Chicken, Bacon, Halloumi, Peppers and Onions, Skewered - It's BBQ Time!

We bought a new BBQ a little while ago but ever since (in true UK style) the weather has been cold. Last weekend we finally had summer, but everyone's now wondering if that was our summer!
Anyway, we had a few really nice hot days and at last, two days in a row out came the shiny new BBQ.

 Chicken, bacon, halloumi cheese, red peppers and onion. One big skewer each - along with some other good stuff of course!


Tandoori Style Chicken Skewers

A perfect starter to an Indian meal which is easy to make and looks amazing.

Marinading the chicken in the lime juice makes the chicken nice and tender.

Tate and Lyle Fairtrade Cane Sugar

A parcel arrived containing some Tate and Lyle Fairtrade cane sugars that had been very kindly sent to me thanks to Jo.

Tate and Lyle have a fantastic range of different sugars and they have a website and a FaceBook page too called 'We Love Baking'.  
It's a great page where you can chat and swap recipes, give your advice to others and also pick up hints and tips too!
If you love baking, why not pop over now and join in the fun.
Thanks again to Tate and Lyle and Jo, I'll soon be making something yummy with all these lovely sugars and will of course do another post!

Jan's Spaghetti Bolognaise

This is my version of spaghetti bolognaise (bolognese) or Spag Bol.  
Although it's really simple to make it isn't a 10 minute job......all good things are worth waiting for and all that!
Far better than those jars of ready made sauce that all seem to be the same colour whatever brand you look at.  With red wine and herbs, with extra garlic, without garlic, original, traditional - they're all the same colour!
If you're fussed that it takes too long why not make double the amount and freeze it - dinner another day will then be sorted as quick as you like.


Bourbon Whisky Cream and Mushroom Sauce

I was very kindly sent a bottle of 'Four Roses' Yellow label Bourbon Whiskey and so I made a really nice sauce with it - no not the whole bottle!

About Four Roses:
Four Roses is the only bourbon distillery in the world to combine 5 yeast strains with 2 separate mash bills to produce their 10 distinct bourbon recipes, each with a unique character, spiciness and rich fruit flavour.
All 10 of the recipes are gently aged, undisturbed in new white oak barrels that sit within one of a kind single storey rack warehouses, this process enables an unrivaled consistency to the Four Roses Yellow Label taste.

Now, your imagination is needed as my pictures didn't turn out too good so I couldn't post one.
Imagine a creamy, mushroomy sauce with a nice background taste of Bourbon Whiskey.  

**If you want to serve with steak then I'd use a Beef stock cube instead of chicken.

Makes enough to serve 4
2 Portobello mushrooms - chopped
a glug of oil
a knob of butter
100ml Four Roses Bourbon Yellow Label Whiskey
300ml chicken or beef stock - made from a Knorr stock cube
100ml double cream
a splash of Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon Muscovado sugar
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 

How to do it:
In a frying pan heat the oil and butter till nice and hot, throw in the mushrooms moving them about with a wooden spoon. When they're nicely coloured remove and set aside.  In a small saucepan put in the hot stock and the Whiskey. Boil for about 3 minutes.  Sir in the cream and add a shake of Worcestershire sauce then stir in the sugar.  Season with a little salt and some black pepper and have a taste.  Simmer for about 3 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened slightly. Once it has throw in the cooked mushrooms and heat through.  Serve immediately with chicken or with a nice steak.


Cayenne and Chive Potato Wedges

Nice and crispy outside, soft on the inside and with a nice heat from the Cayenne pepper.  
Nothing else needed apart from a bowl of sour cream and chive dip for dunking.

Parmesan and Spinach Polenta - Pan Fried with Crispy Bacon

Merchant Gourmet very kindly sent me some of their 1 minute Polenta -  Marvelous stuff!  
No more standing over the stove top, stirring for an age to get perfect lump free Polenta. However, the pack of Polenta came with a challenge!
To come up with a simple easy to make recipe that could be made from start to finish in 20 minutes and that was to include preparation time!

See over for the recipe:

Jan's Sticky Sweet Chilli and Ginger Chicken

Sticky sweet chilli chicken with a hint of ginger and cooked to perfection.  Tasty, moist and falling off the bone.
This would be ideal for cooking on the BBQ but sadly the weather here in the UK, has only on a few occasions so far, this year been nice enough.  
Yesterday wasn't one of those days.  So I had to cook this in the oven - but hey ho it still tasted GOOD.

 I messed about yesterday till I got the marinade right, adding a bit of this a bit of that and a bit more of the other till I was happy.


How to Make Doner Kebab at Home

Hungry?  Thinly sliced steak, quickly fried in nice spices served with salad and hot n spicy pepper sauce - you can't beat it!

Now this is my version and I'm not saying it's exactly like the Doner kebab you'll find from a typical takeaway, but the taste is good and at least you'll know what you put in it!

Of course you can go out and buy a Doner kebab from the takeaway, or even have one delivered.  Problem is, they do tend to be made up of lord knows what kind of meat and you never know what 'extra bits' you might find.

Homemade Doner Kebab

You can use lamb if you prefer serve with thin and crispy fries.

How to Make Egg Fried Rice

Egg fried rice - perfect for any Chinese meal or, of course, whatever you fancy.

Egg Fried Rice

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