Millions of Britons took yesterday’s soaring temperature gauge as their cue to fire up their barbecues for the first time this year. I was one of them. With a little culinary inspiration from celebrity chef Stéphane Reynaud, our barbecue à la française proved a winner.
This weekend the UK enjoyed its hottest weekend of the year.
As a result, Tesco was expecting to sell 200,000 steaks and 100,000 barbecue chicken packs over the two days. Sainsbury’s, meanwhile, was banking on one million burgers and ten million sausages leaving its stores.
In our house, we reached for Stéphane Reynaud’s book, the aptly named Barbecue.
There, we found a recipe for steak and prawns. My partner, Damon, duly marinated some rump steaks for three hours in a mixture of garlic, tomato sauce, meat extract, olive oil and, of course, salt and black pepper.
Served with potato salad and a salad, the meal was the perfect antidote to the coming working week.
We sat in the garden until way past ten o’clock, savouring the last moments of the hot weekend.