Vegetarians Can Barbecue Too – Our Delicious Spread

The sun decided to show its face yesterday. A whole 26 degrees worth of face! Crazy! That’s so warm for London that my mum actually messaged me from Australia to remind me to wear sunscreen. Thanks, Mum.

My housemates and I wanted to make the most of the amazing weather by having a little barbecue in our back garden. It’s a communal garden that no one in our building ever really uses but it seemed a shame that the massive patch of grass would go to waste on such a nice evening.

As one housemate was given a barbecue for his birthday by someone completely awesome (hint: it was me), it was the perfect opportunity for the little green bucket to make its début.

Barbecue

Barbecue culture is one thing I really miss from Australia so it was nice to recreate this, even if it was on a much smaller scale. And it was nice not having to keep a little ‘meat-free’ zone aside!

Earlier in the day, we’d taken a quick trip to our local farmers’ market and picked up some tasty sourdough bread and a nice supply of vegetables, including an amazing array of rainbow tomatoes. The tomatoes were definitely the pick of the day as they were so sweet and flavourful – perfect for salads and for sticking on a skewer and barbecuing!

Farmers' market Haul

Farmers' Market Bread

Farmers' Market Tomatoes

Our menu for the evening included:

  • Fresh Sourdough Bread
  • Vegan Potato Salad
  • Rainbow Tomato Garden Salad
  • Linda McCartney Red Onion & Rosemary Sausages
  • Halloumi & Lemon Filo Cigars
  • Spicy Tofu & Mediterranean Vegetable Skewers

And of course a barbecue isn’t complete without a nice array of summery beers and ciders!

We spent the evening cooking up and devouring our delicious feast without a shred of meat in sight. Here’s the results:

Summer BBQ 2

Summer BBQ

Potato Salad

Summer BBQ 3

Tofu Skewers

Veg Sausages

Halloumi Cigars

Tofu Skewers 2

Tofu Skewers 3

Summer Drinks

Summer BBQ 5

Happy summer!

36 thoughts on “Vegetarians Can Barbecue Too – Our Delicious Spread

  1. What a fantastic way to spend the day. I’m new to vegan and have since stayed away from breads. Is sour dough typically vegan?

    1. It was such a lovely day! :)

      From what I know, the basis of sourdough is generally flour, water and yeast. I’m not a vegan (though I do avoid eggs) so I’m not 100% sure – it may sometimes have milk in it so always best to check!

    1. Thanks! Trying to make the most of the London summer while it lasts! I give it a week… ;-)

      The skewers really really yummy and the halloumi cigars were great! I didn’t know you could barbecue filo either but Ross Dobson informed us we could in ‘Fired Up Vegetarian’ so we went for it! We learnt the hard way that we should probably cook it away from the open flame… oops!

    1. Haha, thank you! :D

      You’re in luck as the recipe is actually on my blog here: http://wp.me/p2jz5Z-JN (shameless plug!). I used less oil this time and forgot the parsley but it was still delicious!

      I suspect there will be many more veggie barbecues before the summer is over…

    1. Thank you! My neighbours probably wondered why on earth I was taking so many photos of our food!

      Maybe you’ll just have to throw another barbecue to get pics. ;-)

  2. This is great, your farmers market veggies are beautiful! I’ve never had the courage to throw an all vegetarian bbq, but I have snuck a vegan chocolate mousse into a potluck before. ;)

    1. Thanks! The farmers’ market veggies were so good. The tomatoes were honestly some of the best I’ve ever eaten!

      I’m lucky in that one of my housemates is also a vegetarian and the other is happy to eat veggie but it can be hard to convince others how good it can be! I love sneaking in vegan dishes (especially baking) to parties or the office. ;-)

    1. Thanks so much! :) I’m a vegetarian too but experimenting more and more with vegan foods. This barbecue was delicious! Fingers crossed the amazing London weather keeps up so we can have many more. ;-)

      1. That’s a good thing to do. There is so much lovely food out there. Yes, let’s hope the weather holds for more BBQ’s.

    1. Thanks! We had so much good food that night – think we rolled back up to our flat! ;-) The Linda McCartney sausages are definitely my favourites of the veggie brands and the rosemary ones are extra delicious!

  3. […] little portable bubble that although adorable and fun, barely holds more than a few sausages (like the barbecue my housemates and I have). They have a proper, built in, multi-burner, multi-plate, hooded barbecue. And in a happy stroke […]

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