In case you didn’t know this week is National Barbecue Week but of course in true British fashion we don’t really have the weather to back it up! Home Bargains sent me some lovely barbecue items and me and my husband planned a lovely night in, a BBQ supper for two, once the children were in bed. We are very much a cliche when it comes to a barbecue as my man does the grilling and I do the salads. We often have friends over for barbacues and I love hunting down some bargains to add to our outdoor dining collection. I am thrilled with the items from Home Bargains as they are perfect for planning a barbecue or outdoor party.
Sadly, the weather let us down on this occasion but as I had already planned a couple of delicious barbecue side dishes to accompany the burgers I went ahead with them and added a cheeky cocktail (or two)!
Here is what I made:
Halloumi, Roasted Vegetable & Cous Cous Salad – Roasted vegetables always go down well in our house: this one is peppers, onions, courgette and tomato, seasoned with a little salt and pepper and oregano and spayed with oil. The great thing about this is you can just use whatever you have in. Just roast them in the oven at 180C for around 20-30 minutes. I add to it some cous cous and spinach; I like the flavoured ones that come out the packet…no fuss. On top of all that goes grilled halloumi which you could easily grill on the barbecue but I just fry for a couple of minutes either side. I make this all year round but it is fantastic to go alongside a barbecue, especially as I have a few vegetarian friends who can feel left out when all they are offered is grilled meat.
Hasselback Potatoes – I use baby potatoes and slice them in a wooden spoon so they are ridged but stay as a whole potato. I just pop them in a little roasting tin, sprayed with oil and sprinkle on some garlic granules and sea salt. Roast them at around 180C in the oven until they are crisp and brown These are so easy to make and a real crowd-pleaser.
Elderflower & Prosecco Cocktail – quiet simply two thirds prosecco, one third elderflower presse, mix and add ice cubes with mint leaves inside. Refreshing and fabulous!
These look delicious served up on the plastic bowl, platter and tumblers from the Botanical Living range in Home Bargains, priced from 49p.
In keeping with the date night spirit I laid out the picnic rug (£4.99) for a cosy setting!
Thank you Home Bargains for the barbecue and picnic goodies, we were really impressed with this great value range. Hopefully we’ll have a barbecue in the sun soon!
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