Apologies for the missing accent over the ‘e’ of cliché in the title – can’t see how to get the symbol up in the title box?
Anyway… As a family we proved ourselves to be totally predictable yesterday. The sun was shining – let’s have a barbecue!
In fairness this is not something that is a regular feature in our lives. In fact this was our first ever barbecue. OH has always grumbled that barbecues are nothing more than an excuse for serving up badly cooked food. At the end of last summer, however, he obviously had a brain-freeze moment and decided that we should get a barbecue (in the end of summer sales so we could get a good one for not much money). And so yesterday was the first time we had ourselves a barbecue. And it was good.
OH has now declared that ‘we will be doing this a lot over the summer’. I am not sure what has happened to him. Maybe it’s an age-related determination to prove his ‘hunter-gatherer’ qualities and a ‘man make fire-Neanderthal’ throwback blip. But really, until he heads out, kills the animal and drags it back over his shoulder before flinging it on the fire then it really is just outdoor cooking with food bought from the supermarket.
Our cats, however, did decide to demonstrate their hunter-gatherer abilities in the middle of our barbecue as they came over the fence at the same time, both carrying dead rabbits in their mouths which they preceded to drop at OH’s feet as he was cooking our chicken, meatballs, peppers, and stuffed mushrooms on the barbecue.
It was a weird moment as they both sat with their dead rabbits in front of them looking from rabbit to OH as if they expected him to cook them! I would have got my camera to take photos but had to deal with floods of tears from Flo as she gets so upset when the cats kill and was desperately sad about the ‘poor dead bunnies’.
So I took Flo inside while OH dealt with cats and dead rabbits. Then Flo and I came back out to finish our food – but to be honest the moment had been tainted somewhat…
For pudding though we did have the best ice-cream ever and I recommend it to you. It is from Nigella Lawson’s How to Eat book (p.282)
420ml double cream
170g icing sugar
You want the zest of 2 of the lemons and the juice from all three mixed with the icing sugar. Then whisk up your double cream until it starts to thicken and form soft peaks. Then mix in your lemon juice/zest/icing sugar mixture in to the thickened cream.
Place in a Tupperware container, lid on and freeze. That is it. You don’t need to remove it after a certain time and bash up the ice crystals, it could not be easier. It does freeze hard so you do need to take it out of the freezer a good 30 minutes before you want to eat it.
Do try it, it is so good.
And that was it. Our first barbecue of the summer was a success in terms of cooking and food but the overall enjoyment was negated somewhat by the addition of two dead rabbits.
I hope you all had a lovely weekend.