Happy National BBQ Week!

Timing is everything; everybody knows that.

So could the sun really have timed his appearance more perfectly, than by appearing and establishing residence in the UK just in time for National Barbecue Week?


Well that’s exactly what he’s done.  It’s sunny, beautiful, hot, and people are happy.  Enter: barbecue.  You’ve probably all spent the entire weekend inhaling BBQ fumes (whether they’re your own, or wafting across the park, temptingly), but this week, you’re actually required to eat barbecues.

Buy a quick throwaway BBQ and head to the park after work, or assemble in a friend’s garden, and embrace the taste of deliciously charcoally meat and vegetables.

A Few Little Facts About Barbecues, from our friends at http://www.nationalbbqweek.co.uk :

1) BBQ & at-home eating & entertaining is now the UK’s No1 summer home leisure activity, with two-in-three households now owning a BBQ grill!

2) The UK’s biggest-ever Barbi-time was last year’s early May Bank Holiday, which recorded 11 million BBQ occasions, 7.5 million of which were held on April 29th, the day of the Royal Wedding, making this Britain’s No1 BBQ day of all-time!

3) Despite the tough economic climate, many consumers will now spend around £35 on food and drink for a BBQ, up from £19 just five years ago!

4) BBQ’s are no longer male dominated with just on 51% tangleling with the tongs, whilst 49% of women now go for the grill.

5) Couples are 3 times more likely to host a BBQ than singles, only 4% of pensioners are likely to have a Barbi. 8% of adults claim to have found love over the coals!

So have the loveliest week of summery barbecues, everyone! And definitely send in recipe suggestions and inventions, as and when you’re hit by the lightening bolt of inspiration! Let’s see this Jubilee Bank Holiday in in sizzling STYLE.

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And finally, we mustn’t forget to mention…

THE AUSSIE BARBECUE ROUTINE (as seen on Aussie BBQ sites)

1) The woman buys the food.
2) The woman makes the salad, prepares the vegetables, and makes dessert.
3) The woman prepares the meat for cooking, places it on a tray along with the necessary cooking utensils and sauces, and takes it to the man who is lounging beside the grill – beer in hand.
Here comes the important part:
More routine….
5) The woman goes inside to organise the plates and cutlery.
6) The woman comes out to tell the man that the meat is burning. He thanks her and asks if she will bring another beer while he deals with the situation.
Important again:
More routine…..
8) The woman prepares the plates, salad, bread, utensils, napkins, sauces and brings them to the table.
9) After eating, the woman clears the table and does the dishes.
And most important of all:
10) Everyone PRAISES the MAN and THANKS HIM for his cooking efforts.
11) They tell good old Aussie barbie jokes like:
Question: What do you call a boomerang that wont come back
Answer: A stick
12) The man asks the woman how she enjoyed ‘ her night off.’ And, upon seeing her annoyed reaction, concludes that there’s just no pleasing some women….
Footnote: If the Barbecue catches fire then the man gets out the hosepipe. Meanwhile, the woman calls the fire brigade.

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