Outdoor Living: The #BBQChallenge with B&Q Part 1

This week, it’s National BBQ Week, which is really great timing, as we’ve just accepted the #BBQChallenge from B&Q.

I am testing out a brand new Bondi G300 BBQ from B&Q, and trying out as many recipes as I can, and as many as we can eat! B&Q will be sharing my recipes with their social media followers, along with those from others taking part in the challenge, and asking them to choose their favourites. I would love to know what you think of the recipes I’ve tried so far.

Earlier this year, I went along to the B&Q press event, looking at the new Spring/Summer 14 ranges, including the BBQs. I remember listening to the research that they had undertaken over the last few years, to design and manufacture the ‘perfect’ BBQ. They’d looked at the best position for the warming rack, the best way for the oil to drain, what shape certain components needed to be, and so on. No other company has done such research, and I remember being very impressed.

So, when B&Q asked me if I’d like to try out one of their new BBQs and take part in this challenge, I jumped at the chance.

I have to create and cook at least 5 recipes, including one breakfast, a lunch, and a dinner, so here’s what we’ve done so far.

Breakfast: Weekend American Pancakes, French Toast, Bacon and Berries

I had great fun with this one, and can’t tell you how easy it was to do. Admittedly, you wouldn’t want to do it every day of the week, but it was a lovely treat on a sunny Sunday morning. The American pancake mixture took 5 minutes to prepare, using eggs, melted butter, flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. It’s a really thick mixture but they cooked beautifully on the hot plate on the BBQ. I actually couldn’t believe how easy it was.

Breakfast prep

For the french toast, I used a healthy Slimming World recipe, and just beat a little cinnamon into some eggs, dipped the bread on both sides and grilled on the BBQ for 3 minutes or so on each side. Simple and really tasty.

Finally, the bacon cooked liked a dream and the whole thing was ready in a matter of 10 minutes.

Drizzle a litte honey over the pancakes and berries for that extra delicious touch.

Breakfast on the bbq

BBQ Breakfast

 

Lunch: Veggie Sausage Tacos with Halloumi, Courgette and Mint Kebabs

We decided to share our new BBQ with some friends for lunch, and as they’re vegetarian, cooked up a little veggie feast.

Grilling the veggie sausages was easy (just brush them with a little oil) and then once they were chopped into small pieces, we could assemble the warmed tacos with a few salad vegetables and cheese. Mmmm… delicious.

#bbqchallenge

 

BBQ Veggie Lunch

The Halloumi kebabs did actually take a little more work than I anticipated. This one is a simple Jamie Oliver recipe I found on the internet. I chopped the halloumi and peppers, putting them in a bowl with chopped mint, grated lemon rind, olive oil and seasoning, along with sliced ribbons of courgette. After leaving them to marinade for half an hour, I assembled the kebabs (the tricky, messy part!) and grilled them on the BBQ.

To be honest, they were worth the effort, and tasted gorgeous, so I hope they made a lovely treat for the veggie feast.

Halloumi Kebabs

Halloumi mint kebabs

 

So what do you think of my meals so far?

I was really pleased with both. The breakfast was delicious, and a real treat for a weekend, whilst the veggie lunch was a little more work, but turned out well too.

Watch out for my follow up post later this week, with my Dinner recipes, as we really put our new BBQ through its paces.

Have you been using your BBQ this week?

Disclaimer: I was gifted the bbq and food from B&Q, but all work, comments and opinions are genuine, honest and my own.

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39 Comments

  1. June 3, 2014 / 11:26 am

    I had never even considered BBQ for breakfast! I love haloumi and veg kebabs, def my fav BBQ food. Though my kids love BBQ biscuits best!

    • June 3, 2014 / 9:54 pm

      I’d never considered breakfast on the bbq either until I saw the hot plate. Worked like a dream!

  2. June 3, 2014 / 11:53 am

    Wow! Pancakes on the BBQ is not something I’d ever have considered! Such lovely ideas for outside eating, and my family are huge fans of hotting up the coals. Feeling inspired now.

    • June 3, 2014 / 9:55 pm

      Thanks Helen, we’re really getting into it now!

  3. June 3, 2014 / 1:20 pm

    The halloumi kebabs look wonderful! We cook outside a lot in the summer but not on a traditional barbecue. We have a medieval cooking stand which we used to take to re enactments – and it’s awesome to cook on – nothing quite like outside living!

    • June 3, 2014 / 9:56 pm

      Thanks Mary, I’ve never tried cooking with halloumi before, and it was a bit tricky, but well worth the effort.

  4. June 3, 2014 / 1:34 pm

    Great mental image of you and the family literally living outside by the BBQ for a week. Come rain or shine. Those breakfast foods look amazing!

    • June 3, 2014 / 9:56 pm

      Haha Eleanor, I’m not sure that’s totally true, but we’re giving it a good go.

