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Beach BBQ Menu

With this glorious heatwave we’re currently experiencing (ok, maybe I’ve spoken too soon), we’ve been BBQ’ing on the beach every evening we can. I got a little patriotic after Murray’s Wimbledon win and bought this red, white and blue picnic rug so have been using it at every BBQ’ing opportunity!

Most people’s reaction when I tell them I practically live on the beach is “WOW you’re so lucky”. I get it, its awesome, but some days when you’ve been sat in a sticky office and not able to even get out in the sun at all during the day, I can tell you it sucks being so close to the seaside.

So in the evenings we dash to the beach, armed with our BBQ, chasing the last few rays.

If we’re lucky, I even get a glimpse of the lifeguards packing up.

After three continuous days of chicken, steak and burgers on the BBQ, I fancied a bit of a change to our usual speedy routine of grabbing food out of the packet and cooking it. The food prep time is limited to around 5 minutes, so thought I’d share with you what I’ve come up with!

Sizzling Prawn Skewers

Marinate enough prawns for your picnickers (I normally allow 6 big ones for each skewer) with some Sweet Chilli Sauce. Add a sprinkle of chilli powder, a little squidge of honey and some chilli flakes. Pop them in the fridge while you’re at work. Chop up some red onion and pointed sweet peppers and thread with the prawns onto the skewers. Cook on the BBQ until crisp.

Naughty Mushrooms

Pick up a pack of large mushrooms, like Portobello and snip off the stem. In a bowl combine finely chopped sweet pepper (about half a pepper), 3-4 finely chopped spring onions, 1 or 2 teaspoons of pesto depending on tastes (homemade if you have time), and half a roll of chopped goats cheese. Divide the mixture on top of each mushroom. Place directly on the grill and leave to cook for 20 minutes.

These are one of my finest inventions. I adapted the mixture from my Stuffed Potato recipe and now I don’t know which one’s better!

Simple Salmon

I love salmon and usually spice it up with lots of chilli, honey and soy Asian flavours. Sometimes I like taking it back to basics. Make a little tin bed for the salmon and squeeze half a lemon into each. Add a finely chopped garlic clove and some mixed herbs. Wrap in the foil and cook in their beds for around 10-15 minutes.

Three simple recipes, and a different and flavoursome BBQ.

After devouring our food we had a little visitor on the beach in the doggy form of our friends new puppy Macey.

She’s trained well and even arrived with some chocolate dipped strawberries.

We sat and watched the sun set while Macey licked away at our plates.

Some great beach side food and a very beautiful evening.

meet ceba

Bank holiday weekends usually mean one thing. Dissapointment. Those plans to go camping with friends turn into a wet and miserable struggle to pitch a tent, and that BBQ you’d planned is rained off and switched for a takeout infront of Britains Got Talent.

Oh how times have changed!

The sun has got his hat on, hip hip hip hooray! I want to introduce you to a new family member…

Meet Ceba.

My cousins beautiful Lhasa Apso. He is 8 months old and this was his second trip to the seaside.

He’s learnt the tricks of the trade with the girls. A total ladies man.

He also brought some friends too. My gorgeous second cousin Oriel and my cousin Adam also ventured out of boring-stoke for a day on the beach.

Boscombe beach was bustling with holiday makers, families and 9 to 5ers making the most of a boozy weekend with no work on Monday! I’ll drink to that!

No trip to the beach is complete without a scoop or two of Purbeck ice-cream. I cannot resist Honeycombe Hash! After wading through the tourists in Boscombe, and discovering Ceba couldn’t have his first dip in the sea as the “no dogs on the beach” had just been introduced, we went back to my home town.

Ceba met Bella. It was love at first sight.

Patryk gave Ceba a dunk in the sea and to everyone’s amazement, the dog can swim!

I wouldn’t say he’s won over by the sea…

Me and Oriel spent the rest of the afternoon playing sharks in the paddling pool. I’ve been playing in this very pool since I was 7 years old, but it’s a whole lot shallower that I remember!

I hope you had a nice bank holiday weekend. How’s that sunburn?

the village life

Life in the village is pretty amazing. It’s a bit like psychological rehab. No phones, limited internet, lots of nature to keep you occupied and miles and miles of walking ground to let your mind go crazy.  Spring is one of my favourite times of the year to visit Branscombe as the whole village is transformed into a mini Chelsea flower show as locals compete for the very best front garden.

Last weekend we packed up the duvet and an overnight bag, jumped in the car and raced to Devon for a little bit of the village life.

Look who greeted us when we arrived. How can you say no to walkies with those big blue eyes?

Off we went, headed for the beach, Dave and Trigger in tow.

Remember Trigger? Well he needs a bit of taming.

A long walk with the dogs, a huge helping of cottage pie, some local ciders and a few rounds of cards later, we called it a night.

Sunday dawned and we warmed ourselves up with a full English. This is the day we’d travelled across Dorset and Devon for, The Axe Vale Point to Point!

This face tells me he’s up to no good.


And indeed he was. A little practical joke on a very gullible friend later we were ready for the races.

Point to Point is a fashion show for the country folk (dogs included) and an opportunity to bet on some amateur horse racing. It’s a whole day event which is held on the hill at Stafford Cross, just outside Seaton. A tradition spanning hundreds of years, locals flood the grounds in their thousands dressed head to toe in tweed and Barbour. It was a cold, cold day.

But nothing a Otter brew can’t fix.

There’s some interesting characters around. Old gentlemen in crazy propeller inspired hats, and lots and lots of tweed.

Did I mention the dogs? Well they’re the ultimate fashion accessory.


We darted for the totes in time for the first race.

My money was on Miss Cupcake.

Unfortunately, she was so behind, she’s not even in this picture.

We did have some wins as the races went on but the freezing cold wind and the fact I couldn’t feel my fingers and toes were enough for me to call it a day and find the food tent.


Julie and I thoroughly stuffed our faces with home-made cakes and sandwiches until the races drew to a close and the boys grumpily stomped to find us mourning their losses.

Point to Point is held all over the country and you can check out upcoming events here. Don’t forget to wear your thermals!