Barbecue Summer?June 11, 2014 by The Co-operative Food
Yesterday I was up with the larks and enjoyed a special early morning before the forecasted rain came hammering down from about 10.00am. By early evening the sun was back though, and the barbecues were lighting around Chorlton.
Iâ€™d done my shopping in the afternoon with little in the way of a plan, I was happy to let the shelves inspire me â€“ and inspire they sure did.
Sometimes thereâ€™s just too much meat on a barbecue, so I looked for alternatives that I could thread onto a few skewers that could go onto the coals with everything else.
Haloumi is a good thing to start with â€“ although itâ€™s cheese it doesnâ€™t melt like a cheddar and has a great texture when grilled. I made up a quick marinade using chopped chilli and chopped garlic that were so quick and easy to use with a good splash of olive oil. I soaked the cheese in that for a couple of hours before skewering it along with different coloured chunks of pepper and courgette.
I didnâ€™t want to go meat free though and so I picked up two packs of the Truly Irresistible Ultimate Hot Dogs with their ideal bread partner the Ultimate Brioche Hot Dog Rolls. Brioche seemed to have arrived in Britain as a burger bun a few years back and the lighter sweeter texture certainly goes well with grilled meats. The hot dogs are a good deal at ÂŁ3 for 6.
I didnâ€™t have a lot of preparation time so I was pleased to see the new Caribbean Chicken Fillet Skewers, they went in the basket as did a pack of Sweet and Sticky Barbecue Pork Ribs.
My final contribution was a delicious Florida salad that had all sorts of fruits â€“ oranges, apple, pineapple and more with shredded cabbage and a dressing. I had that and a big pot of jalapeno coleslaw.
The great thing about hosting a barbecue is that youâ€™re often left with enough food for the next week â€“ I know our friendâ€™s fridge was looking very healthy even when we left. He had enough beer left for the first big match too â€“ I know where Iâ€™ll be going!