Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Bank Holiday Barbeque

Although Monday was a public holiday in the UK we actually held our barbeque on the Sunday. Mary was an absolute heroine, she did 99% of the preparation catering for an expected 32 guests. I hobbled about and did a little work that could be done sitting down like podding and skinning broad beans and skewering chicken yakatori.

It had been raining on and off all weekend but fortunately the rain held off during the afternoon and early evening. About 20 people turned up and the whole event went very well. The bread-maker and ice cream-maker had been working hard as well producing three different flavoured breads and four different ice creams all of which proved very popular.

A colleague and his wife did not turn up and I was sure that they had assumed the BBQ was on Monday. Sure enough they turned up 24 hours late and so we had a very pleasant impromptu dinner party with all the left-overs from Sunday.


Rosa said...

Sounds like you all outdid yourselves. Four icecreams and three breads! Wow. I'm going to have to look up "broad" beans!

Mark McLellan said...


Try "fava beans" (aka Broad Beans, English Beans, Horse Beans) as in "I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti" .

For breads, we did herby white, malthouse brown and wholemeal with garlic and rosemary.

For ice creams, we did strawberry and balsamic vinegar, raspberry yoghurt, honey and toasted walnut, and Baileys.

Rosa said...

How was the strawberry with balsamic vinegar? That's quite a pairing!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

You've just made me realise I miss summer BBQs, too!