixed some bay leaves with the hickory wood for the smoking. The pork belly cured for … Continue reading

Barbecue red wine glaze

I love the smell of summer, walking in the park and smelling barbecues everywhere! ¬†I can’t resist having barbecues all the time now when the weather is so fab but I don’t want them to be the same so I decided to experiment with glaze and marinades. One of my favourites so far is my … Continue reading

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?” … Continue reading

Barbecue with mango salsa and veg loaded potato salad

It feels so lovely that the cold weather finally seems to have given in and the warm weather has arrived at last! The difference to wake up to a clear blue sky makes all the difference. Another clear sign of spring is the itchy nose, hayfever kicked in even before the green came out but … Continue reading