A few weekends ago we had our first barbecue of the year. A few friends came over,
for a very relaxed lunch, sitting in the garden. The weather was glorious, I hadn't seen
some of the people for months and it was a beautiful afternoon.
combination of people invited also meant a combination of food requirements - vegetarian,
wheat free and dairy free. After a busy week I wanted the lunch to be very low fuss,
spending minimal time in the kitchen.Vegan "sausage"
we started off with a batch of these "sausage" rolls from Where's the Beef
. I've made this
recipe countless times, they're delicious, easy and always go down well a treat. I
pre-made them and then cooked when the guests arrived.Sweet potato
and coriander fritters:
we had loads of sweet potato, leftover from the last few
week's vegetable boxes. So I used them to make these
. I replaced the parmesan with some miso, because of the dairy intolerant
friend. The fritters were absolutely delicious and barbecued really well. I made double
the batch and have about a third left, for lunches and dinners this week.Barbecued eggplant with tahini sauce:
a variation on a recipe from the
cookbook, we sliced up some eggplant and salted them. I made a
marinade of olive oil, lemon juice, chilli, fresh coriander and garlic, plus an easy
tahini and lemon sauce. We then cooked the eggplant slices on the barbecue, put
them on a plate, poured over the olive oil marinade and served with the tahini sauce.Chilli tofu:
we thickly sliced some tofu and cooked it on the
barbecue with some bought chilli infused sesame oil.Flat
I thickly sliced and then par boiled some potatoes, before
our guests arrived. We also cooked these on the barbecue, together with some sliced
It took me about an hour and a half to pre-make the sausage rolls,
fritters, eggplant marinade and tahini sauce. Then, once our guests arrived I put the
sausage rolls in the oven and par-boiled the potatoes.
Once these were cooked
I sat in the garden, with my friends and a glass of wine and formed the sweet potato mix
into fritters, while chatting away. Everything was then cooked on the barbecue, while we
all sat around enjoying the sunshine.