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Autumn Barbecue 2014 05 October 2014

Another barbecue gone by. No photos this time as I wasn't taking them.

The rain, as forecast, was heavy in the late morning when I was setting up, and continued until about 3pm. The tent coped, though it's not ideal for the job as it tends to build up water in slack spaces on the fabric then dump it on the unsuspecting. The gazebo roof is definitely not what it was now; it's good enough for working under, but it really needs replacement.

As usual I started cooking when Chris went to fetch the first batch of people from the station, but for some reason (perhaps the charcoal was more enthusiastic than usual) by the time they got here there were already eight steak-and-garlic burgers ready to eat, and sausages in progress. The cooking seemed to stay ahead of people's hunger reasonably effectively, and as usual I cooked more than people really wanted to eat. Some people brought steaks in marinade, which while they needed a little extra arrangement appeared to work well and were certainly delicious.

A side note: the instructions on charcoal say that one should wait for the flames to die down before one cooks over it. This seems to me to throw away much of the cooking potential! So I put metal trays over the flames for burgers and such like, then cook sausages more slowly later. Thick steaks take ages, though, and I think people may have taken them before they were really ready.

I went back to using iced water for beer cooling, which seemed to work fairly well. Draught beer was Mansion Mild, an all-year brew from the Tring Brewery which I'd picked up on Friday, as well as some growlers from Camden and Brewdog (thanks to I.) the contents of which I didn't note in detail.

Thirteen guests plus us, which didn't feel too crowded. Conversation was wide-ranging as usual.

If you are reading this and think you should be getting barbecue invitations, let me know…


  1. Posted by Owen Smith at 12:35pm on 06 October 2014

    I brought my camera but didn't get it out, partly because it was chucking it down with rain initially. Next time I'll take some pictures.

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