When the days were sunny and the BBQs were fired up

Sam Flo bbq

Sam Flo bbq

Looking at the weather outside you might be forgiven for thinking barbecue season has passed us by. We’ve had a typical few weeks of British summer where the summer dresses have been accessorised with jumpers, leggings, waterproofs and some days even socks and boots! It does feel like summer has gone but I’m being optimistic and hoping for many bbq days ahead.

A few weeks ago, when we were making the most of a Sunday when it was actually hot and sunny, we had some friends over for a play in the garden, splash in the padding pool, run around under the sprinkler and of course an afternoon-long bbq lunch.

Where the kids are more than happy with a sausage or burger in a bun and a few sticks of cucumber, it’s nice to at least look like you’re trying to make an effort with a few extra dishes. Now sadly I’m not talking filet steak or lemon sole, although if I had more time to prepare I definitely would be. Between my friend Ling and I we came up with a few crowd-pleasing dishes which the kids tucked into and enjoyed as much as we did.

BBQ napkins and straws close up

BBQ tablescape close up

The first is my favourite homemade cheat’s coleslaw, an old Jamie Oliver recipe which is so quick to make and really yummy. All you do is mix the following ingredients together and add salt and pepper as desired.

1 apple, peeled and grated
2 carrots, peeled and grated
1 tbsp grated parmesan, or any hard cheese you have
1tbsp mayonnaise
Squeeze of lemon juice

It’s such a light recipe and just as good with a salad as much as with a bbq.

Ling had made some gorgeous sausage rolls before she arrived and also a fab cous cous salad, something my friends will know I’m a bit of a sucker for as it’s my work lunch box staple! She also made a lovely potato salad, with lots of fresh dill on top which was so nice.

To make the cous cous salad, you can just make up some cous cous and throw in whatever you have in the fridge that you fancy. I usually use some chopped up cucumber and peppers, a bit of feta, lots of chopped mint if aI have it and a generous amount of lemon juice. Chick peas are also good if you have them, and of course crumbled feta cheese, which if you ask me is good with absolutely anything.

bbq party food

sausage rolls made by Ling

I nearly always make a few quick veggie kebabs as well, with halloumi – again if I have any in.

I bought most of my ingredients for the barbie from Aldi, I do a lot of shopping there anyway but they are particularly good for things like sausages, these really nice brioche burger buns and if you can spot it in the photos, this wicker napkin holder with the American-style burger bar napkins. I think the holder was about £4 and the napkins were £1. Who can resist the bargain aisles in that shop?

We also tried their lamb kebabs which you can see here cooking, and they were really delicious.

What are your bbq favourites?

x Julia

This post was written in collaboration with Aldi.

Carrot and apple coleslaw

BBQ table in the garden

Sausages on the gas barbecue

bbq cous cous

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    July 3, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    Loving your BBQ work. I bought some pork, maple syrup and smoked bacon sausages from the supermarket god that is Aldi last week. They were good. They also had some minted lamb burgers which I was eying up. We know how to live!

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    July 3, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    Oh hang on, and, er, don’t tell anyone, but those bottles of ready-made sangria called Sangriana. Close your eyes and you could almost be in Soller. Almost. Bloody love Aldi. This post was not written in collaboration with Aldi. I just love ’em.

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      July 3, 2016 at 9:39 pm

      Haha! Oh yeah, I LOVE those bottles of Sangriana too, so good! Need to get some and we can get together and fire up that barbie – or maybe just have a drink! xx

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    July 3, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    That looks scrumptious, we just need more sunshine!
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      July 5, 2016 at 6:40 am

      We definitely do! x

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    Hayley @hayleyfromhome
    July 6, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    That looks like an ace BBQ, I’m all about the sides with a BBQ, I like the make all the salads and little extras. One of my favourites is roasted baby potatoes with olive oil and Maldon salt, so easy to do but really good. I keep eyeing up those wicker accessories in Aldi, they look so good in your photos, I might pick a few bits up next time I’m there 🙂 xx
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    Tracey Williams
    July 6, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    I am always in awe of other peoples BBQ as ours always looks the same, burgers, sausages and buns lol. Next time I am definitely trying your cous cous side and pushing my BBQ boundaries. Just need some sun now x
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    sarah christie
    July 7, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    Ooh I am so going to try that coleslaw. Coleslaw is one of my favourite but low fat it always rubbish. I am going to make my own version this year you have inspired my Julia x

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    Mini Travellers
    July 8, 2016 at 10:22 am

    Love the tip in the comments about the Sangria too!!! Got to Love Aldi!
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    Katie @mummydaddyme
    July 8, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    Yay to BBQ’s. We haven’t had one yet this summer and were hoping to this weekend but it isn’t looking likely sadly with the rain forecast! x

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    July 8, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    This looks like my kind of bar-b-q….yum xx Love your napkins too x
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