Thursday, July 26, 2007

Would you believe it, we haven't had a decent barbecue all summer until last Sunday?

For some reason, Mother Nature decreed it should rain only on the weekends and when it was relatively dry, we had other things on the agenda. Anyway, the weather broke and we were promised sunny conditions on the aforementioned Sunday. Plans were hurridly made with the hubby's parents to come over for a barbecue.

I kept it simple because I was still lazy worn out from the holiday and the aftermath of post holiday cleaning and laundry.

On the day itself, my husband got it into his head it would be a great idea to eat under the tree so that's what we did.

We brought out the patio table and I set it accordingly. I also considered the best placement of the table so everyone would be under the shade come early evening. My husband sort of rolled his eyes abit but I can't help it. It's little details that make all the difference sometimes.

So that was that.

Now on to the food... Like I said, I kept it simple.

On the grill we had various sorts of meat and fish kebabs, spare ribs, skewers of red onions and slices of pineapple.

For the sides, I made two types of salads and a yoghurt mint dip for the Turkish bread:
Potato Salad

Tossed Salad

Mint Yoghurt Dip

Turkish Bread

To finish off, we had thick slabs of freshly cut watermelon.

After the meal, my son decided we should all play Uno. He's mad about it now eversince I introduced it to him a few months back. Ironcially, I was about his age when I first started playing. Back in the 80s, it was new and all the rage then. It's also something new for opa and oma who are bridge fanatics.

Having cleared the table to make space for the game, I brought out coffee, tea and Turkish Delight. My husband popped open a bottle of port and we were good to go. I think we played for a good two hours, I can't remember as were having too much fun. Before we knew it, it was 9pm and still bright.

Blooming Jasmine Tea

Something must be said for dining under a tree with the grass beneath your feet. It's such a relaxing and pleasant experience. At one point, I kicked off my sandals just to feel the grass. Couple the aroma of char-grilled food with the scent of freshly cut grass - my husband had just mowed the lawn earlier on in the morning - and you get a bit of heaven.

I'm already itching for the next barbecue.

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The Dutchess of Cookalot whipped this up at 12:01 pm

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Looked like alot of work for a *simple* BBQ...
And nice table setting, I'm ashamed to say that I'm usually too lazy to bother about it. And I'm still waiting for a posting on your meal thrown for your in-laws and of course your trip to Turkey!
And lokum!!!!!
Lotus: Akan datang! Coming soon! LOL.
Ah, the lokum... Those evil morsels made me put on weight!
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