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Summer are you on the way

By 18th October 2016 Cook

I find there’s something exciting about cleaning the BBQ getting it ready for summer, especially when it’s still so wet.
There are a couple tips to get that slightly sad looking piece of metal in the corner looking like something you can trust to cook your food.

  • Break the BBQ down and scrub with hot soapy water.
  • If using a gas BBQ, light it and allow it to heat up until smoking then turn off and cool.
  • Cut a couple lemons in half and use to rub down the grill and flat plate, removing any left-over soap and dirt.
  • Maybe just rub with a little oil and it’s ready to go.

I have also included a couple of recipes to get the pantry ready for the BBQ evenings!

Firstly a Tomato Sauce, as a Kiwi we LOVE Tomato sauce and yes this one is sugar free, just the beautiful natural sweetness of the fruit in this easy recipe.

Mike’s Sugar Free Tomato Sauce

  • 8 large beefsteak tomatoes, cut horizontally
  • 5 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1 cup rosemary, thyme, parsley leaves mixed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • pinch of sea salt

To finish
1 cup fresh basil leaves, parsley mixed

Preheat oven to 150 degrees
Sprinkle olive oil over an oven tray and arrange tomatoes flat
Sprinkle over garlic, rosemary, thyme, parsley and a pinch of sea salt
Place in oven and leave to cook for 30 minutes
Remove herbs and transfer tomatoes to a blender add fresh basil parsley and blitz!

Chermoula paste

One of my favourites for lamb

  • 2 cups fresh coriander
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • juice of 2 lemon
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp cumin powder1 red chilli, seeded
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt to taste

Place all the ingredients into a blender and process until you have a thick paste.