SUMMER BBQ ESSENTIALS
BARBECUES are one of the great things about summer.
While it is hard to go past the classic steak and sausages, many other foods work well on the barbecue so expand your repertoire with one of these great meal ideas. • Piripiri chicken with sweet potato and corn - Make your own piripiri marinade or pick up a ready-made version then marinate a spatchcocked (backbone removed and flattened) chicken or pieces and cook on the barbecue for 30-40 minutes. For the vegetables, wrap the sweet potato in foil and cook on the barbecue or coals until tender. Boil corn until nearly cooked before finishing off on the barbecue. • Barbecued whole fish - Score sides of fish and place onto alfoil lined with baking paper. Fill cavity with whatever flavour combinations you desire - ginger, lemongrass, chilli and coriander work well or keep it simple with lemon, garlic and parsley. Coat the outside with a little SIPPING on fruit slushies will help keep you cool this summer and pair perfectly with barbecues. Children love them and adults can enjoy a twist by adding alcohol such as vodka or gin. olive oil, fold alfoil around to form a parcel and then barbecue for about 10-15 minutes each side. You can also place directly on the grill but make sure it is well oiled to prevent sticking. • Garlic and chilli prawns/squid - Using fresh sustainable seafood, clean and prepare as desired, then leave to marinate in chilli, garlic and olive oil. Cook over high heat for a few minutes until just cooked through. Serve with lemon and fresh parsley. • Mediterranean vegetables - Zucchini, eggplant and asparagus are ideal for throwing onto the barbecue and can be mixed together with a little lemon juice and garlic to create a great side dish. • Barbecued fruit - mango cheeks, pineapple and peaches are delicious when barbecued. Simply grill for a few minutes each side and serve with fresh mint and vanilla ice cream or yoghurt. The basic recipe is about one and a half cups of fruit to one cup of ice then blended until desired consistency, adding a little more fruit or ice as needed. You can also make by cut and freezing fruit pieces and blending one cup with one cup of juice. Choose whatever fruit you like or have on hand; popular combinations include watermelon and mint with a squeeze of lime or for a tropical twist try mango, pineapple and orange.