It’s that time of the year when the sun comes out, the trees are blossoming and the smell of BBQs can be smelt wafting over many a garden fence. With regards to BBQ meat theres no point trying to do anything too wild, simple is best. Sizzling sausages, juicy steaks and chicken drumsticks are best cooked as is, drizzled with a little oil if needed, to really appreciate the smokey element a BBQ gives the juicy meat. So to liven up your BBQ it's the accompaniments that need a bit a love. Rather than serving up a lettuce, cucumber and tomato salad (yawn) why not try a super easy baba ganoush, it takes minutes and adds a wow factor to any BBQ offering.
3 large aubergines
2 garlic cloves
Juice of a small lemon
2 tbsps tahini
3 glugs olive oil
Pinch of cayenne pepper
Handful of chopped parsley
Salt and pepper to taste
Pierce the skins of the aubergines with a fork then grill for 10 minutes over a hot coal BBQ (or place directly onto the flame of a gas hob) till the skin has charred and the flesh is very soft.
Let cool for 5 minutes then peel the charred skin from the aubergines. Put in a blander with all of the other ingredients then simply whizz till smooth.
Serve trickled with olive oil, a few parsley leaves and pomegranate seeds.