Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Barbecue Season and a big failure.

I was very excited to take part in Money Supermarket's Charcoal Challenge and organised a fabulous summer barbecue at the weekend before my birthday (15.07). It turned out really well and I took some beautiful pictures, but... as you might know... I lost them all, when my laptop died. I am absolutely devastated, because I put a lot of effort into organizing my little party, with the £50 budget provided. 

I don't like to give up easily, so I decided to recreate some of the food we had that day, but I prepared it on my George Foreman Grill instead of a bbq :) It's been raining for the past couple of days, so there was no chance for any outdoor activities... If you are a fan of barbecues and you live in UK (rain, rain, rain) I would definitely recommend getting a big electric grill - it is fantastic! I am enjoying the barbecue season more than ever, because I am not vegetarian anymore and I can finally eat chicken skewers- my new favourite!

With the original £50 budget, I bought some free range chicken fillets, salmon fillets, pork mince, sesame rolls and a giant sesame baguette, mushrooms, peppers, courgettes, onions, tomatoes, cheddar slices, gherkins, corn on the cob, potato salad, beetroot salad, coleslaw and ingredients for homemade lemon and ginger lemonade. We also had a little dessert and opted for something light- strawberries and cream. I recreated the food last weekend, so we ended up enjoying the same dishes again, but only for the two of us this time :)

My husband loves burgers and I always make them from scratch. Apparently, they taste delicious made on a bbq. (I am not a fan of red meat, so I opted for salmon.) I served the burgers on fresh rolls, layered with hash browns, gherkins, tomatoes, onions and cheese. Hash browns taste amazing in burgers! As a side, I served beetroot and horseradish salad, potato and dill salad and a grilled corn on the cob.

Instead of having a pork burger, I had a grilled salmon fillet. To make it on a bbq, you simply marinade it in your choice of spices, wrap it in tin foil and place it on a bbq for 20 minutes. YUM! To recreate the same dish in the house, I simply grilled the salmon fillet on a George Foreman Grill. You can also bake the fish in the oven. I served mine, with a side salad, because I am a salad addict :)

We also had tandoori chicken skewers and I was super excited to make them again. All you need is a tandoori powder and some olive oil! You cut your chicken into big chunks, marinade in the powder and oil mixture and thread the chicken onto skewers. On a bbq, they should be ready within 15-20 minutes, and on a the GF grill, they were ready in 4 minutes! Quick and easy dinner, eh? As an ex vegetarian, I always make tons of veggie skewers as well. I kept it simple this time, and made courgette and mushroom ones. They were marinated in a tandoori mixture as well.

I served the tandoori chicken skewers on a sesame baguette, with cheese and veg. Yum!

I also made salmon and red bell pepper skewers, the same way as the chicken ones. 

For dessert, I served sliced strawberries with low fat creme fraiche and frozen blueberries on top.

Homemade lemon and ginger lemonade seemed like the perfect refreshment and it is was very easy to make. I will share a recipe for this delicious drink soon.

I am gutted about losing the photos from my birthday bbq party, but I did my best to recreate everything I prepared. I had double the amount of work, but at least I enjoyed all the yummy food twice :)

*I was provided with £50 to cover all expenses 

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  1. I really feel for you loosing all of your photos, especially after putting so much effort in.
    On the brightside you got to eat this amazing looking food again! x

  2. Looks delicious!


  3. I do love a gherkin, seem to be in the minority however! Shame about your photos, but it was worth it in the long run!

    Belle x
    Mascara & Maltesers

  4. Really inspired to make some mushroom and salmon skewers on the bbq now, i love them both but never usually have them with bbqs! so sad about the photos though, hate when things like that happen! x

  5. Oh no, what a shame that you lost all of those photos! I can imagine how frustrating and upsetting that must have been. All this food looks delicious though, looking forward to the lemon and ginger lemonade recipe.
    Mel x


  6. Again it's such a shame, losing all your beloved and beautiful photos and I really hope you'll find a way to get them back but in the meantime, I'm so glad you decided to recreate the BBQ because the food photos are bloody beautiful and oh so yummy. I'm drooling at the sight of everything but those burgers with hash browns inside, OH LORD. :) Next time you decide to throw another BBQ feast together Sandra can you notify me a week in advance and I'll make sure to pop over? haha :) From the looks of it, you're such a great cook.

  7. Omg! The food looks delicious! I want all the recipes. Sorry about your photos. I'm waiting anxiously to hear whether or not I can save all mine. Seriously want those recipes!



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