Monday, 30 August 2010

Bye bye barbecue

Yesterday I started to compile my order for my online groceries. And I made a terrible discovery. They have stopped stocking barbecue charcoal for the year. Even though the evenings are still reasonably long and the days are still quite warm - and sometimes even clear - the powers that be have decided that there are to be no more barbecues this year.

We are going to have to venture into actual shops (quelle horreur) to stockpile supplies for the rest of the year, and for our early spring barbecues next year.

As my farewell to the barbecue season, I thought I'd share a couple of the cracking meals that the Weber has given us this year, that didn't quite rate a post before.

A lovely rib of beef, cooked slowly and with a good bit of smoke, accompanied by onions inspired by the Barbecue Pit Boys Onion Cheese Bacon Buds (but without the bacon and cheese...), crushed minted peas and Yorkshire puddings.

Mexican Pork Wraps

500g pork mince
1tsp minced chipotle in adobo
1/4 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp dried wild oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
Tortillas, sliced onions, sliced cheese, mayo mixed with a little chipotle to serve.

With your hands, mix the mince and spices, then form into 4 long sausages around soaked kebab skewers. Rub lightly with oil.
Barbecue until cooked. When they are done, take them off the barbecue and allow to rest for a couple of minutes, while you warm the tortillas on the barbecue. Slide each "sausage" off the skewer & into a tortilla, adding slices of onion, cheese and chipotle mayo to taste. Serve grilled vegetables on the side.


Mary Bergfeld said...

You put your barbecue to good use this past season. I especially loved the Mexican skewers. They really sound delicious. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

NKP said...

Wow, an end to BBQ season? We grill all year long and Canada is Cold!
What great treats you have, looks delish!

Alicia Foodycat said...

Mary - they were delicious, I recommend them!

Natashya - isn't it insane? Paul would barbecue any day that it wasn't actually raining, snowing or too windy for a fire, but you just can't get charcoal from September - April!

Barbara said...

Yum on that rib of beef!
Isn't that annoying you can't get charcoal?!! Next year you better buy lots in advance.

Jude said...

That beef looks wonderful!

Tesco in Watford had barbecue charcoal RTC this morning.

Foodjunkie said...

I am looking at your pictures and salivating. Pity about the coals. Would have been so convenient to get them delivered!

Alicia Foodycat said...

Barbara - we were just saying it was time to stockpile and they beat us to it!

Jude - oh thanks! We'll go over to Watford next weekend. The beef is the Waitrose Aberdeen Angus.

Jo - it makes life so much easier! 1 hour nominated time slot and all the heavy stuff gets carried straight into your kitchen.

Megan said...

End to bbq season? Yikes, we need to go scour out some charcoal before it's too late! The Mexican skewers look delicious! :)

maybelle's mom said...

i am with Natashya, we grill all winter (i mean 10 feet of snow winter) long.

Alicia Foodycat said...

Megan - yes! Grab some now!

MM - the British don't really understand barbecuing as a cooking method. They think it is some big entertaining performance thing, instead of just a tasty way to do some steaks.

HH said...

They both look great FC!! Our bbq couldn't handle a rib of beef, but the wraps, yes! Yum!

Dharm said...

All that BBQ cooking looks so darned good!

Alicia Foodycat said...

HH - you need a bigger barbecue! One with a lid.

Dharm - thank you!

kat said...

Wow, the stop stocking bbq stuff?! In Minnesota people shovel that 3 feet of snow away from the grill & use it year round!

mscrankypants said...

What a funny quirk in the English supply of charcoal -- my only thought is to find some of your friends around for a barbecue but they have to bring their own charcoal ;-).

Alicia Foodycat said...

Kat - they obviously breed 'em tough in Minnesota!

Cranky - good plan.

grace said...

sadness! i don't want to say goodbye! that settles it--i'm eating as much barbecue as i can for the next two or three weeks. :)

Deb in Hawaii said...

I thought most dedicated bbq masters do it all year round. ;-) Everything looks yummy--especially those Mexican skewers.

Alicia Foodycat said...

Grace - the weather is glorious this week, too!

Deb - I definitely want to make the pork skewers again.

Unknown said...

How did you do that with the onion? Is that what happens just from brushing it with oil and baking it in the oven?


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