In our last blog we wrote about the ‘Rise of the British BBQ’. This is absolutely true. Us Brits are banging out some amazing food and recipes in our BBQ get togethers. We are becoming Kings and Queens of the BBQ and we are here to help you unleash your inner BBQ master.
We are all thinking outside of the box when it comes to our recipes ideas. Let your creative side out. Why not host a vegetarian BBQ feast? Think of all the skewers you can create, from colourful vegetables to seasonal fruits. The options are endless.
Planning for Success
We’ve teamed up with Oliver Woolnough and the team from Nothing But BBQ to guide you through the summer and show you how to upgrade your outdoor experience. We’ve got recipe ideas and creative ways to style up your ‘al fresco’ dining area.
One of our favourite BBQ cookery books which was released recently is Skewered by Marcus Bawdon. Marcus is a bit of a hero of ours as he really knows his stuff. Marcus not only runs Country Wood Smoke BBQ School from his home in Devon but also is the editor of UK BBQ Magazine and has a series of cookery books available.
Fundamentals of Cooking Outdoors
When cooking outdoors you need to know the fundamentals of cooking on a BBQ. From the best fuel to use, smoking woods and how to set up your barbeque, Marcus explains all of this and also why a lid on your BBQ can really help.
Tanzanian Chicken Mishkaki
Oliver Woolnough shows us how to cook one of Marcus’ recipes from Skewered. This recipe is inspired by the flavours of India, The Middle East and Africa.
1 green & 1 red bell pepper
2 skinless chicken breasts
For the Marinade:
4 tbsp plain/natural yogurt
1 tsp ground turmeric
2 finely chopped cloves of garlic
1 tsp runny honey
Juice of 1/2 a lime
Pinch of salt & pepper
2 tsp freshly chopped coriander
Cut the peppers and chicken breasts into 3 x 3cm squares. Mix the marinade ingredients together and stir in the cubes of chicken. Leave to marinate for approximately 1 hour.
Set up your grill with medium to hot coals for close proximity cooking.
Thread 2 cubes of chicken onto each skewer. Now add a few squares of bell pepper. Continue until your skewers are loaded.
Place your skewers onto the grill and cook for a few minutes before turning. Make sure they are cooked thoroughly before serving. This should take approximately 8-10 minutes in total.
Sprinkle with extra coriander to serve.
Now you’ve unleashed your inner BBQ master.
Check out this video of how to create the BBQ Coconut Curry Monkfish recipe from Skewered. This is a mix of coconut milk, curry powder and lime, finished with coriander and freshly chopped chillies.
Don’t Forget The Extras
Your BBQ party doesn’t just have to revolve around the food cooked on the grill. Give your guests a treat with some of their favourite cheeses. We have a wide range of Welsh Slate cheeseboards.
Make It Personal
If it’s a personal touch you’re looking for then look no further than our amazing personalised products. You may be celebrating a ‘BIG’ birthday or having a corporate event, why not serve up some treats on our Welsh slate trays which can be personalised to your design.
You Didn’t Miss It
Don’t worry! You didn’t miss the recipe for this Grilled Sweet Potato Salad from Genevieve Taylor.
Set The Mood
Set the mood for the evening for a catch up with friends and family with Valley Mill’s ranges of candles and candle holders. Not only do they look fantastic but our huge variety of scents will really set the mood too.
A Gift For Your Garden
Welcome your guests with a Valley Mill Welsh slate hanging sign. We have ready made designs or you can personalise them with your very own design.
Here at Valley Mill we have a whole load of products for your Dad/Step-Dad/Grandad etc lined up just for you.
Check back soon at valleymill.co.uk for the latest.