I don’t know about you, but I love the summer and hot weather, mainly because it’s salad and BBQ time! Salads are quick, easy and light and ideal for hot summer days but what about the BBQ’s?

Well, the men cook them don’t they? Men would have us believe that they are the BBQ kings and do all the work, but behind the scenes we are chopping, marinating and preparing delicious dishes to go with the sausage or chicken leg. Have a great summer everyone and hope you enjoy the recipes below? The Boozy Steaks are firm favourites along with the Spicy Chicken Wings. The Spare Rib Sauce also goes very well with chops, chicken legs or sausages, so get marinating.

Buen Apetito

Smoky Fish Skewers

350g smoked cod fillet
350g cod fillet
8 large raw prawns
8 bay leaves


4 tbsp sunflower oil
2 tbsp lemon juice
Grated lemon rind
¼ tsp dill
Salt and pepper
Make the marinade by combining all the ingredients. Leave fish in marinade for 2 to 4 hours coating every 15 minutes. Thread fish through skewers, alternating with slices of lemon and bay leaf. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes on BBQ

Boozy Beef Steaks

4 beef steaks
4 tbsp whisky or brandy or red wine
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp dark muscovado sugar
Place steaks in a shallow dish. Combine the alcohol, soy sauce, sugar and pepper. Pour over the steak. Leave for minimum 2 hours, or overnight in fridge. Cook for 4 to 10 minutes depending on the thickness of steak and personal preference.

Sauce for Barbecued Spare Ribs

90ml tomato ketchup
45ml clear honey
30ml red wine vinegar
30ml mustard
Salt and pepper
Mix together all ingredients and brush over the ribs. Baste the ribs during cooking with any remaining sauce.

Honey, Mint and Cucumber Salad

2 x 200g tub Greek yogurt
60ml (4tbsp) blended clear honey
2 whole cucumbers, chopped
60ml mint, fresh chopped
30ml lime juice
In a large bowl mix together all the ingredients until combined and serve immediately.

Spicy Peanut Chicken Wings

60ml sesame oil
60ml white wine vinegar
45ml crunchy peanut butter
45ml clear honey
30ml chilli sauce
900g chicken wings or drum sticks if preferred
Whisk ingredients together to make marinade. Place chicken wings in a large container and pour over marinade. Cover and refrigerate for as long as possible, preferably over night. Bake chicken wings in an oven 220º C for 35-45 minutes turning and basting frequently, or cook on barbeque.