What is going on with the British weather? Snow, sun, rain, sun, snow, and sun it just can’t make its mind up. Anyhow I have it on good authority that a heat wave is coming; we are all going to be spending small fortunes on sun cream, embracing outdoor living and BBQing all summer long, hoorah. I cannot wait.
One thing I have learnt in life, is that it is all in the preparation, never be the one in the supermarket at 2pm on a Sunday with the last bag of charcoal, and frozen burgers because the fresh ones have sold out, be ready.
So in preparation for said heat wave and a lazy long Father’s Day, enjoying the hot sunshine and a delicious well-planned BBQ we had a little dry run this week and had a nearly BBQ and made my perfect low fat burgers
Once Chris had our swanky new BBQ all built and ready, we decided as the sun was shining we would christen the BBQ for our first al fresco dinner. I headed off to our local butchers for some chicken kebabs and lean mince to make my own recipe low-fat burgers. The thing I love about homemade is that you have the ultimate control over exactly what is in them, you know the mince is lean, and they honestly taste so much better than pre made.
When we were all prepared and the BBQ was roaring, Joe who loves helping out with cooking donned his apron and we started cooking. He loves being involved when it comes to cooking and I would say is much more of a savory chef, however needs close monitoring, especially on in a BBQ situation. So Chris and I were always stood right by him nervously watching every move, yet allowing him that little bit of trust that means so much to him, to enable him to cook a family dinner.
And look at Toby stalking the BBQ; I don’t think I have ever seen him concentrate on anything so much in his furry little life ha ha.
It was all going so well until the wind blew up, and whilst we were stood next to the BBQ we were fine but as soon as we moved away you feel that nip in the air. We decided to eat inside, thus resulting in a half BBQ, alfresco cooking but not quite dining. Joe watching on proudly at us all enjoying his cooking, and looking forward to Father’s Day when he has a full BBQ menu planned.
It has become a tradition for us to enjoy Father’s Day at home, usually the weather is great and we get to chill over a glass of wine and BBQ at home rather than battling crowds for a meal out. And that is exactly where we will be this year, so come on weather we know the heat wave is on its way, just please hurry up.
Check out Debenhams for our super cool Lanmann BBQ and other garden accessories, and great fathers day ideas, and don’t forget my healthy burger recipe below. And please, please do a sun dance for that heat wave!