Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Making the Most of Scottish Summer with an Indoor BBQ, Good Music & Good wine


Upon our monthly TQR meeting, we decided due to the absolutely scorching weather we've been so lucky with recently - that we would treat ourselves to a mini indoor BBQ with a couple glasses of Prosecco thanks to Premier Estates Wine.  Edinburgh, as I'm sure many of you know, can be very temperamental with it's weather conditions. One minute it's 20 degree heat and you're sitting in the meadows then the next minute you're running through the Cowgate in warm torrential rain trying to find any sort of shelter. So with that in mind we congregated at my house and cooked up an absolute storm of a summery feast.

The first thing we did when we got in was start prepping all of the ingredients and of course put on some motivational music. We are all a big fan of Zoë's eclectic taste in music - her playlists include everything from Aretha Franklin and Oasis to old school One Direction. So we were all hysterical wondering what would come on next. Music is so important when your having a social gathering, and a set of wireless speakers are great as you can move them from room to room with such ease. We love the Panasonic Wireless Speakers there are so many different varieties; from multi-room speakers so you can have music playing throughout your entire house, to a smaller, water-proof speaker which is perfect for if your going on holiday this summer! They are also really compact and sleek looking which is great if you want to display them around the house. 



With our food we also enjoy some gorgeous prosecco cocktails with the Premier Estates Grand Rosé which was absolutely gorgeous. We added a touch of Chambord and some fresh raspberry's and it tasted divine, the perfect accompaniment to the BBQ style food we ate. We had a gorgeous spread of chicken, halloumi and veg skewers, corn on the cob, pomegranate, mint and feta salad, green beans, guacamole and couscous. We are going to include the recipes bellow, so if you are feeling inspired to have your own indoor BBQ then please tag us in some pictures as we would love to see!




Chicken & Halloumi Skewers

Ingredients

Chicken Breasts
Halloumi 
Red Onion
Mixed Peppers
Skewers
Oil
Mango (if you're feeling adventurous)

Method

1. Chop up all the ingredients into chunk size pieces.

2. Wet the skewers to avoid them burning in the oven.

3. Put the ingredients onto the skewers.

4. Drizzle olive oil, salt and pepper with a spice of your choice (before the mango) and put in a pre-heated oven at 190 (fan) for 20 mins.


Mint, Feta & Pomegranate Salad

Ingredients

Rocket, Spinach and Peppery Salad.
Fresh Mint Leaves
Pomegranate
Feta

Method

1. Wash the salad and mix it together in a large bowl.

2. Add in the mint leaves, chopped feta and pomegranate.

3. Season with salt and pepper then add a touch of dressing for flavour.


Green Bean Salad

Ingredients

Great beans
Salad dressing:
We used a mix of herbs/spices, Olive oil
and white wine vinegar but any dressing you like will do.

Method

1. Boil the green beans in a pan for about 4/5 minutes.

2. Put them into a bowl of iced water until chilled.

3. Add the dressing, simple but delicious.


Guacamole

Ingredients

2 Ripe Avocados
1 Tomato
1 Red Onion
Coriander
1/2 of a Lime

Method

1. Slice and then mash up the avocado into a bowl

2. Chop the red onion and tomato into small chunks and add in.

3. Season with salt and pepper and add in the lime juice.

4. Chop up the coriander losely and add on the top. 

5. Mix together and serve!


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