Bar B Quickies

Hi guys

Its that bar-b-q time of year again folks and the real signal that summer is on its way…
Right dust off the bar-b-q and roll it out into the back garden get the gloves on and get scrubbing… Use a good strong brush so and pick up a good bar-b-q cleaner at your local diy store.

Here are a few quick marinades for any chicken you are cooking on the bar-b-q. Like all marinades they need the meat to rest in a fridge for at least 4 hours to really get the flavours into the meat.

Classic Honey and mustard

Simplest of all of them…. just add some runny honey onto the chicken then mix in some full wholegrain mustard (I like the whiskey and whole grain mustard by Lakeshore…and you done. Wrap them in tin foil to prevent the honey blackening the meat before its fully cooked. (works great on sausages also bye the way)

Franks & Ketchup

Yep why not have em together ? Just mix 3 times the Franks Hot Sauce to -1 time ketchup add a teaspoon of smoked paprika and you will be hooked

Whiskey Sour Chicken (I don’t even like whiskey…Honest!)

Juice from 2 Lemons, thumb size ginger, desert spoon of honey- 1 shot/two caps of whiskey (optional add some lazy chili from the jar to heat it up)

Barbcue Chicken Marinated

Mens Shed Pizza

lamb kebab pizza

lamb kebab pizza

Wow, this ticks all the boxes…

So the name comes from the gang of 16 lads I play tennis with every Thursday. Well I say play tennis with but actually its more of an excuse to pop out for one or two beers to be honest. No Thursday would be complete without the obligatory pizza served up by the friendly guys behind the bar. It has been mentioned that the ultimate pizza would be a kebab pizza. So I tried this out and yep I reckon it is indeed the ultimate pizza !

Buy a fresh pizza dough prepared to bake in the oven most supermarkets have them.

Roll it out according to the packets instructions and let it relax.

Fry 150 grams of lamb mince with some lazy garlic until cooked through (10 mins max)

Get your smallest pot and gradually heat a table spoon of harissa paste or use a mix of 1 tea spoon of smoked paprika, 1 of chilli powder and half tea spoon of cumin powder all together.(no oil needed). Pour 300 mls of tomato passata into the pot add a pinch of salt and stir well.

Using a dessert spoon slowly pour the the spicy sauce onto the pizza base.

Now throw on the minced lamb.

Add some chopped red onions and green peppers.

For the garlic sauce finely chop 3 garlic cloves add to some 3 desert spoons of natural yogurt and a teaspoon of olive oil and blend all together with a half a fist full of chopped herbs (parsley is best). Now splash it all over the pizza to your taste.

Bang! There ya go. Mens Shed Pizza….


Can’t do without ! Very Lazy chopped chilies and chopped garlic.

Very Lazy Chopped Chillies

Very Lazy Chopped Chillies

Both Very Chillies and Very Lazy Garlic are fantastic. So handy

A must have in the fridge and lasts forever coz they are in white wine to preserve them.

Perfect Rice

perfect rice

perfect rice

Ok lads don’t be afraid of this one…’s a sinch!

Boil some water (2 parts water to 1 part rice is the best ratio)

Add a table spoon salt to the water as its boiling

Rinse the rice (I use basmati) in a strainer under cold water and pop it in the pot with lid on for 11 minutes (approx) you should see mini holes with steam shooting out at this point.

Done! Pour excess water off using a strainer give it a quick stir and you’ve got perfect rice.

Winter Warmer Soup


So this is one of my favourite soups and one of the easiest to do.

This should just take about 20-30 minutes start to finish, then it lasts up to 3 days in the fridge.

So if you just back from the great outdoors maybe standing on the side of a pitch and feeling the cold then this it the perfect soup to have ready to heat on the top ring or pop in the microwave.

Ideal with my homemade brown bread and some real butter!

Equipment –

  • Get a large pot (biggest you can find)
  • Blitzer wand thingy that blends stuff…. if not a food processor will do.

Do in this order…..

2-3 large sweet potatoes – peeled and chopped into chunks (approx 800 grams if your fussy).

Start frying the sweet potatoes on mid to high heat in some olive oil (1 teaspoon should do)

Chorizo  (150 grams) chopped into pieces.I use the Pamplona Chorizo as it has a more paprika type flavour

Now chop up the following and add it in as you go in this order (keep stirring)

1 large onion (roughly chopped)

2 carrots (roughly chopped)

2 sticks of celery (roughly chopped)

Fresh Parsley – stalks and all – (handful will do)

1 teaspoon of Madras curry powder.

Keep stirring !!!

Add 1 vegetable stock cube with water according to its instructions

Add 1 chicken stock cube with water according to its instructions

Throw both of them into the pot

Add in the last ingredient a dessert spoonful of honey

Now use a blitzer wand thingy until all the veg and chorizo is blended into a smooth soup add some water if it is still too thick.

Now your sorted!