Monday, 27 February 2012

023 - Chicken Tikka Skewers

After the Christmas, New Year & Birthday binges, I'm currently trying to lose some of the "winter layers"! Being on a diet, and still enjoying BBQ food might sound like a contradiction. But, as with any style of cooking, the ingredients used are the main contributing factor when it comes to how healthy the meal is. After all, we're always being advised to grill our food rather than frying it. And what is barbecuing if it isn't a much more enjoyable form of grilling! :-)

That brings us nicely onto number 23 of 100 things to BBQ... Chicken Tikka Skewers.

There's very little prep involved for this recipe. I mixed up a sauce of roughly 1 part curry paste to 3 parts yoghurt (low fat of course!). Added it to a bowl along with the cubed skinless chicken breasts and left it to marinate in the fridge for a couple of hours.

The Weber Smokey Joe was my grill of choice for this recipe. It uses less coals, so is quicker to light, but still has plenty of grill space to comfortably fit the 4 skewers I was planning on cooking.

I prepared the skewers by alternately threading chicken pieces and cherry tomatoes on to them. Then grilled them for roughly 10 minutes, turning a few times, keeping the lid down as much as possible. The flat blade of the Weber metal skewers make the process of turning the meat really easy - just make sure you don't place the handles directly over the coals...ouch!

To serve, I warmed a few chapatis by grilling them over the coals for half a minute on each side.

Finally, a simple salad made from sliced red onion, cucumber and some baby leaf salad, dressed with a squeeze of lemon juice.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

BBQ in the snow!

Just a quick update, to share a couple of BBQ photos from last weekend. The idea of BBQing in the snow has always been a fun one, but in previous years I've just never gotten around to it. Either my BBQ was stuck at the back of the shed, or I'd have no charcoal... 

We've had a quite a mild winter in the UK this year so I was beginning to think we wouldn't have any snow and that yet another year would pass by with out a snow BBQ! So when snow was forecast for last weekend, I made sure I was ready to go. I even took the step of measuring the charcoal out into the starter chimney and left it ready in the garage! :-)

When Sunday morning came and the snow had arrived, I was up with the larks to light it! 

I chose to slow roast a pork leg joint that I'd picked up on the local market the previous day. It took 4 hours to cook, so gave me plenty of excuses to go out an tend to the BBQ in the snow. Great fun :-)