All posts tagged: barbecue

The Barbecue King Loses His Crown

The pressure all got too much for the self professed Barbecue King when he delivered a feast of distinctly average proportions this weekend. The first sign that the Greek God(zilla) might be slightly off his game was when he returned home from the supermarket shop with only half of the food items I was expecting. This is actually not that unusual, he regularly edits the shopping list as he wanders the aisles; replacing things that he does not like such as mushrooms, courgettes and pink lady apples with things that he does like – you know, essentials such as Haloumi, houmous and multipacks of coke zeros. However, this time the absence of eggs, bread and teabags was down to both the shopping list, and his phone, being left at home.  Alas, nothing new there either. We believe it all started with the tzatziki, which was uncharacteristically runny and without its familiar punch of garlic, but the first real sense we got of the theme to come, was when we tried to cut into the rock solid hotdog rolls. This led to a mad dash to the local …

The Greek God(zilla)’s Guide to Barbecuing

The Greek God(zilla) believes that the Greeks and in particular, his mother, have shaped a way of eating that no other country can rival. The food is drizzled in olive oil, garnished with feta cheese, washed down with red wine, and best eaten outdoors surrounded by family and friends. If you are Greek, then the ability to cook over fire is more than a skill to be mastered, it is a birthright. The Greek God(zilla) will jump at any opportunity to pull out the tongs and light up the coals.  There is nothing that can come between him and his barbecue; or anybody else’s barbecue for that matter. Having observed the master at work for many years now, I have pulled together the following guide so you too can barbecue the Greek God(zilla) way. Choosing the right BBQ is not important. A BBQ master can work on any fire. It’s all about the heat. Under no circumstances must anyone stick a sausage on the barbie before the coals have turned white, EVER.  If you witness a barbecue chef attempt to skip this process, intervene immediately and relieve them of their tongs. …

Bum Sport

“Why don’t you invite Victoria & Gary over for a BBQ tomorrow instead of lunch at the pub?” suggested the Greek God(zilla) on Saturday as he folded his cricket whites neatly into a bag emblazoned with the word BumSport on the side. “I’ll go to Sainsburys in the morning” was the last thing he said to me before he went off to play cricket for the rest of the afternoon. Lovely idea, I thought. “Lovely idea” agreed Victoria when we spoke a few minutes later.  “I’m in Sainsbury’s now, shall I pick up some sausages?” “It’s ok” I replied cheerily “Pan is going in the morning” Then off I went to get Zachy ready for the In the Night Garden Live Show and didn’t give it another thought. It was about 8pm when Pangry called to say he had pulled a muscle seriously injured his calf muscle making his 7th run and couldn’t walk.  He likened the pain to being shot in the leg and added that he now knew how JFK felt on the day he was …

The One Where BB brought her new fella

The weather was perfect for YiaYia’s annual Greek Easter barbecue yesterday.  The usual crowds were there – the Griwi’s, the A-Team, Rob 1, Anna, George, John & Aleko, Carolyn & Dave, plus some newbies – BB’s friends Paula and Ariana, two of Keri’s mates and Rob 2, BB’s ‘friend’ (who she also smooches) who we were to be introduced to for the first time yesterday – what a beautiful time for your family to make a good impression on your new man – after an afternoon spent boozing it up in the sun! There was enough meat on the barbie to recreate Lady Gaga’s VMA dress a few times over and for the vegetarians, sausages. My hubby was on drinks this year, and he did it very well, drink, that is.  Not so much of the getting them for other people though. The A-Team arrived first with chocolate eggs for the kids and Papou’s favourite wine. Carolyn & Dave arrived next.  “Nona’s here!” Carolyn announced proudly before scooping up one of the Griwi babies.  Nona …