Barbecue summer or wishful thinking

Well the makeover of the patio continues apace, with the fences sorted as well the paving, we went for natural stone in the end and it looks great.

So I am still planning the furniture to use and we are now thinking about a BBQ, hopefully we will get a decent summer this year and be able to sit out with something tasty on the barbecue. I'm quite a fan of experimenting with food and read a number of food blogs and sites for new recipes and ideas.

The BBC Goodfood website has loads of alternative BBQ meals, so I have no excuse to just pop on a sausage or two! Last year I tried Barbecued Greek lamb with tzatziki, which was pretty simple and very tasty!

To make the Greek style Lamb, simply mash up some fresh garlic to a paste (or cheat and buy a ready mashed jar). Mix this with olive oil a dash of lemon juice some oregano and also thyme leaves,  seasoning as you prefer with salt and pepper. Place the lamb into a large porcelain dish and pour the marinade over it. 

You could then cook in the oven but to cook on the barbecue, wait for the coals to turn ashen, then lay the lamb on the grill and cook for 15 mins on each side for meat that is pink, or 20 mins on each side for well done. Remember to take care on the BBQ checking that your food is properly cooked through and then leave the meat to rest for 10 mins before carving up and serving.

However before I dream of a BBQ summer, we still have to decide on the actual furniture for the patio, now the slabs are laid I dont want to hide them all under large garden furniture, so I have pretty much decided to go for a bisto set. Bents Garden and Home have a great selection on their website, and I have pretty much decided on this one:
Capella Bistro Set from Bents
As it is not too big it wont dominate the space and will still allow you to see the lovely stone slabs underneath.

I have my summer bedding arriving this week - I cheated and ordered that online this year, with the various projects at home and on the allotment I opted now to sow too many seeds - although I did do a few. But most are coming as plug plants ready for my pots and baskets - I am also doing some for my neighbours too this year which should give the road a bright shot of colour near to my home!

So hopefully with my plans of BBQ's and summer bedding we wont end up with a washout on the weather like last year - well here's hoping at least!!


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