Put your hands up if you love a barbecue. If your hand is not up, why not!! It is a fact that we love a barbecue. It has indeed been known for our family to have 4 in one week – Yes that probably constitutes borderline barbecue addicts.
Last Saturday proved to be the perfect day for The Mistry barbecue. This annual shindig proves to be a feast full of food, and this year was just that.
For starters – From piled high bruschetta, to pretzels, nachos and crudités to dunk in an array of homemade dips – tzatziki, guacomole, aubergine and coriander, and a jalapeño dip that knocked your socks off. Then came the pakoras. Pakora’s at a barbecue? Yes homemade pakora’s, that’s how the Mistry barbecue rolls. This mountain of fried beauties were hands down the best pakoras around. Delicately spiced, crunchy, not at all oily, and oh so deliciously moreish. There was an inner battle to step away from the pakora’s.
There was endless amounts for the main. Not one burger but three – Tuna steak, halloumi and pesto and lamb. Then there was tandoori chicken, chicken thighs, sticky ribs, garlic prawns and pizza. The tuna steak was cooked to perfection, which was pretty impressive given the quantity of food cooking was enough to feed an army. The garlic prawns were juicy and plump and the ribs were finger licking good. The pizza, now we must all take a moment to savour the pizza. To give you an idea, before I could even snap a pic it was gone. The perfect Italian pizza, hand stretched and thin crust, one bite and I am in pizza heaven!
Mr Mistry I need that dough recipe!
If the mains weren’t enough enter the sides – Spicy rice, potato salad, pasta, chickpea salad, grilled veggies, coleslaw and Mr Mistry’s Red Onion Chutney, which was nothing short of being spot on. If there is one thing that is an absolute must at a barbecue, it’s corn on the cob. Not the most sociable things to eat, it’s a bit like spaghetti, you have to hide in the corner praying no-ones looking, but I am willing to make the sacrifice for corn on the cob. And for dessert, Tiramisu with fruit salad. Given I don’t like coffee I am not a Tiramisu fan, but everyone who did dive in raved about it.
From food to drink, mocktails for the little monsters and cocktails for the grown-ups, Mr Mistry had the cocktail shaking down like a pro. Mint Julep, Mojito, Bramble, Moscow Mule, Tequila Sour, there were many to choose from.
Second to Cosmopolitan (hint hint for next time), my next fave is a Tequila Sunrise. Perfect proportions of Tequila, fresh orange juice and grenadine, the only thing missing was my umbrella and sparkler! Come the evening the fire-pit was lit, the giant marshmallows were toasting and some crazy dancing occurred.
Nibbles ‘n’ Scribbles x