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Summer Cooking

Category Kitchen Published 31 July 2018

Summer Cooking

The kids are off school, the sun is out and the paddling pool is refreshing. Life is great in the summer for family, friends and loved ones, and what better way to fill the bellies than with a BBQ.

As soon as you get that scent of charcoal burning, sausages sizzling and juicy burgers, everybody knows you’re in for a treat, whatever time of day it is in the heat.

There’s not long left before the clocks go back and the sunny weather starts to wind down, with the children going back to school and Christmas here before you know it! Time flies when you’re having fun, so being outside in the warm sunshine and getting a tan with the barbie fired up is a must.

Top Tips

Here’s some top tips from Jamie Oliver for turning up the heat in the garden:

  • To ensure the best results for your barbecue, wait till the coal is white hot, grey and glowing to cook the perfect meat. Be patient and wait for the flames to calm down before flipping those burgers.
  • Ever watched in slow motion as the last sausage slips through the grill and agonisingly on to the charcoal? All that can be avoided with the right tools. A pair of tongs is a life saver and your best bet.
  • Only thing tastier then smoked meat is delicious cutlets that are marinated before adding to the flames. It traps the smoky flavour but gives it the added moisture for a juicy texture.

Now we have you salivating thinking about enjoying tasty meat and mixed veg under the sun, the key question is what shall we prepare now? There’s plenty of inspiration online, in cook books or simply just using your imagination! Why not visit the Jamie Oliver website and try this recipe for lemon sole - which looks like food heaven.

If you feel like the Atkins diet is the one for you, go all carnivore with a selection of the best meats, with pork chops, lamb or mincemeat burgers. Or, if you feel like watching the figure and keeping the summer body in shape, some delicious cous cous, humous, salad with a nice vinaigrette and feta cheese might be more up your street alongside some lean sausages.

We have been blessed this year with some fantastic weather, so make the most of the remaining summer by firing up the BBQ, inviting some friends over and entertaining. What’s not to love; yummy food with great company is the perfect experience outdoors.

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