Sponsored PostI'm pretty new to bbq's partly because I'm vegetarian and partly because I'm not a burger in a bun kind of girl. Maybe I've been unluckily but the food on a bbq just never appealed to me.
Recently though I've had my mind changed. I no longer think of a bbq as a place to get tasteless burgers smothered in tomato sauce and stuffed into a boring white bread roll. It's now become an outdoor cooker and a place to relax with friends and family. So when I was invited to take part in The Charcoal Challenge by The Money Supermarket ... well I couldn't say no.
Armed with £50 I set off to Tesco to pull together a spread for Me, Mr Dad, RoRo, RaRa, Eldest, Nana, Grandad, a couple of my girls friends and their friends mum plus her toddler (six kiddies and five adults.
I bought ...
Diced chicken - £2.95, diced lamb £4, diced pork £3.99, Sausages (8) £1.99, chicken legs (4) £2.13
Salad & Vegetables
Carrots £1, new potatoes £1.40, Aubergine £1.50, fine beans £1.50, cherry tomatoes £2, Iceburg lettuce £1, orange pepper x2 £1.60, red pepper x2 £1.60, cucumber £0.65, standard tomatoes £1.50, Lemon x3 £0.65, beetroot pack £0.80, courgette £0.40, frozen mini corn on the cob £1.35.
subtotal = £13.60
Halloumi cheese £2.35, parmasan cheese £3.50, houmous £1.20.
Grapes £2, Strawberries x2 £4.
Pitta x2 £0.44, hula hoops £1, pringles x2 £2.48, black olives £1.05.
Total Spend = £48.43
I also used a cupfull of puy lentils (from a packet at home), a table spoon of couscous (from a packet at home), herbs from the garden (mint, parsley, thyme, coriander), home made elderflower fizz (adults), water for the kids and about a 1/4 of a bag of charcoal (from a packet at home).
It made a rather glorious spread.
Garlic Thyme Chicken
Chicken, lamb & pork skewers in herbs an oil plus halloumi, tomato & courgette skewers
Plus sausages, corn on the cob (cooked in foil)
Aubergine and lentil salad
Tomato and onion salad
New potato, parmesan and black olive salad (& bowls of peppers, cucumber, beetroot, beans n' carrots)
There was so much food! Not photographed but also on the table were warmed pittas, the hoummous, lettuce, crisps grapes and strawberries (these were chomped by the kids in seconds ... I'll leave them hidden next time!
I only cooked half the meat, half the halloumi kebabs (I made ten) and there was plenty of everything else left over. My guests brough some bottles of drink with them so apart from the home made elderflower fizz (you can see it in the top photo) and a cup of coffee we did well.
The food I bought could easily have accommodated another 3-4 families. Money well spent!
Note: I was sent £50 from Money Supermarket to cover the cost of the food for this entry into their competition. All the content is my own and it was very tasty.