Monday 27 August 2018

Sublime Cedar Planked Salmon cooked on a barbecue

With the summer school holidays coming to an end and momentous times ahead for both of our children with our eldest moving to a junior school and our youngest starting infant school, we are going to end the holidays on a high with a big celebratory BBQ.

We love a BBQ with friends and family. Tasty food, great company and garden games for the kids (big kids too) to enjoy in lovely summer weather makes for a fantastic time for all. As we have been so busy over the summer holidays it is also a great excuse to catch up with our nearest and dearest before the back to school routine kicks in.

With it being a celebratory BBQ a big party for our loved ones I want to make it an extra special BBQ. The kids are in charge of organising fun garden games that we all can enjoy. Lee is making sure the party goes with a swing with an eclectic playlist of songs everyone can sing and dance to as well as stocking the bar for merry times plus creating delicious mocktails for those of us who don’t drink alcohol. For our BBQ I am donning my chef hat and creating a tasty selection of foods ideal for the perfect summer BBQ.

To elevate the BBQ food from the standard burgers and bangers (which will still be on the menu as a BBQ is not complete without them!) and wow our guests with a range of new and exciting appetizing and flavourful BBQ food I have been looking for special BBQ recipes.

Thanks to Seasoned Cookery School who specialise in inspirational cookery courses (I am very tempted to sign up to their baking courses to hone my skills in the hope of being able to enter the famous the Great British Bake Off tent as a competitor one day) I have found a fabulous selection of recipes that I will be recreating for our BBQ to dish up a sublime feast for our guests. Herby yoghurt chutney as the perfect accompaniment for spicy food, slow cooker Carolina BBQ chicken that I can prepare in advance to go with fresh bread rolls and summer salads, pineapple and coconut Panna Cotta as a fresh tasting dessert, summer Pimms jelly for the grown-ups and blackcurrant sorbet made with fruit that me and the kids have picked ourselves.  

My favourite recipe I found whilst perusing the Seasoned website that I am excited to try is the simple yet sublime cedar planked salmon cooked on a barbecue. This ingenious way of cooking salmon means that the fish is cooked gently so retains its moisture whilst absorbing the earthy wood flavour from the cedar.

Even though the ingredients needed for this recipe are modest - olive oil, lemon juice, salmon, onion, salt and pepper with sauce/marinade of your choice - the unique cooking technique elevates the salmon from simple to sublime making al fresco dining that little bit more special. The cooking technique is a wonderful combination of barbecue, smoking and steaming which gives the salmon its exceptional and delicate flavour. Ideal with a summer salad the cedar planked salmon cooked on a barbecue is a light and delicious BBQ meal.

To find out how to recreate and serve this sublime salmon recipe take a look here.

Have you tried any new BBQ recipes that have been a hit this summer?

* Collaborative post *

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