Let´s have a barbie!
What is it about bbqs that we all like in London? OK, people hold barbies all over the world. They have been well-publicised in US movies, etc. To me, there is something especial when I attend a barbeque in London after a miserable winter. It is another way to enjoy sunshine. I find it a refreshing alternative to pubs and bars during winter. Some food and drinks to share, some music and voilà! People even do it during winter if they are lucky enough to have a sheltered area to prevent rain from spoiling the fun.
There is a yummy recipe for you below.
The history of barbequeing is a interesting one – everyone has their own version. Check the infographic below. The origin of the word barbeque to begin with is unknown. Maybe, that is one of the reasons why there are multiple ways to spell it, like barbeque or barbecue. Apparently, barbie is widely used down under (any Aussies out there can confirm this, please?).
A fun explanation to this might be a nineteenth century advert for a bar, where whiskey, pool and roast pig were served: BAR-BEER-CUE-PIG. It is also widely thought that it comes from the Spanish word barbacoa, given to the device made by the Taino Indians in America to grill food.
Who started it is a different question. For some people, it all started with the Polynesians, and then it got spread all over the place. However, what about the primitive men who finally discover fire? They surely built up some device or other to help them cooking meat.
Courtesy of PC Richard & Son blog.
Recipe time! Cut a banana lengthways and place some pieces of cheese on the slot. Then, tight the foil around it without pressing firmly, much in the same way you would do with salmon. Place it on the barbie for about five minutes, and there you go! Be careful when opening the foil, though. Enjoy!