Friday, 28 May 2010

Weekend BBQ

I've come to realise that women across all cultures love to take on the role of feeders. Take last night's BBQ at Beverly's house for example. All the women, 2 French, 2 German and 2 Singaporeans, brought along lovingly prepared food to the table. The men knew better than to get into their way in the kitchen. They were happy to tag along and eat everything laid before them.

Beverly's dog, Shino.

Making a roaring entrance on their bikes.

Catherine was happy to put her new oven to work. She baked a tuna-olive cake and a banana cake. I don't know if the savoury tuna cake is a French specialty but it was a first for all of us, and it was delicious.

Catherine slicing the tuna-olive cake.

Here's my simple chickpea salad made using olive oil, lemon juice, onion, chilli padi, salt and black pepper.

Christiane's tomato-cucumber salad was really good, especially when eaten with the chickpeas.

Patricia, the only vegetarian, prepared parcels of vegetables for grilling while we chomped on freshly barbequed satay, shrimps, squid and fish.

Sandrine made a huge batch of potato salad, French style I think. The ladies also made sure that the meaty dinner was well balanced with lots of bread, fruits, cheese and desserts.

Conclusion - You can't go wrong if you invite women to a pot-luck party. You will have more than enough to eat!

Oh, and remember to bring along enough men to eat all that food.

Shino is the classic lap dog who will happily allow you to cuddle him.


Nick Phillips said...

Awwww Shino looks just like Pebbles :D

Open Kitchen Concept said...

Sounds yummy.. Hm... for the chickpeas salad.. do you buy canned chick peas or dried ones that you soak.. I always have some problems with the dried ones.. :(

Blur Ting said...

Nick - Yes, and he's so good natured!

Blur Ting said...

OKC - I bought dried ones from Mustafa. They're more fresh. The longer they are kept on the shelves, the poorer the quality.

Soak them overnight in a pot of water.The water will turn foamy the next day. Discard the water and fill with fresh water. Then boil for 2 to 3 hours. The longer you boil, the softer the texture. I use a rice cooker to boil actually.

Don't add any salt while boiling as salt will toughen the skin. Season only when the peas have turned soft from cooking.

Malar said...

Ting, Do you have BBQ sauce recepi to share with? ;-))