13 September 2012

GUEST BLOG: A good grilling

By guest blogger KIM IRWIN

After cooking with the residents of the Nell Lane Estate for over two years, we returned on Tuesday night to host an end of season celebratory event and to have a good old catch-up and see what they had been cooking since we were last there.

In hindsight, a BBQ wasn't the best of ideas in light of our horrendous 'summer', but we were kind of banking on a balmy September evening... so after the rain and hail died down, we donned our coats and with true British spirit set up our gazebo and portable gas cookers and got on with it.

It was lovely to see some familiar faces turn up and soon everyone was engrossed in marinating the belly pork which Sarah, our cook, had sourced locally. Lashings of fresh lemon and the pungent smell of oregano was soon hanging in the air and making people's tastebuds tingle. Once the griddle was hot, everyone quickly got busy skewering the pork and sizzling the kebabs on the makeshift barby!

While the meat cooked, Sarah showed us how to make a delicious yoghurt and mint tzatziki to complement the kebabs, and the kids got stuck in with grating the beetroot and carrots to make a super-healthy, mega-tasty salad… wow, what a feast.

Everyone agreed the kebabs were wonderful and, despite the chill in the air, we all enjoyed the experience of eating outside.

We're back next week for our final session with the residents when we'll be cooking up some savoury Middle Eastern pancakes stuffed with all sorts of goodies like refried beans, panfried veggies and delicious salads. Stay tuned to see how it all works out...

There are more photos from this session on the Cracking Good Food Facebook page. Click here to be redirected - and remember to hit the "like" button!

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