Summertime Cooking

So, whilst we will all be making the most of August and the nice weather (fingers crossed) it usually means BBQ time for most of us. Let us leave you with these simple BBQ recipes to impress your guests!

 

Our jerk marinade

This marinade takes a little while to put together but it really is worth it! Super tasty! It will be enough for a whole chicken, so adjust accordingly to the amount you need.

Obviously the longer you leave this the better, but even after 1 hour you will have some tasty jerk chick or whatever you decide to marinade. I used chicken drumsticks and wings. Coat your chicken in the marinade and leave it for a few hours. For best results, after the chicken has been marinated, I recommend cooking the chicken pieces for around 35mins in the oven at 190 degrees’ fan. This will make sure the centres are cooked through! Now for the best bit, put your cooked chicken pieces onto the BBQ for around 5 mins. This will give that smokey flavour and really crisp up the skin. Whilst you have your chicken on the BBQ feel free to add a little more marinade with a basting brush if you have any left over.

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1 tbsp All Spice

1 tbsp Black peppercorns

½ tsp Ground cinnamon

½ nutmeg, freshly grated

¼ bunch of thyme, take the effort to pick the leaves

4 spring onions chopped small and roughly

3 garlic cloves chopped roughly

1 scotch bonnet chopped small and roughly

1 tbsp dark brown sugar

2 tbsp dark soy sauce

Juice of 1 lime

 

 

 

 

Watermelon Chow

We personally recommend making this simple chow to accompany your jerk meats! its so refreshing and knocks the burning heat out of it for those that aren’t too great with spice! IMG_1366

I have put this recipe here, but feel free to adjust to your own personal liking and for the amount that you want to make.

You will want to start with cutting up some fresh watermelon into small square chunks and put into a mixing bowl. For this, I have gone with half a small watermelon. Add a tbsp of olive oil, a small crack of salt and pepper and the juice of 1/2 a fresh lime. Cut up a small hand full of mint and coriander and mix in with the watermelon, and that is it! serve as a side for those spicy dishes.

 

BBQ Rum Pineapple

A perfect dessert for those BBQ’s! this is really simple. You will need a ripe fresh pineapple that you must cut into slices and take out the hard core. When everyone is eating their mains, take your pineapple slices and put them in a bowl. Add a good serving of rum to the bowl and leave the pineapple to soak it all up! I left this to soak for about 1hr, but again you can leave it soaking for longer if you wish. Use as much rum as you feel appropriate for what you want. I like a strong rum taste so added a fair bit! I used a dark Jamaican rum for this. (I would definitely recommend using a good dark rum).

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One you’re ready, you’ll need to BBQ your pineapple slices on a nice hot grill. Keep an eye on them as you don’t want to burn them, but a nice charing of grill lines is good! Serve up a few slices per portion, drizzle over any rum thats left in the bowl they were soaking in and add a nice scoop of good vanilla ice cream and drizzle of maple syrup. So tasty, and looks great!

 

 

Cheers, Billy

Summer G&T’s – Lamb and Watt tonic

Okay, so as I have mentioned before, we LOVE gin. There are so many gins out there on the market now that our choices seem simply endless! But, regardless of how good your gin is, unless you get yourself a premium tonic, its always only going to be ‘just a G&T’ in my opinion.

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You’re all probably quite familiar with the current tonic brand leaders at the moment such as Fever-Tree or Fentimans. Now don’t get me wrong, these taste really good and I’m a sucker for the Mediterranean Fever-Tree, but! theres a new tonic on the market that I think is going to start to rival these top two if it gets the traction it deserves!

I first discovered Lamb & Watt tonic at Taste of London festival this year and can honestly say it was a taste sensation! They currently have four flavours on the market; Original, basil, cucumber and hibiscus. The flavours are so clear and fresh, and I know it sounds silly to say but the cucumber one literally tastes like you have just cut fresh cucumber and put it in, or when you try the basil tonic its like you have put half a dozen basil leaves in. I was quite shocked at how good they taste. They are all made using spring water from the lake district which may be the secret of their taste!

Im a big fan of the hibiscus & basil tonics at the moment. I bought a selection online when I got home from Taste and have used them all already! I honestly cannot recommend these enough, definitely worth a try! Plus you can get them from between 79p and £1.19 per bottle depending on how many you buy. I bought mine from http://www.drinksupermarket.com but they are appearing on various other online sites now.

 

Here is a really simple summery G&T to accompany those BBQs!

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Gin! I will let you decide, but for this one try not to pick one thats too heavy on the spices and go with something a little lighter and more floral,

Lamb & Watt hibiscus tonic water,

Frozen mixed berries,

Mint,

Grapefruit.

 

Method for one glass:

Nothing hard here at all! use a nice big wine or spritz glass if you have one, throw in a hand full of frozen berries. I have used these instead of I’ve, but feel free to add ice too if you wish. Slap a few mint leaves to wake them up and release some of its oils and throw them in along with a nice thick wedge of pink grapefruit. Add a good sized double gin, topped up with a bottle of Lamb & Watt hibiscus tonic water. So tasty!

 

Cheers, Billy