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.
Bethany at the Jewelled Kitchen launch
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.
Copies of the Jewelled Kitchen @ FBC5
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:
Fruitilicious Burgers!. Pimms Salad!. Fabulous.
Super-hit Mouth-watering Indian Kebabs
Beans To Impress Your Boyfriend!
The Ultimate Cheese Fest Barbie
Exquisitely Lovely Floral Summery Side
Low-Fat Yumminess to Devour
Seafood Side of Salty Deliciousness
Sizzling Smoky Ribs for Gourmet Camping
Rose Harissa to Ignite & Delight
Heavenly Hummus I Shall Definitely Try!
Fabulous Flavourings from Storecupboard Staples
Post-Barbie Naughtiness in Cakey-Form!
Barbie Crowd-Pleaser Chillied-up Halloumi
Tantalising Kicking Loveliness in a Jar
Summery Salady Herby Zingy Goodliness
Storecupboard Zingily Dressed Legumy Loveliness
Chicken Lollipops to Delight Young & Old
Yoghurtamoley Creamy Dippy Healthful Yumminess
Crunchy African Bites of Snackilicious Yum
Dreamy Nutty Gorgonzolary Sweet Beets
Oozy Cheesy Parcels of Creamy Deliciousness
French Stylie Salad with Punch
Canadian Carmelised Sweet Chewy Perfection!
Versatile Creamy Zesty Dippy Side
Chillied-Up Nigel’s Tommie Glut Chutney
Delectable Singing Sizzling Spicy Rub
Punchily Zingy Cooling Refreshing Raita
Herby Sweet Cheesy Veggies on Sticks
Not just any Carrot Salad!
Flavourful Barbecued Fillet of Yum
Fabulous Combo of Refreshing Goodliness
Crunchy Fragrant Zingy Earthy Pinkness
Sumptuous Wasabied Steak Salad Perfection
Colourfully Summery Pasta & Greek Salad
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!