When I launched this month’s Barbecue and Barbecue Side’s event back on the 1st July I have to admit it was with a considerable degree of trepidation. Especially with regard to the folks in the UK, thinking I might just be jinxing yet another Summer! But 35 entries later and for the most part a gloriously hot and sunny month I’m pretty relieved to say the least. Phew. Thanks so much to everyone who joined in, as you’ll see from my round-up we have a wonderful array of barbecue and side dish delights to tickle everyone’s taste buds, from meaty mains to salady sides to post-barb cakey naughties.
And to judge this month’s event I’m most delighted and excited to announce we have the gorgeous and enormously talented Bethany Kehdy no less!. For those of you unaware of Bethany’s many talents (too many for someone so young if you ask me!), she’s the founder and organiser of Food Blogger Connect (and I’m sure everyone attending this year will sing her highest praises), owner and tour guide of Taste Lebanan and a food blogger at Dirty Kitchen Secrets. And as if this isn’t enough she’s now the author of The Jewelled Kitchen, launched at FBC this year along with a veritable feast of Middle Eastern delights from her book. And I so happen to be a proud owner of a signed copy of her beautiful and enchanting cookbook which I shall be delving into in the Autumn once I’m re-united with it again, sadly it had to be left in London for the time being.
So on to the round-up. As most of you know I’m more than a tad busy these days with my move to the UK timed (im)perfectly to co-incide with the big summer school holidays, so I’m going to keep things brief. And to be brief I’m steeling an idea I took from the lovely Vanesther of Bangers & Mash (who incidentally I was delighted to finally meet at FBC too, and would you believe she was even more lovely than I built her up to be!) to summerise each post in just a few simple words. I’m aiming at five but this could be tricky for a wordy woman like myself, but here goes….
In no particular order (as the entries got a little jumbled in my ad hoc pictorial representation!) we have:
Techie….Cookie……Freaky…… BBQ Chicken (Indian Style)
Super-hit Mouth-watering Indian Kebabs
Javelin Warrior’s Cookin w/Luv – Homemade Barbecue Beans with Bacon
Beans To Impress Your Boyfriend!
Fromage Homage – The Big Cheesy Barbecue: Shropshire Blue Burgers, Halloumi Rosemary Skewers and Aubergine Tricolore Parcels
Lavender and Lovage - Egg & Tomato Salad with Marigold & Chive Flowers
Exquisitely Lovely Floral Summery Side
Fab Food 4 All – Strawberry & Vanilla Ice Milk
Low-Fat Yumminess to Devour
Chip Butties and Noodle Soup – Samphire and Tomato Salad
Seafood Side of Salty Deliciousness
Recipe Junkie – BBQ Ribs for the best weekend ever
Sizzling Smoky Ribs for Gourmet Camping
Chip Butties and Noodle Soup – Rose Harissa Chilli Sauce
Rose Harissa to Ignite & Delight
Chip Butties and Noodle Soup – Roasted Butternut Squash, Caramelized Lemon & Berbere Houmous
Heavenly Hummus I Shall Definitely Try!
How To Eat Properly – Courgette, Chickpea & Roast Tomato Salad
Fabulous Flavourings from Storecupboard Staples
Caroline Makes – Shortbread Squares with Chocolate Fudge and Marshmallow Topping
Post-Barbie Naughtiness in Cakey-Form!
Caroline Makes – Grilled or Barbecued Halloumi with Chilli
Barbie Crowd-Pleaser Chillied-up Halloumi
Chip Butties & Noodle Soup – Chilli, Garlic & Ginger Jam
Tantalising Kicking Loveliness in a Jar
Chip Butties & Noodle Soup – The Big Summer Salad
Summery Salady Herby Zingy Goodliness
Tinned Tomatoes – Potato and Bean Salad with Zingy Herby Dressing
Storecupboard Zingily Dressed Legumy Loveliness
Chez Foti – Chicken Satay Sticks
Chicken Lollipops to Delight Young & Old
Recipes from a Pantry – Homemade Guacaomole
Yoghurtamoley Creamy Dippy Healthful Yumminess
Recipes from a Pantry – Plantain Chips
Crunchy African Bites of Snackilicious Yum
Delicieux – Beetroot & Apple Salad with Gorgonzola & Walnuts
Dreamy Nutty Gorgonzolary Sweet Beets
Delicieux – Foil Wrapped Tartiflette Parcels
Oozy Cheesy Parcels of Creamy Deliciousness
Food to Glow – Grilled Lettuce – on it’s own and in a salad with Potatoes, Cornichon & Peppered Mackerel
French Stylie Salad with Punch
Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary – Barbecued Pineapple
Canadian Carmelised Sweet Chewy Perfection!
The Garden Deli – Feta & Yoghurt Dip
Versatile Creamy Zesty Dippy Side
Fab Food 4 All - Mixed Tomato Chutney
Chillied-Up Nigel’s Tommie Glut Chutney
Lavender and Lovage – Lemon & Sweet Pepper Chicken Kebabs
Delectable Singing Sizzling Spicy Rub
How to be a Gourmand – Salmon Tikka Chapati with Mint & Coriander Raita
Punchily Zingy Cooling Refreshing Raita
Chez Foti – Halloumi & Roasted Veggie Kebabs
Herby Sweet Cheesy Veggies on Sticks
Thyme for Cooking – Carrot Salad
Not just any Carrot Salad!
Thyme for Cooking – Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Shallot Sage Marinade
Flavourful Barbecued Fillet of Yum
Caroline Makes – Watermelon & Feta Cheese Salad
Fabulous Combo of Refreshing Goodliness
Chip Butties & Noodle Soup – Raw Beetroot, Caraway, Lemon Balm & Mint Salad
Crunchy Fragrant Zingy Earthy Pinkness
A Bavarian Sojourn - Japanese Style Steak Salad
Sumptuous Wasabied Steak Salad Perfection
A Working Mum’s Cookbook – Greek Pasta Salad
Colourfully Summery Pasta & Greek Salad
The Boy Can Cook – Smokey BBQ Ribs
Ribs To Dye For. Heaven.
And so there has to be a winner. And thankfully to make that tough choice we have Bethany and not myself!. Drum Roll……and the winner is…..another drum roll……Foodie Quine’s Pimm’s Salad! And this is what Bethany had to say about it:
I love to cook with booze and goodness knows how many alcoholic products I’ve experimented with in cooking. When I read the “Pimm’s salad” headline I was very intrigued. It’s very much inspired me to give this salad a go this weekend. Great effort everyone and thanks to the lovely ladies (Lou and Anneli) for asking me to Judge. Let’s hope this weekend is another Barbie worthy weekend :)
The winning prize this month is the Pitt Cue Cookbook. A copy will be winging it’s way over to you Claire. A very well deserved win, a fab choice Bethany!.
Thanks again to everyone for all your wonderful and inspiring entries. August is all about Summer Puddings and it’s once again over to Anneli at Delicieux to host.
Here’s hoping for some more summer sun!