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Barbecue menu: sizzlingly good

 

This barbecue menu for 4-6 has something to please everyone, from meaty lamb or chicken kebabs and a new recipe for halloumi cheese kebabs with a piquant tomato salsa, to salads that are 'food of the gods' and 'lovely for outdoor eating'. And, because you will be so busy giving your guests a grilling, both the desserts are made in advance. 



 

 


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Camargue Red Rice Salad with Feta Cheese

 This is a lovely salad for outdoor eating on a warm, sunny summer's day.  

Marinated Halloumi Cheese Kebabs with Herbs and Fresh Mexican Tomato Salsa 

Marinated Halloumi Cheese Kebabs with Herbs and Fresh Mexican Tomato Salsa

This is something for the vegetarian barbecue. It has all the fun and flavour - but without meat.

 
 
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Spiced Lamb and Cashew Kebabs

When I was fortunate enough to have a holiday in Hong Kong, I visited a restaurant at Repulse Bay called Spices. I was so taken by the spicy kebabs I had there that on my return home I immediately tried to make them – and I think this is fairly close to the original! 
 

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Grilled Lemon Chicken Kebabs 

This is what we all need – something easy to prepare and really fast to cook that also tastes exceptionally good. Serve with rice or salad or both, or, instead of the rice, warm crusty bread to dip into the juices.

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Toasted Sweetcorn Salsa

If possible make this salsa about half an hour before you serve it to allow the flavours to develop.

 

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Roasted Tomato Salad 

If you are a tomato addict, like me, and you think that good bread dipped into fruity olive oil and tomato juices is the food of the gods, then roast the tomatoes first and you'll agree that the gods have excelled themselves.

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Desserts (serve just one, or both!) 

Lemon Meringue Ice Cream

This is sharp, very lemony and most refreshing, truly an ice cream for summer. We have found that the shop-bought meringues actually work better than home-made ones for this as they retain their crunchiness – which does make the whole thing easier to make! Please note: the quantity of this ice cream is too much for a standard ice cream maker.

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A Terrine of Summer Fruits

This one is a stunner. It's also dead easy to make and slices like a dream – a lovely, fresh-tasting, summer dessert. It's important to have two tins because the terrine needs to be weighted while it is setting.

 Which wine? Here are our suggestions for wine to serve with barbecue food...

 

 

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