Did you know that this week was National BBQ week?
I didn’t know it was myself until today but funnily enough, I did actually buy a BBQ at the weekend as we were planning a Bank Holiday Monday BBQ (Yes, I’m the person who’s responsible for the change in weather as I bought some garden furniture too).
We’ve spent years with our garden looking more like a playground with everything from a 10ft trampoline to goal posts along with more tennis rackets than you’ll find at Wimbledon and balls in all shapes and sizes. I’m not complaining though, we deliberately made our garden fun because I’d always rather have the kids playing there than where I can’t keep an eye on them so the more fun the garden was, the more likely they were to bring their friends around.
Now that they’re older, we’ve got rid of most of the garden toys and games we had (other than the Swingball set which we still love) and our garden actually looks like a garden for the first time since we moved in which is why we bought a BBQ, because we plan to spend a lot more time outdoors this Summer.
I’m pretty impressed with the BBQ we bought so I’ll probably share more about that with you in the next few weeks but in the meantime, I wanted to share with you a recipe we tried out on Monday. They were so tasty and as they were made using a can of SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham and vegetables we already had in the fridge, they were also incredibly good value.
I didn’t tell anyone what they were made with and just dished them up with the rest of the BBQ food and after the burgers, they were the first thing to go!
SPAM® BBQ Kebabs (Makes 4 Kebabs)
1 x 340g can of SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham cut into 1″ cubes
1 x red pepper – cut into 1″ cubes
1 x yellow pepper – cut into 1″ cubes
1 x large red onion – cut into quarters and each quarter halved horizontally to give 8 pieces/chunks
8 x mushrooms
Vegetable oil for brushing
1 x small jar mango chutney or pineapple and chilli jam (optional)
Kebab sticks – which have previously been soaked in water
These kebabs are super easy to put together – so much so that I just left the kids to make them once I’d cut the cubes. Even then I could have let them do that but I wanted them to look good so I did this bit so the cubes were all actual cubes.
- Thread cubes of SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham on to soaked kebab sticks alternating with the vegetables to give a colourful portion.
- Brush the kebabs with oil and a little mango chutney if using and place on the hot BBQ, turning them over until all the SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham and vegetables are nicely browned all over and cooked.
How simple is that?
And while we’re on the subject of SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham, I’m going to share Mr Frugal’s signature dish with you because I don’t think I’ll ever get the chance to again as it’s definitely not something that deserves a post of its own. 😉
It’s something he was taught to make in the cadets when he was camping once and the first time he made it for me, he was so pleased with himself but it looked so awful that I could barely bring myself to eat it – especially when he told me it was called ‘Mush’. But it turned out to be the most delicious meal ever and even now, he makes it every now and again and we always enjoy it!
He basically sliced the SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham and grills it until its cooked through and slightly brown on both sides and then he chops that into small cubes. At the same time, he has two pans on – one with two tins of beans in and the other with four eggs scrambling. When everything is cooked, he stirs the scrambled eggs into the beans and adds the meat.
I could eat that right now so I might have to go get him to make it for me for tea. 😉
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