My parents own an allotment literally a stones throw from their house. They're growing pretty much everything this year and having salad, fruit and veggies on your doorstep is lovely. We decided to do our bbq by the side of our allotment, to produce less food mileage, eat our food as the sun went down and generally do something a little different. Oh, and we decided to go for a Jamaican theme. Yes. Jamaican. Max was ready to get into the spirit of things.
With the Jamaican theme fully in place, we had Red Stripe lager, Levi Roots Reggae Reggae sauce and Chilli Mango sauces. With some of the £50, I bought some sharing plates, dip bowls and bread plates from Matalan (which are now on special offer!) as I wanted something I could reuse for such occasions. We also had a variety of hot dips and spicy guacamole with some Cool Doritos. Nomanom!
We even donned leis, which should be strictly Hawaiian, but this made us feel like we were truly abroad and relaxing somewhere beautiful - even if the backdrop was a couple of sheds! With the iPod speakers playing a playlist of Jamaican and Reggae music, we really couldn't tell. My Mum had also made a rum punch that really did punch you when you drank it. I think it was a mix of Malibu, Bacardi, Sailor Jerry, and freshly squeezed juices. I drank too many of these.
Whilst the food was cooking, we chatted, played games, and said hi to other allotment owners coming to water their patch. It's the sort of place where it's really friendly, everyone knows each other, people were sampling Mum's dangerous punch and generally having a laugh. The men were acting like children, as ever!
When it was almost time to eat, my Mum picked and washed our fresh salad, some spring onions and rocket to have with our meal. There's something very rewarding about picking something from the floor that you've grown, washing it, and eating it. It's all very 'Dig For Victory'.
The chicken had been marinated in Reggae Reggae Sauce for 12 hours and was absolutely smackalicious to eat. It was only on the plate for pretty much these photos and then it was safely in our tums. We had to make a second batch because it was just so good! We just tore it up, plonked it on the sharing dish with the salad and ate it with our fingers. Delicious. We also barbequed fresh tuna steaks covered in chili, crab mango and avacado salad, and a Caribbean rice dish.
The sweetcorn is growing really well at the moment, and it's tall and beautiful. As you know, I'm never one to miss a Disney moment, so decided to sing Pocahontas songs whilst hiding in the sweetcorn itself. Classic Tamsin.
Many thanks to Money Supermarket who gave us the excuse to have a bbq (not that we needed one!) As we fed around 8 people, we did go slightly over the £50 budget, but we were able to purchase some gorgeous food, dips and crockery for the occasion, as well as some fancy dress (who can blame us?!) We loved the challenge and I can't see this being our last bbq at the allotment.