We havered about having our BBQ this year but went for it as there was a free Saturday before we went to Italy and it didn't clash with Bob & Lynn's BBQ because they didn't have one this year. So out went the invites and in came the acceptances.
We outsourced much of the catering to Waitrose but the artisanal ice creams are my department.
Ice cream #1 Blueberry ripple. Starting with a home made custard, real vanilla, and added rum in the blueberry sauce.
Ice cream #2 Brandy Alexander. This one never sets fully so is soft scoop and always goes first.
Ice cream #3 Yogurt and raspberry. I had to sieve all the pips even though the recipe said it was optional because I hate the pips getting stuck between my teeth. I add some vodka to the raspberries but not enough as it set hard and took ages to soften enough to serve.
Thirty-eight people came and drank 40 bottles of wine. The more they drink the less we have to move when our house sale goes through.
We left it too late to arrange a burger flipper. All the nephews are too old for that stuff. They are all graduated and have proper jobs that pay real money. Instead our friend Grant did the honours for quite some time which allowed me to mingle and so we gave him some very tasty Riesling as a thank you.
Next year the BBQ will be on the green outside our new flat. Looking forward to that.
Edit: This was actually number eight, we skipped the bbq in 2013.