WWW. BBQ Everything.

Yesterday was dawn til dusk. Tutoring, cleaning, writing, tutoring again, more writing. So, for a quick and easy meal that would still be nice enough to count as a break, I barbequed everything.

Everything.

Everything.

Ingredients:

-a big roast cut, such as whole chicken, pork shoulder joint or lamb leg

-400g mixed veg (we had parsnips, carrots, sprouts and frozen veg to bulk)

-1 sweet onion

-BBQ sauce (Click here for an almost-Paleo, delicious BBQ sauce recipe!) around 1/2 cup

-tomato sauce (ketchup for those with sweeter tastes, tomato puree or passata for those with richer tastes) around 3/4 cup

-powdered paprika

-salt

-honey (optional)

-mustard (strong mustard, also optional)

Utensils:

-a tray deep enough to take all the food

-knife and chopping board

-something for basting

Recipe:

1: Rub the paprika and salt into the meat.

2: Add half the tomato and BBQ.

3: Place in a tray with the sliced onion and cook on a low heat (120-130C) for two hours.

4: Chop the vegetables to uniform size.

5: Remove the tray from the oven and baste the meat in the juices. Rest until warm to touch.

6: Roll the vegetables in the juices with the onion.

7: Add the last of the sauces and baste the meat again before returning to the oven, still at a low heat, for another two hours.

8: Baste one last time and turn the temperature up to 160C to finish off.

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So that’s what we had for dinner yesterday. Tasty, low carb (well, mine was, Jon likes his beans) and although it takes forever to cook, minimal investment in the prep. Win, win, win. 🙂

No sprouts and many beans.

No sprouts and many beans.

I’ll be back tomorrow with FitFriday and on Saturday with some organization crafts so easy and practical that you can relax whilst making them and whilst using them!

Until then, TTFN and Happy Hunting!

WWW. Kebabs and Berry Dough.

Been far too busy lately to do much blog writing, what with sewing, lessons, housekeeping, cooking, book writing and preparing for Download (one week to go and we’ll be on our way to the festival!).

However, there are a few more interesting posts coming up before Download. One on consumerism, one on sewing, one on keto diets and at least one more recipe post.

However, today we have recipes.

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All these were cooked under the grill and could be cooked on a BBQ if you like, which sounds like an awesome plan to me.

Recipe 1: Beef Kebab.

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This was really tasty. Like a burger but high in meat. And on a stick.

Jon’s rating: 8/10.

Makes 5 kebaps.

Ingredients:

-800g/28.2oz beef mince (around 12% fat)

-2 eggs

-3tbsp plain flour

-2tsp salt

-2tsp onion granules

-1tsp peper

-1/2tsp paprika

Utensils:

-mixing bowl and fork

-5 or 10 kebab skewers

-grill tray

Recipe:

1: Mash the meat until the strands of mince have broken down into a pulp.

2: Stir in the seasoning.

3: Fold in the eggs and flour.

4: Divide your burger meat into 5 or 10 portions.

5: Roll each portion into a sausage shape on the counter. Pierce them with a kebab skewer. This means they hold together better around the skewer!

6: Place under a grill until browned on the top.

7: Turn either once or four times, depending on what’s needed to ensure even cooking. This should take around 25min, depending on the temperature, thickness of the roll and spacing between them.

Recipe 2: Chicken Kebab.

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The marinade is what really makes this.

Jon’s rating: 8/8 or 9.5/10. He doesn’t like to give 10/10s, so that’s as good as it gets.

Makes 4 kebaps.

Ingredients:

-2 chicken thighs, deboned

-2 bell peppers

-300g/10.6oz sweet potato

-2tbsp green habanero sauce

-2tbsp olive oil

-1tsp salt

-1tsp pepper

-2tsp mixed herbs

Utensils:

-marinade bowl

-chopping board and knife

-4 kebab skewers

-grill pan

Recipe:

1: Slice the chicken into 8-16 cubes. Place in the bowl with the chilli, olive oil and spices. Toss until evenly covered.

2: Slice the sweet potato thinly and pre-grill it until browned and a bit softened.

3: Skewer the chicken, sweet potato and pepper attractively.

4: Grill until cooked evenly. They may need to be turned once or even four times. On a BBQ, baste with marinade.

Recipe 3: Berry Dough Cakes.

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A bit dense and probably could have done with sugar, but we’re cutting back at least a little in anticipation of the rubbish we’ll eat at the festival.

Jon’s rating: 7.5/10.

Makes 4 cakes.

Ingredients:

-300g/10.6oz flour

-100g/3.5oz butter

-1 banana

-100g/3.5oz berries

Utensils:

-mixing bowl

-flat baking tray

Recipe:

1: Mix the banana, flour and butter.

2: Crush in the berries.

3: Form the patties.

4: Place under the grill/on the BBQ for 10-20min.

This was all impressively filling. It only took 1 beef kebap, 1 chicken kebap and a cake to fill us both up.

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