Claire Justine

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Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Summer Holidays & Campfire Cooking...


Not long left at school now before the big six weeks holiday. It is now time to think about planning days out and fun meals in the garden.

I was so fed up with all that rain we had last week, it stopped us enjoying eating outside ( I must buy a canopy very soon!!) but luckily the weather turned beautiful again over the weekend and we have been dining out in style again.

This week we have teamed up with Simply Hike to share one of our favourite things to do every day throughout the Summer. That will be eating outside in the Sunshine then! As long as it sunny, that is!!


We love to eat outside. A morning cup of coffee here, a sandwich at lunch time there but my favourite time of the day is at dinner time when we are all home together and share some yummy food, talk nonsense and share some laughter together.

My Husband is always asking me to go camping, it is something I have always fancied doing but I would not know where to start. How much would you need to buy? just to start. I am guessing the first place to start would be to buy a tent! We love the outdoors and making food outside is a nice change.


So this Sunday we planned a BBQ and had our dinner outside. I have not cleaned our old BBQ up yet. So the trusty throwaway ones I bought came in handy. Perfect if you're going out on a picnic for the day or going camping and do not want to take a big BBQ with you too.


For our dinner, we cooked up some burgers, chopped up some tasty salad and made some home made chicken kebabs. They were so tasty. My son who is home from University suggested I try Cajun seasoning, it was not something I have ever tried before. Wow so glad I did, it has a lovely taste to it.


The BBQ  went down well, no leftovers. The dog was disappointed!!.  A lovely fun evening in the sunshine with family. What's not to like?!


Now we have the children enjoying eating out in in the garden again, I think it is time to clean our old BBQ up. Any volunteers kids?  Perfect for cooking some bacon for breakfast, sausage for lunch and kebabs for dinner.

Chicken and vegetable skewers:

Ingredients:

  • 590g Chicken breast fillets ( I cut into about 42-44 pieces)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 and a half tablespoons of Cajun
  • Sprinkle with sea salt
  • Sprinkle with ground pepper

Vegetables for the skewers:

  • 250 g Cherry tomatoes (around 24)
  • 1 Large yellow pepper (cut into around 24 cubes) 
  • 2 Medium onions (24 cut into cubes)
  • 1 Tablespoon of olive oil

Mixed Salad To Serve:

  • Makeup as much or as little mixed salad as you would like. I used: lettuce, tomatoes, onions, spring onions, cucumber red and green peppers.


How To Make Chicken Kebabs:

Makes around 14 kebabs sticks:

Step One:

Cut the chicken up into small cubed size pieces, place them into a bowl that you use for raw meats.

Sprinkle with the olive oil, about 1 and a half tablespoons of Cajun spices, a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Mix well. Cover and leave a few hours to marinate in the fridge.

Step Two:

Wash the cherry tomatoes, chop the yellow pepper into chunks, peel and chop the onions into chuck size pieces and pop into a salad container, place into the fridge for later.

Step Three:

Pop your chicken and veg onto each skewer whilst you are waiting for the BBQ to warm up. I tried to add 3 pieces of chicken and about 5 different pieces of veg onto each in a random order. Place on the hot BBQ for 10 to 20 minutes, depending on how good your BBQ is. These disposable ones took a long time, around 20 minutes but a proper one would only take about 12 ish minutes. Check the chicken is well cooked before serving.

Serve straight away with your favourite BBQ food and sides.

They taste great, yummy!!


As a bit of fun, we made up some fruit kebabs and melted some chocolate on the BBQ.

I suggest you eat the fruit kebabs raw and just add the melted chocolate to them or quickly hold the marshmallows over the flame for a few seconds to cook them if you wish. I popped some on the BBQ whilst I got my camera and burnt the marshmallows!!


I learnt my lesson for next time.


Fruit Kebabs:

Serves 4

You will need:
  • 2 Bananas ( half a banana for each kebab)
  • 12 Marshmallows (3 for each one)
  • 8 Strawberries (2 for each)
  • 80g Cooking chocolate
  • Sprinkle of Cinamon optional

How to make:
  1. Pop your fruit and marshmallows on kebab sticks in a random order.
  2. Put some cooking chocolate in a little cooking pan. Stir until all melted then remove from heat.
  3. You can lightly toast the marshmallows over a flame for a few seconds if you like or not.
  4. Spoon melted chocolate over them.


I am glad I had a few more strawberries left over for today's breakfast in the garden too. Love relaxing outside in the open air and peace and quiet!

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42 comments

  1. Wow some delicious bbq and picnic food! My hubby also wants to go camping - although for him it's lugging the equipment up a Lake District fell and spending 1 night under the stars!

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  2. One of the best parts about summer! Looks like a fun day x

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    1. Thanks Hannah, as well as going out camping it also makes a staying in day more fun too :)

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  3. All of the food looks amazing - especially those fruit kebabs with chocolate :)

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  4. Summer cook outs are the best!

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  5. Oooh this all looks amazing!! Those chicken kebabs look delicious and you can't beat a toasted marshmallow!

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  6. Love BBQs - your food looks delicious, love the sound of the kebabs :) x

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  7. We love eating outside, it makes the whole experience much more relaxing. We find it so lovely being in our garden with all the birds singing and the sun shining. We have two toddlers so when we eat outside and they make a mess, it is much easier than if we are inside as well.

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    1. Aww, it is so nice to get outside in the garden isn't it :)

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  8. We've been BBQing quite a bit recently. I marinaded our chicken skewers in honey, lemon and soy. Love the fruit skewers too.

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    1. That sounds tasty Kizzy, I shall try this one next time yum!!

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  9. We moved late last year and I can not wait to get the garden all sorted so that we can start having BBQ's again xx

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    1. Sounds great :) Thanks for stopping by.

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  10. I love Cajun seasoning! Will definitely be trying these recipes.

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    1. Thanks Laura, I am so glad my son brought some back home, it tastes great.

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  11. oh some lovely recipes and yes I love dinner outside with everyone. So nice and relaxing

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  12. It looks delicious. I enjoy eating el fresco as well.

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  13. Eating outside are some of my favorite childhood memories. Your food looks wonderful; I just ate breakfast and now I'm hungry again!

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    1. Aww, sorry Carol ;) Aww I remember the fun growing up eating outside too :)

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  14. You are making me very hungry now with all these food. Looks yummy.

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  15. I do love a good barbecue and those kebabs look amazing

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    1. Thanks Kara, they tasted great. I am glad it is the weekend again :)

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  16. The food looks great. My own BBQ favourite is halloumi and veg skewers, I want to try some different marinades...

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  17. This has made me very hungry for BBQ food! Looks amazing #pocolo

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  18. Love all those skewers and I agree I don't think you can beat eating al fresco. Thanks for sharing with #PoCoLo

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  19. Looks like fun!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  20. It all looks great Claire, we have finally got a picnic bench in the garden so I am crossing my fingers for more good weather so we can get out and enjoy it! I think cajun chicken kebabs and fruit kebabs looks like they'd be winners in our house! Thanks.

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  21. What a wonderful post, packed with so many great campfire cooking! I sure appreciate you sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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