So, here we go, the season for eating outside, barbecues and picnics is upon us. If the weather would oblige that is. We need things to eat that work inside, cooked in the garden or taken on a picnic without having to completely revise the menu or shopping list if the weather turns against us. Here’s what we have.
First, lovely juicy chicken kebabs which can be grilled or griddled at home or barbequed outside. A bulghar wheat and roasted veg salad with a punchy dressing is easily transported in a tub and put into pitas, wraps or rolls along with chicken, some herby green sauce and garlicky yogurt. Then, a sticky ginger cake is easy to take out and about or can be transformed at home into a glorious rich pudding with the addition of a quick butterscotch sauce and vanilla ice cream.
I would marinade the chicken on Friday when the nippers are at school (it is the work of minutes), make the cake and roast the vegetables for the salad then too. On Saturday make the flatbreads if you are homebound and have time on your hands and children to entertain or buy wraps and get on out there.
The above is not a lot to transport but along with some chilled grapes and drinks for the children and icy cold wine for you makes an absolute feast.
4 Chicken breasts, skin off and cubed
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 lemons juiced
3 cloves garlic crushed
Sprig of rosemary and/or thyme
Pinch of chilli flakes (optional)
Give everything a good mix and put in a bag, I use those ziplock ones, or a bowl and cover with cling film. Put it in the fridge for a couple of hours or overnight. Thread onto skewers (remember to soak them if they are wood so they don’t catch fire) and then cook on your barbecue or under the grill until cooked through. Season with salt then wrap in a flat bread or put in a pitta, add the sauces suggested below and tuck in.
To serve, flatbreads or pitta, garlicky yogurt (see Lamb Meatballs October 2012), rocket, fresh herbs (we like marjoram/oregano and mint), fresh herb sauce (recipe to follow) and chilli sauce, phew.
Here is the Ginger Cake out and about, I will post the recipe later in the week.