Sunday, June 17, 2007

The weekend that summer teased us

A few Saturdays ago it was actually sunny and warm enough for us to feel the need to quickly pack up a bunch of stuff and run down to the beach to lounge around with slushy watermelon drinks, play scrabble and... barbeque!

So, pre-running down to find a nice grassy spot with a good view of the sunset we threw together some things to eat and drink. Here's what it takes:

1. Make Watermelon slushies – cut a fresh watermelon into chunks (1 mini watermelon or 1/4 large) and thow into the blender along with a handful or two of ice cubes, juice of 1 lime, and a few glugs of rum. Blend and then pour into a large bottle/jug with a lid and keep it in the freezer until you're ready to leave.

2. Make cucumber salad – a recipe my mom used to make, which has become my favourite refreshing side dish, usually to go along with spicy asian food of some kind, but always good for a barbeque too:

Thai Cucumber Salad
1 large cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
1/2 cup red onions, very finely minced
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup fresh cilantro and/or mint, minced
1/2 cup sweet red pepper, minced
1–2 thai red chilis, minced

Stir it all together and let marinate – it tastes best when it's sat for a while (and looks best sitting on the grass at sunset, obviously).
3. Assemble salmon packet – place fresh salmon fillet on a large piece of tinfoil, cover with lemon slices and chopped fresh herbs (we used basil and tarragon this time), and wrap it all up.

4. Assemble veggie packets – chop potatoes and tomatoes into chunks and place in tinfoil with lots of butter, whole garlic cloves, fresh herbs (we used thyme and marjoram), and salt and pepper, and wrap it all up.

That's it! Once at the beach, we got to just relax and let the bbq do all the work. Which gave us time to consume a bottle of prosecco and another of pinot blanc, and to learn that the capitol of Florida is Tallahassee. Mmmm, if we lived in Florida it would probably feel like summer now, and we could have more barbeques...


Laura said...

Meg, those photos are amazing! I love the one with the cucumber salad and the grass - very Monet's waterlilies. I wonder if Monet ever had a beach barbeque? Maybe he was inspired. I love the forkful illuminated by the setting sun, too.

Would you mind labelling this entry - I couldn't figure out if it would be "recipe thai salad" or "recipe cucumber salad" or just "recipe salad" - or something else entirely. It just helps me find things again later on. Did we blog about the same cucumber salad on the same day? :)

Meg said...

With that amazing garden he had, I hope Monet had many picnics. Maybe one or two involved a cucumber salad...

Yeah, Michelle and I were having lots of fun capturing the food in the magic hour. I can't wait to see how her film shots turned out.