  5. June 3, 2014 / 2:19 pm

    now i feel hungry! that food looks so good and i am in awe of yur BBQ!! x

    • June 3, 2014 / 9:57 pm

      Hehe, is that BBQ Envy then Jenny?! šŸ™‚

  6. June 3, 2014 / 2:23 pm

    WOW – all looks lovely to me šŸ™‚ I absolutely love the idea of every meal being a BBQ one. We did a whole curry night on our BBQ last year, and it was fantastic.

    • June 3, 2014 / 10:07 pm

      Curry on the BBQ sounds intriguing, must look that up!

  7. June 3, 2014 / 6:30 pm

    mmmm those veggie tacos look delish! I am also in awe of your BBQ! x

    • June 3, 2014 / 9:58 pm

      Hey Fritha, thanks, they were very tasty. x

  8. June 3, 2014 / 7:06 pm

    I’m lusting after your shiny new Barbie! Your meals sound amazing, i’d never have thought to fire up the BBQ for breakfast but when we have our kitchen ripped out I may well have to!

    • June 3, 2014 / 9:59 pm

      I’m really glad we did you know Liz, it was such a lovely morning, and it meant we made the most of it. Good luck with the kitchen renovations!

  9. June 3, 2014 / 7:15 pm

    would never have thought to BBQ our breakfast {apart from when we’re at festivals and then we do!} We use our gas BBQ so much – we’ve even been known to use it in the middle of winter!

    • June 3, 2014 / 10:00 pm

      We’re really getting into it now Polly, having only used charcoal before. This one is so instant, it’s brilliant!

  10. June 3, 2014 / 7:24 pm

    That food looks amazing, halloumi is one of my most favourite foods! And the BBQ looks awesome too x

    • June 3, 2014 / 10:01 pm

      Thanks Jess, I’m quite new to it, but loving the salty flavour. šŸ™‚

  11. June 3, 2014 / 7:56 pm

    Wow I really want to come to your house for breakfast. Amazing recipes and a great idea to use the barbecue, I love the idea of relaxing weekend breakfasts from the barbecue

    • June 3, 2014 / 10:02 pm

      I’ll definitely do the pancakes again, the whole family loved them! Thanks Nikki.

  12. June 3, 2014 / 8:09 pm

    Oh how interesting! Breakfast on the BBQ! Love them!

  13. June 3, 2014 / 8:55 pm

    It looks like a fantastic BBQ and I love the idea of getting outside to cook brekkie in the Summer. I would be first in line for the cinnamon toast šŸ™‚

    • June 3, 2014 / 10:04 pm

      I’ve often done cinnamon toast in a dry pan, but it tasted so much better on the bbq

  14. June 3, 2014 / 9:16 pm

    I was there too, and was extremely impressed with the BBQ, so much research had gone into it. Loving your recipes…breakfast on the BBQ, I am loving that idea. I’m, praying for goof weather at the weekend so we can try it!

    • June 3, 2014 / 10:05 pm

      You were! And it was so fascinating wasn’t it? You will have to come round for breakfast, or maybe brunch on the bbq šŸ˜‰

  15. Penny A Residence
    June 3, 2014 / 9:49 pm

    YUMMMY!!!! Oh Jen I want those veggie kebabs and I think they are totally allowed foods on this diet I am on HURRAH!

    • June 3, 2014 / 10:06 pm

      Hurrah indeed! Yes, let’s do it soon, I need to practice them more.

  16. June 4, 2014 / 1:45 am

    Oh my goodness, are you kidding me? Pancakes and barbecues are two of my husband’s absolute favourite things in the world, but I would NEVER have thought to combine them! It’s winter here now, so may be a few months before we can wheel our BBQ out again, but I know the first thing we’re trying out on it when we do!

  17. June 4, 2014 / 9:37 am

    I am loving the look of your BBQ and love the idea of pancakes on it šŸ™‚

  18. June 4, 2014 / 9:42 am

    sometimes i feel like i’m the only person ever that doesn’t like bbq food. the smell makes me feel ill! i must admit, i don’t mind some bbq’d veggies though.

  19. June 4, 2014 / 11:52 pm

    This is mouth-watering. I love bacon on a BBQ. And, oh, haloumi! Have pinned for later.

  20. June 6, 2014 / 12:24 am

    Wow a BBQ challenge – how much fun, especially with going into summer – that breakfast looks so yummy especially the pancakes šŸ™‚

    Laura x

  21. June 11, 2014 / 8:24 am

    Wow! I’m so impressed a) by the pancakes being done on the BBQ and also b) the idea of sausage tacos.
    All look absolutely delicious. I am loving having the BBQ out again. It’s such a brilliant summer time tradition isn’t it?

  22. February 26, 2015 / 6:00 pm

    Good stuff. Speaking of breakfast on the grill, I saw a product recently that lays on your bbq grill so you can make eggs and pancakes. It looked like a good idea.

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