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.
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.
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.
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.
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.