Wednesday, 2 May 2018

May Day is BBQ Day

May Day

A case of up the workers, round the Maypole and out with the Barbecue.

This pagan Anglo-Saxon celebration of fertility, new birth and fresh hopes hails Spring at its height, whilst looking forward to Summer, just a few horizons hence:
"Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,  And summer’s lease hath all too short a date.” - William Shakespeare.
"Among the changing months, May stands confest the sweetest, and in fairest colours dressed.” - James Thomson

Did you know: James Thomson wrote the lyrics for Rule Britannia in 1750 - Blest Isle! With matchless beauty crown'd...

Well yes, all that but what about the serious stuff - real ale on the village green; the crowning of the May Queen in honour of the Roman Goddess, Flora; the obligatory Morris Dancing ... and of course, family barbeques.

May Day is BBQ Day - hooray !

We love a good BBQ...

...and a good barbeque deserves 
a great marinades, sauces or relish.

Stokes Red Onion Marmalade makes a classy burger topping too
Stokes Original BBQ Sauce is a thick, smoky sauce with natural blossom honey and a molasses-style sweetness that can be used as an accompaniment, a marinade or a dipping sauce.

Stokes Hot & Spicy BBQ Sauce is just that - a sweet, smoke flavoured BBQ sauce with heat developing as an after flavour from subtle flecks of chilli seeds.

Stokes Sweet & Sticky BBQ Sauce is another variation with a sweet & sticky flavour including a kick of British horseradish, rounding off sweet maple syrup.

Stokes Burger Relish will transform burgers into something stylish with our rich, slightly sweet tasting red pepper, tomato and onion salsa with a subtle note of chilli. 

Magical Marinades

A marinade is a simple way of tenderising meats and infusing flavour into just about anything you intend to cook on the barbeque. They don't need to be intricate, complicated or time consuming to turn a simple 'char fest' into an 'al fresco feast'. Portobello

In a shallow bowl capable of fitting 4 Portobello Mushrooms, thin out 3 tablespoons of Stokes Original BBQ Sauce with extra virgin olive oil and a dash or two of balsamic vinegar.

Coat the mushrooms and leave them to absorb the flavours for 20 minutes or so. Grill on a gentler corner of the BBQ. Turn half way and top with a slice of mozzarella cheese.

Smoky chilli honey marinade

Very simple and perfect for pork ribs. Mix three tablespoons of Stokes Hot & Spicy BBQ Sauce with the same amount of runny honey and a teaspoon of Stokes Cider & Horseradish Mustard.

The smokiness of the BBQ sauce and heat of the chilli flakes work well with the sweet honey, punctuated by the grainy mustard and horseradish bite. Coat the ribs generously as a marinade and brush on whilst cooking.
Sweet chilli & ginger prawns

Plump, juicy prawns just love swimming in this marinade before warming  themselves on the barbeque.

Mix 3 tablespoons of Stokes Sweet Chilli Sauce, a tablespoon of our Hoisin Sauce and a cup of dry cider. Add 2 cm of grated fresh ginger and the same of lemongrass. It's a great combination that works equally well on salmon steaks.

"The dollop"
...or of course, you can just dollop your favourite sauce combinations over chicken wings & drumsticks - and off you go!

More foodie thoughts for the week:

International Hummus Day - who knew they'd taste so good here.

Gluten free baking for Coeliac Awareness Week here.

We win, you win, everyone's a winner here.

If good food makes you happy
...adding Stokes will make you smile ;)


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