Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Alfresco Lunch 1st December

Sometimes its great living here in Spain.  Yes it was cold this morning and it is going to be cold tonight but during the day the sun shines bright and the sky is blue and so why not light the BBQ?  There is a reason why so many people love barbecued food.  The direct heat and smoke from the coals caramelises, and flavours the outer skin of the meat in a way the cooker grill just isn't able to.

Woman had defrosted some belly pork and coated it with a mixture of treacle and soy sauce, salt and pepper and left it to marinate in the fridge for about 12 hours.  

The coals are left to turn white hot.  Actually I should have used more.  Six belly pork slices did not fit on in one go.  Alarmingly the grease dripped from the pork onto the coals and huge flames shot up.  At this point Woman moved the whole grill up a notch so that it was farther away from the coals.

The smoke is supposed to go up the chimney but just as much is coming out the front of the BBQ.  I am not sure this is right.  The BBQ chimney top has actually been fitted around the wrong way but Man says this isn't the issue - and Man should know.  Further investigation is needed once the BBQ cools.

Woman is starting to get the hang of this.  The knack is to have everything ready before you start cooking.  Home made baked beans in tomato sauce are warming in among the coals.

The kitchen is still not totally finished.  A bit of plaster needed in places (Man's work) and the curtains are yet to be sewn (Woman's work).  But even so... there is nothing nicer than eating outside in the sunshine.

Man Smiles ergo Woman Smiles back.

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